Levi Michael

  • The United States is in the throes of two unfolding energy revolutions, and partisans-convinced that only their side holds the key to American prosperity, security, and safety-are battling over which one should prevail. In The Power Surge, Michael Levi takes readers inside these revolutions to find out what's really happening-and which side is right. From the back roads of Ohio where old friends are warring over fracking, to the wilds of Colorado where speculators are chasing the holy grail of oil, he shows how oil and gas production, after decades in decline, are being propelled upward by new technologies and high prices, prompting enthusiasts to predict an economic renaissance and impending energy independence. On the other side of the fight, he visits California eco-startups developing game-changing technologies and Midwest manufacturers betting on a new energy future, revealing how more efficient cars and trucks are increasingly dominating the road and costs for renewable energy have plummeted, leading many to herald a starkly different future that moves beyond fossil fuels and saves the planet.
    Armed with on-the-ground lessons, and drawing on insights from economics, politics, international relations, and climate science, The Power Surge takes on the big claims made by both sides in the fight over American energy, showing what the changes underway mean for the United States and the world and explaining why the purists are often wrong. Both unfolding revolutions in American energy offer big opportunities for the country to strengthen its economy, bolster its security, and protect the environment. Levi shows how to seize those with a new strategy that blends the best of old and new energy while avoiding the real dangers that each poses.
    Sweeping in scope, provocative yet thoughtful, The Power Surge is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand the changes roiling American energy, and what they mean for our future.

  • In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and will continue to demand, massive quantities of resources. Like every other major power in modern history, China is looking outward to find them.
    In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and the global effects of its meteoric growth. China is now engaged in a far-flung quest, hunting around the world for fuel, ores, water, and land for farming, and deploying whatever it needs in the economic, political, and military spheres to secure the resources it requires. Chinese traders and investors buy commodities, with consequences for economies, people, and the environment around the world. Meanwhile the Chinese military aspires to secure sea lanes, and Chinese diplomats struggle to protect the country's interests abroad. And just as surely as China's pursuit of natural resources is changing the world--restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich economies through investment and trade--it is also changing China itself. As Chinese corporations increasingly venture abroad, they must navigate various political regimes, participate in international markets, and adopt foreign standards and practices, which can lead to wide-reaching social and political ramifications at home.
    Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a sweeping account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be--not just for China, but for the whole world.

  • The United States is in the throes of two unfolding energy revolutions, and partisans-convinced that only their side holds the key to American prosperity, security, and safety-are battling over which one should prevail. In The Power Surge, Michael Levi takes readers inside these revolutions to find out what's really happening-and which side is right. From the back roads of Ohio where old friends are warring over fracking, to the wilds of Colorado where speculators are chasing the holy grail of oil, he shows how oil and gas production, after decades in decline, are being propelled upward by new technologies and high prices, prompting enthusiasts to predict an economic renaissance and impending energy independence. On the other side of the fight, he visits California eco-startups developing game-changing technologies and Midwest manufacturers betting on a new energy future, revealing how more efficient cars and trucks are increasingly dominating the road and costs for renewable energy have plummeted, leading many to herald a starkly different future that moves beyond fossil fuels and saves the planet.
    Armed with on-the-ground lessons, and drawing on insights from economics, politics, international relations, and climate science, The Power Surge takes on the big claims made by both sides in the fight over American energy, showing what the changes underway mean for the United States and the world and explaining why the purists are often wrong. Both unfolding revolutions in American energy offer big opportunities for the country to strengthen its economy, bolster its security, and protect the environment. Levi shows how to seize those with a new strategy that blends the best of old and new energy while avoiding the real dangers that each poses.
    Sweeping in scope, provocative yet thoughtful, The Power Surge is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand the changes roiling American energy, and what they mean for our future.

  • Changements climatiques, raréfaction des réserves pétrolières, économie casino: en ce début de XXIe siècle, maintenir le statu quo est une option dangereuse susceptible de mener l'espèce humaine à sa perte. Prendrons-nous le risque d'un effondrement total en poursuivant dans la même voie? Ou aurons-nous la sagesse et le courage de changer radicalement de paradigme pour nous assurer un avenir commun?

    «Impératif Transition» nous invite à opérer un profond changement social, écologique et économique pour effectuer ce passage d'une économie fondée sur le dogme de la croissance infinie, carburant aux énergies fossiles, à des économies diversifiées, locales, résilientes et faibles en carbone.

    Dans la lignée du «Manuel de Transition», de Rob Hopkins, cet ouvrage de référence traite des grands enjeux stratégiques dans les domaines de l'autosuffisance énergétique, de l'agriculture soutenable, des innovations bancaires conviviales (prêt sans intérêt, microcrédit...), du logement abordable, de la démocratie économique et de la durabilité. Il s'appuie sur de très nombreux exemples d'actions entreprises aux quatre coins du globe, du Japon au Québec, en passant par la Suède et les États-Unis.

    Le livre de Michael Lewis et de Pat Conaty est un véritable remède contre le cynisme et le sentiment d'impuissance qui peuvent parfois nous gagner, tant les initiatives qu'il présente sont porteuses d'espoir et ouvrent des pistes de solutions concrètes pour entreprendre dès maintenant les changements nécessaires à la résilience collective.

  • Fort d'une analyse conjointe des quatre élections présidentielles de 1988, 1995, 2002, 2007, cet ouvrage dresse le portrait d'un électorat français, de l'évolution de ses opinions, de ses orientations idéologiques et de ses choix.
    Son intérêt est de montrer dans quelle mesure les variables dites "lourdes" (classe, patrimoine, âge, genre, religion, etc.) structurent ces choix et comment elles se combinent avec les facteurs propres à chaque scrutin (enjeux économiques, sécurité et immigration, images des candidats, vote sanction) pour influencer les résultats électoraux au premier et au second tours.
    En cartographiant sur deux décennies les éléments de continuité et de rupture inhérents au comportement des électeurs français, cette équipe internationale de chercheurs fournit non seulement une synthèse inédite, mais encore une grille d'interprétation privilégiée pour entrevoir la dynamique de la vie politique actuelle et les enjeux de l'élection présidentielle de 2012.

  • "Au cours de la dernière décennie, les marchés financiers ont évolué trop rapidement pour que la représentation mentale que nous nous en faisons demeure exacte. Je suis prêt à parier que l'image que la plupart des gens ont de ces marchés est encore celle d'un décor qu'un photographe aurait pu capturer. (...) Le monde s'accroche à cette image dépassée des places boursières parce qu'elle est rassurante, parce qu'il est difficile de se représenter celle qui l'a remplacée et parce que le peu de personnages qui sont à même de vous la représenter n'ont aucun intérêt à le faire. Ce livre tente de reconstituer cette image." Loin d'être un essai sur l'évolution des marchés, l'enquête de Michael Lewis s'attache à dresser le portrait des hommes à l'intérieur de la machine financière et offre le récit captivant d'une bataille invisible et pourtant cruciale, celle du temps. Plongez au coeur du Trading Haute Fréquence, suivez ses proies, ses chasseurs et prédateurs, désormais les nouveaux loups de Wall Street. C'est hilarant, terrifiant et tout est vrai.

  • Here, with his remorseless eye for the truth, the bestselling author of Liar's Poker turns his sights on his own domestic world. The result is a wickedly enjoyable cautionary tale.

    Lewis reveals his own unique take on fatherhood, dealing with the big issues and challenges of new-found paternity: from discovering your three-year-old loves to swear to the ethics of taking your offspring gambling at the races, from the carnage of clothing and feeding to the inevitable tantrums - of both parent and child - and the gradual realization that, despite everything, he's becoming hooked.

    Home Game is probably the most brazenly honest and entertaining book about parenting ever written.

  • From mere trainee to lowly geek, to triumphal Big Swinging Dick: that was Michael Lewis' pell-mell progress through the dealing rooms of Salomon Brothers in New York and London during the heady mid-1980s when they were probably the world's most powerful and profitable merchant bank. A true-life Bonfire of the Vanities, funny, frightening, breathless and heartless, his is a tale of hysterical greed and ambition set in an obsessed, enclosed world.

  • Michael Lewis is a master at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall Street in his national bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his mighty pen and set out on the 1996 campaign trail. As he follows the men who aspire to the Oval Office, Lewis discovers an absurd mix of bravery and backpedaling, heroic possibility and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a process so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him wondering if everyone involved--from the journalists to the candidates to the people who voted--isn't ultimately a loser.
    The contenders:
    Pat Buchanan: becomes the first politician ever to choose a black hat over a white one.
    Phil Gramm: spends twenty million dollars to convince voters of his fiscal responsibility.
    /> John McCain: makes the fatal mistake of actually speaking his mind.
    Alan Keyes: checks out of a New Hampshire hotel and tells the manager another candidate will be paying his bill.
    Steve Forbes: refuses to answer questions about his father's motorcycles.
    Bob Dole: marches through the campaign without ever seeming to care.
    Losers is a wickedly funny, unflinching look at how America really goes about choosing a President.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • While Michael Lewis worked as a bond dealer at Salomon Brothers he began his second career as a journalist and helped to record a real-life 'bonfire of the vanities'. Not afraid of interviewing the world's most notorious financiers or of revealing the treachery and deception behind some of the biggest financial deals ever made, in The Money Culture, Lewis provides a contemporary record of the ups and downs of the world's money markets and the rise and fall of some of the larger-than-life personalities.

  • This light-hearted look at business relations between Japan and the West follows the fortunes of two cultural transplants - Bob Collins, a forthright American insurance executive who lives and works in Tokyo, and Shuji Tomikawa, a Harvard-educated Japanese working for Mitsui Real Estate in New York City.Through his meetings with these men, the author is able to draw some surprising conclusions about current Japanese business practices, both in relation to foreigners attempting to trade with them, and in terms of their own headlong rush into overseas markets, from the Ginza bars of Tokyo to the wino gangs of Times Square.

  • Michael Lewis, the Master of the Big Story, is back with Flash Boys If you thought Wall Street was about alpha males standing in trading pits hollering at each other, think again. That world is dead.

    Now, the world's money is traded by computer code, in

  • This collected volume of original essays proposes to address the state of scholarship on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Americans responses to wilderness from first contact to the present. While not bringing a synthetic narrative to wilderness, the volume will gather competing interpretations of wilderness in historical context.

  • Derrida and Lacan: Another Writing argues that Jacques Derrida's philosophical understanding of language should be supplemented by Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic approach to the symbolic order. Lacan adopts a non-philosophical, genetic or developmental approach to the question of language and in doing so isolates a dimension that Derrida cannot properly envisage: the imaginary. Michael Lewis argues that the real must be understood not just in relation to the symbolic but also in relation to the imaginary. The existence of an alternative approach to the real that is other than language allows us to identify the idiosyncrasies of Derrida's purely transcendental approach, an approach that addresses language in terms of its conditions of possibility. Lacan shows us that an attention to the genesis of the symbolic order of language and culture should lead us to understand this real other in a different way.This book relates transcendental thought to the insights of non-philosophical thought, and, more specifically, it proposes a way in which philosophy might relate to the insights of the human and natural sciences. By critically juxtaposing Derrida and Lacan, Derrida and Lacan: Another Writing attempts to systematise Slavoj Zizek's presentation of a Lacanian alternative to Derridean deconstruction.
    This work should be of interest to all readers in continental thought and transcendental philosophy, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and literary studies.

  • 'We fed the monster until it blew up ...' While Wall Street was busy creating the biggest credit bubble of all time, a few renegade investors saw it was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a fortune.

    From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, this is the outrageous story of the misfits, mavericks and geniuses who, against all odds, made the greatest financial killing in history.

  • Did you hear the one about the bartender and the rabbi? If not, you?ll find it in this delightful book?along with hundreds of other jokes and funny stories, classic and brand-new?about the denizens of bars, pubs, and watering holes everywhere. Michael Lewis has gathered a wide range of the very best and funniest bar jokes, riddles, anecdotes, and quotations in this rib-tickling (and thirst-inducing) collection. Sure to be a favorite of tipplers of all stripes?and the teetotalers who drive them home?the book also includes bar bets, games, tricks, trivia, and more. Featuring classic "bartoons" opening each chapter, its nifty 5 x 7 trim size makes it a perfect party takealong or barside companion?right next to the cocktail shaker, the jar of olives?and Black Dog?s mega-bestselling New New York Bartender?s Guide.

  • Which Song is the Best and Why? Read it and see! Organized by rank, from 1 to 100, this illustrated celebration of the best songs by the boys who revolutionized rock-and-roll includes expert commentary, historical context, interview material, and lots of great sidebars (including "best" lists from some of today's pop music powerhouses.) Like all "best of" lists, the book's opinionated stance generates animated discussion. Here, There, and Everywhere is profusely illustrated with photos of the band at work and play, and all of the unforgettable album-cover art. Appendices include a complete song list, discography, videography, and bibliography, making it a one-stop source of Beatles facts and figures.

  • Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really?Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius. The cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge.Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a piïata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack. The Irish wanted to stop being Irish. The Germans wanted to be even more German. Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles across Europe is brilliantly, sadly hilarious. He also turns a merciless eye on America: on California, the epicentre of world consumption, where we see that a final reckoning awaits the most avaricious of nations too. This is the ultimate book of our times. It's time to brace ourselves for impact. And, with Michael Lewis, to laugh out loud while we're doing it.

  • « Mais comment une revue peut-elle s'imposer au point de devenir la "rose des vents" de la République des lettres et le rester pendant quarante ans ? » C'est cette question, posée d'emblée par Anna Boschetti, que le numéro 40,1 d'Études littéraires vise à examiner. On a souligné à juste titre le pluralisme et la « mesure » qui caractérisent les choix de la Nouvelle revue française et qui lui permettent de se démarquer de la plupart des revues contemporaines, attachées à des mots d'ordre esthétiques ou idéologiques finissant inévitablement par les dater et par restreindre leur capacité d'attraction. Sa réputation, qui n'est plus à prouver, tient principalement à deux traits primordiaux : le goût raffiné des contributeurs, présent dès la genèse de la revue, qui demeure à l'avant-plan lorsqu'il s'agit de sélectionner les textes à publier ; enfin, l'équilibre entre continuité et renouvellement qui assure à la revue une place d'honneur aux premières loges de l'actualité littéraire des premières décennies du XXe siècle. Par l'étude des principales périodes de l'histoire de la NRF, il s'agira de comprendre, à travers ce numéro, comment le rayonnement dans tous les domaines de la vie culturelle a pu persister, et ce, malgré les aléas de l'histoire. L'étude du contexte d'émergence de la revue et de ses principaux directeurs (J. Rivière, J. Paulhan, Drieu La Rochelle), joint à l'angle sociologique annoncé par le texte introductif, met en lumière une modernité esthétique entretenue non seulement par le souci constant de préserver un équilibre, mais surtout par un dévouement sans réserve à la revue de la part de ses contributeurs.

  • From Michael Lewis, the No.1 bestselling author of The Big Short and Flash Boys, this is the extraordinary story of the two men whose ideas changed the world.Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved; Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. In this breathtaking new book, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football. Kahneman and Tversky, shows Michael Lewis, helped shape the world in which we now live - and may well have changed, for good, humankind's view of its own mind.

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