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"The Economics of Violence" is a winner in the 2020 International Book Awards

"The Economics of Violence" is a winner in the 2020 International Book Awards

ARLINGTON, Va. – Giant Oak is delighted to announce that our founder and CEO Gary M. Shiffman’s new book, The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform Our View of Crime, Insurgency, and Terrorism, has been selected as a finalist for “Best New Nonfiction Book” and as a winner by the American Book Fest’s 2020 International Book Awards (IBA) in the category “History: Military.” The creator of the Machine Learning platform GOST®, Shiffman leverages his deep study in human behavior and organized violence and coercion to offer tools to promote peace and liberty.


The American Book Fest’s Best Book Awards, now in its 17th year, represent one of the largest and most competitive mainstream book awards in the United States. Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of American Book Fest, said, “This year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.”

“It is an honor to have The Economics of Violence recognized by the International Book Awards,” said Shiffman. “I wrote this book to empower those engaged in keeping us safe and free, and to inform the public on new approaches to enhancing public safety and security. I use case studies to make arguments articulating a new analysis of violence based on economics and using the terminology of markets.”


Shiffman is a U.S. Navy Gulf War veteran, a former chief of staff for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and a former U.S. Senate National Security Advisor. He teaches at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Screeners at financial institutions and government agencies use GOST to detect threats to public safety and security, including human and drug trafficking, money laundering, and terrorism.


To learn more about The Economics of Violence, click here.

Gary M. Shiffman, PhD, is an economist working to solve problems related to human violence. A Gulf War veteran and former Senate National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff at US Customs and Border Protection, DARPA Principal Investigator, and Georgetown University professor, he founded two technology companies, Giant Oak, Inc, and Consilient, Inc. He is the author of The Economics of Violence (2020), and his essays have appeared in media outlets such as The Hill, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TechCrunch, and others.

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