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Mine! by Michael A. Heller and James Salzman


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Mine! by Michael A. Heller and James Salzman
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Mar 02, 2021 | ISBN 9780385544726

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“Thought-provoking . . . Mine! sets out to change the way we think about what we own, which is often decidedly at odds with reality.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“An easy-to-read, Freakonomics-style ramble through the space-saver wars of South Boston and the ingenious architecture of Disney World’s skip-the-line FastPass+, the book challenges our assumptions about who owns what — and explores how those assumptions can be manipulated, for good or for ill.”
–The Boston Globe

“In Mine!, Heller and Salzman examine a wide array of ways that people lay claim to things, both actual (as in treasure) and more abstract (as in ideas). Since ownership is constructed, it’s always up for grabs.”
–The New Yorker

“This delicious book will guide you through the confusing maze of ownership disputes that bedevil our daily lives. Who owns your ‘private’ information, your Netflix password, your yard’s airspace, and the chair of your deceased parents that you and your sister now both want? It’s often unclear: read and prepare yourself!”
–Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Mine! is one of those rare and treasured books that make you feel smarter and change the way you see the world. So much of the news I read just makes more sense now. I haven’t had an experience like this as a reader since Freakonomics. The authors deliver a rollicking good read, filled with amazing stories about the secret rules of ownership and why they work in unexpected ways. This is way too much fun for an important book by leading minds in their field.”
–Barton Gellman, three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Angler and Dark Mirror

“Who knew there are hidden rules of ownership controlling our lives? I didn’t until I read this fascinating, illuminating book.  I’m very glad I did.”
–Robert Cialdini, author of Influence and Pre-Suasion

“A delightful, often funny, book that brings to life the hidden but essential assumptions about how we own things — or imagine we do. It is filled with one irresistible and revealing story after another where the secret turns out to be who owns what, from Adam and Eve to the birth of barbed wire. Mine! will challenge how you think about everything from the groceries in your shopping cart to concert tickets on a scalping site. Make Mine! yours.”
—Charles Fishman, author of One Giant Leap and The Walmart Effect

“A fascinating discussion of what ownership is, what it isn’t, what it might be. It’s immensely clarifying, beautifully written, and perfectly timed — and it might improve the world to boot.” 
–Cass R. Sunstein, co-author of Nudge and author of Too Much Information

“Heller (The Gridlock Economy), a professor of real estate law at Columbia Law School, and Salzman (Drinking Water), an environmental law professor at UCLA, examine how competing principles of ownership shape human behavior in this illuminating account. . . They stuff their survey with intriguing legal cases and historical lessons and display flashes of wit. Readers will gain fresh insights into the law and society from this entertaining and instructive guide.”
–Publishers Weekly

Who owns what underlies human conflicts, economic development, innovation, and international relations.  With vivid stories and memorable insights, Heller and Salzman decode legal rules about ownership much as Freakonomics decodes economics and psychological rules of incentives.”
–Martha Minow, Former Dean, Harvard Law School

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