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A hidden set of rules governs who owns what - explaining everything from whether you can recline your airplane seat to why HBO lets you borrow a password illegally - and in this lively and entertaining guide, two acclaimed law professors reveal how things become 'mine'.

Mine is one of the first words babies learn. By the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural, whether buying a cup of coffee or a house. But who controls the space behind your airplane seat: you reclining or the squished laptop user behind? Why is plagiarism wrong, but it's okay to knock off a recipe or a dress design? And after a snowstorm, why does a chair in the street hold your parking space in Chicago, but in New York you lose the space and the chair?

Mine! explains these puzzles and many more. Surprisingly, there are just six simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. Owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But we can always pick a different story. This is true not just for airplane seats but also for battles over digital privacy, climate change, and wealth inequality. As Michael Heller and James Salzman show - in the spirited style of Freakonomics, Nudge, and Predictably Irrational - ownership is always up for grabs.

With stories that are eye-opening, mind-bending and sometimes infuriating, Mine! reveals the rules of ownership that secretly control our lives.

©2021 Michael A. Heller and James Salzman (P)2021 W F Howes

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"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)

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Hi! I've never written a review before, but i since no ones done it yet and this book was so fascinating I'm giving it a shot.
So, as a 99% Invisible podcast listener, I'd say i come from a more geeky design background than most and for me this book connected still gave way to a new way of connecting the dots in everyday life. From the episode this book was promoted in, to be honest i wasn't 100% convinced this book was worth 11+ hours of my life but wow was i glad i gave it a chance. I won't spoil much but whatever prejudice i had about "ownership design" was addressed and satisfyingly challenged by the end of the book. Also to add as a non American, i do warn that this book uses quite a few American references regarding native American history, African-American History, etc. It doesn't do it in an "I'm American so you the listener must be American hahaaha" way, it still catches you up on the details and as a person who consumes a lot of American media, sure it wasn't hard to follow.

Anyways, WARNING, buy "buying" this book on Audible you own only access to the audio file that can be revoked at any time, why? Read the book and have a blast!

PS Surprisingly this book is so relevant to our way of thinking about climate change reaction and or mitigation, if your interested in eco related stuff give it a shot!

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