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The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness

by Virginia Postrel

Marginal Revolution post: Virginia Postrel by Tyler Cowen on September 2nd, 2003

Release Date: 2003-09-02

Sales Rank: 480815

From airport terminals decorated like Starbucks to the popularity of hair dye among teenage boys, one thing is clear: we have entered the Age of Aesthetics. Sensory appeals are everywhere, and they are intensifying, radically changing how American... ...Read More

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The Influentials: One American in Ten Tells the Other Nine How to Vote, Where to Eat, and What to Buy

by Edward Keller, Jonathan Berry

Marginal Revolution post: When is word of mouth important? by Tyler Cowen on September 3rd, 2003

Release Date: 2003-01-13

Sales Rank: 904019

One American in ten tells the other nine how to vote, where to eat, and what to buy. They are The Influentials Who are they? The most influential Americans -- the ones who tell their neighbors what to buy, which politicians to support, and where ... ...Read More

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Letters to a Young Chef (Art of Mentoring)

by Daniel Boulud

Marginal Revolution post: Restaurant economics by Tyler Cowen on September 7th, 2003

Release Date: 2003-09-02

Sales Rank: 536303

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The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century

by Paul Krugman

Marginal Revolution post: The mind of Paul Krugman by Tyler Cowen on September 7th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1731562

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Maxims

by Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Marginal Revolution post: Do you know what makes you happy? by Tyler Cowen on September 7th, 2003

Sales Rank: 3053282

This is the first-ever French-English edition of La Rochefoucauld’s Réflexions, ou sentences et maximes morales, long known in English simply as the Maxims. The translation, the first to appear in forty years, is completely new and aims – unlike a... ...Read More

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In Praise of Commercial Culture

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Are book reviewers honest? by Tyler Cowen on September 11th, 2003

Sales Rank: 2437251

Does a market economy encourage or discourage music, literature, and the visual arts? Do economic forces of supply and demand help or harm the pursuit of creativity? This book seeks to redress the current intellectual and popular balance and to e... ...Read More

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The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century

by Paul Krugman

Marginal Revolution post: Paul Krugman’s latest by Tyler Cowen on September 11th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1731562

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A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution, and Cooperation

by Peter Singer

Marginal Revolution post: Darwinian politics by Tyler Cowen on September 14th, 2003

Sales Rank: 385781

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Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom

by Paul H. Rubin

Marginal Revolution post: Darwinian politics by Tyler Cowen on September 14th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1458744

Darwinian Politics is the first book to examine political behavior from a modern evolutionary perspective. Here, Paul H. Rubin discusses group or social behavior, including ethnic and racial conflict; altruism and cooperation; envy; political powe... ...Read More

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The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom?

by David Brin

Marginal Revolution post: The Demise of Crypto Anarchy by Alex Tabarrok on September 15th, 2003

Sales Rank: 334159

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Painting Outside the Lines: Patterns of Creativity in Modern Art

by David W. Galenson

Marginal Revolution post: Art careers by Fabio Rojas on September 15th, 2003

Release Date: 2002-02-17

Sales Rank: 1760323

Why have some great modern artists--including Picasso--produced their most important work early in their careers while others--like Cezanne--have done theirs late in life? In a work that brings new insights, and new dimensions, to the history of ... ...Read More

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Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman

by Fred Wesley

Marginal Revolution post: Art careers by Fabio Rojas on September 15th, 2003

Sales Rank: 2388822

With Hit Me, Fred, sensational sideman Fred Wesley Jr. moves front and center to tell his life story. A legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician, Wesley is best known for his work in the late sixties and early seventies with James Brown and as the ... ...Read More

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I Bought Andy Warhol

by Richard Polsky

Marginal Revolution post: Art careers by Fabio Rojas on September 15th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1812017

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The Closing of the American Mind

by Allan Bloom, Saul Bellow

Marginal Revolution post: Who is Leo Strauss? by Tyler Cowen on September 15th, 2003

Release Date: 1988-05-15

Sales Rank: 760489

THE BRILLIANT AND CONTROVERSIAL CRITIQUE OF AMERICAN CULTURE WITH NEARLY A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT  In 1987, eminent political philosopher Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind, an appraisal of contemporary America that “hits with... ...Read More

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Reasons and Persons

by Derek Parfit

Marginal Revolution post: Which philosophers will last the ages? by Tyler Cowen on September 16th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1909760

"Very few works in the subject can compare with Parfit's in scope, fertility, imaginative resource, and cogency of reasoning."--P.F. Strawson, The New York Review of Books. "Extraordinary...Brilliant...Astonishingly rich in ideas...Reasons and Per... ...Read More

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Why Societies Need Dissent (Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures, 2003)

by Cass R. Sunstein

Marginal Revolution post: The value of a lone dissenter by Tyler Cowen on September 16th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1314212

In this timely book, Cass R. Sunstein shows that organizations and nations are far more likely to prosper if they welcome dissent and promote openness. Attacking "political correctness" in all forms, Sunstein demonstrates that corporations, legis... ...Read More

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The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness

by Virginia Postrel

Marginal Revolution post: Style and Virginia Postrel by Tyler Cowen on September 17th, 2003

Release Date: 2003-09-02

Sales Rank: 1071126

From airport terminals decorated like Starbucks to the popularity of hair dye among teenage boys, one thing is clear: we have entered the Age of Aesthetics. Sensory appeals are everywhere, and they are intensifying, radically changing how American... ...Read More

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The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke

by Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyagi

Marginal Revolution post: Why does the middle class feel so poor? by Tyler Cowen on September 17th, 2003

Sales Rank: 674436

More than two decades ago, the women's movement flung open the doors of the workplace. Although this social revolution created a firestorm of controversy, no one questioned the idea that women's involvement in the workforce was certain to improve ... ...Read More

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The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke

by Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyagi

Marginal Revolution post: The stigma of bankruptcy by Tyler Cowen on September 17th, 2003

Sales Rank: 161331

More than two decades ago, the women's movement flung open the doors of the workplace. Although this social revolution created a firestorm of controversy, no one questioned the idea that women's involvement in the workforce was certain to improve ... ...Read More

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More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws

by John R. Lott Jr.

Marginal Revolution post: John Lott and gun control by Tyler Cowen on September 19th, 2003

Sales Rank: 787987

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Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists: Unleashing the Power of Financial Markets to Create Wealth and Spread Opportunity

by Raghuram G. Rajan, Luigi Zingales

Marginal Revolution post: New Chief Economist at the IMF by Tyler Cowen on September 19th, 2003

Release Date: 2003-02-18

Sales Rank: 230614

Capitalism’s biggest problem is the executive in pinstripes who extols the virtues of competitive markets with every breath while attempting to extinguish them with every action.Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists is a groundbreaking book that ... ...Read More

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The Dancer Defects: The Struggle for Cultural Supremacy during the Cold War

by David Caute

Marginal Revolution post: Stalin, Shakespeare, and Tarzan by Tyler Cowen on September 20th, 2003

Sales Rank: 2772015

The cultural Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West was without precedent. At the outset of this original and wide-ranging historical survey, David Caute establishes the nature of the extraordinary cultural competition set up post-1945 bet... ...Read More

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Why Societies Need Dissent (Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures, 2003)

by Cass R. Sunstein

Marginal Revolution post: Amateur reviewers are conformists by Tyler Cowen on September 21st, 2003

Sales Rank: 1314212

In this timely book, Cass R. Sunstein shows that organizations and nations are far more likely to prosper if they welcome dissent and promote openness. Attacking "political correctness" in all forms, Sunstein demonstrates that corporations, legis... ...Read More

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Clear and Simple As the Truth: Writing Classic Prose

by Francis-Noel Thomas, Mark Turner

Marginal Revolution post: Reagan Letters Published by Fabio Rojas on September 21st, 2003

Sales Rank: 2114063

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Games and Information: An Introduction to Game Theory Third Edition

by Eric Rasmusen

Marginal Revolution post: The Eric Rasmusen controversy by Tyler Cowen on September 21st, 2003

Sales Rank: 3222216

Written in a crisp and approachable style, Games and Information uses simple modelling techniques and straightforward explanations to provide students with an understanding of game theory and information economics. The third edition brings the tex... ...Read More

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The New Geography of Global Income Inequality

by Glenn Firebaugh

Marginal Revolution post: What have we learned about income distribution? by Tyler Cowen on September 21st, 2003

Sales Rank: 4599723

The surprising finding of this book is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, global income inequality is decreasing. Critics of globalization and others maintain that the spread of consumer capitalism is dramatically polarizing the worldwide dist... ...Read More

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A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson

Marginal Revolution post: Things I had not known about taxonomy by Tyler Cowen on September 21st, 2003

Release Date: 2003-05-06

Sales Rank: 7932

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Personality and Work: Reconsidering the Role of Personality in Organizations

by Murray Barrick, Ann Marie Ryan

Marginal Revolution post: Sleep and Personality by Fabio Rojas on September 22nd, 2003

Sales Rank: 2199426

The subject of personality has received increasing attention from industrial/organizational psychologists in both research and practice settings over the past decade. But while there is an overabundance of information related to the narrow area of... ...Read More

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Handwriting Analysis: The Complete Basic Book

by Karen Amend, Mary S. Ruiz

Marginal Revolution post: Sleep and Personality by Fabio Rojas on September 22nd, 2003

Sales Rank: 224375

Outlines a fresh approach to handwriting analysis designed to enable whole-person profiling, providing handwriting samples of famous people, coverage of how to determine emotional disturbance or mental illness and new material for understanding th... ...Read More

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Better Together: Restoring the American Community

by Robert D. Putnam, Lewis Feldstein

Marginal Revolution post: The new Robert Putnam book by Tyler Cowen on September 22nd, 2003

Sales Rank: 1258225

In his acclaimed bestselling book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam described a thirty-year decline in America's social institutions. The book ended with the hope that new forms of social connection mig... ...Read More

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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

by Robert D. Putnam

Marginal Revolution post: The new Robert Putnam book by Tyler Cowen on September 22nd, 2003

Release Date: 2001-08-07

Sales Rank: 19870

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In Search of Excellence: Lessons from Americas Best Run Companies

by Jr., Robert H Waterman, Thomas J Peters

Marginal Revolution post: Tom Peters where are you? by Tyler Cowen on September 23rd, 2003

Sales Rank: 2040671

A "New York Times" Bestseller for over three years To discover the secrets of the art of management, Peters and Waterman studied more than 43 successful American companies. The companies specialized in a number of areas: consumer goods, high techn... ...Read More

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Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

by Ian J. Deary

Marginal Revolution post: An even shorter introduction to intelligence by Alex Tabarrok on September 23rd, 2003

Sales Rank: 336734

For people with little or no knowledge of the science of human intelligence, this volume takes readers to a stage where they are able to make judgments for themselves about the key questions of human mental ability. Each chapter addresses a centra... ...Read More

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BREACH OF FAITH: A CRISIS OF COVERAGE IN THE AGE OF CORPORATE NEWSPAPERING

by GENE ROBERTS

Marginal Revolution post: How have newspapers changed since the early 1960s? by Tyler Cowen on September 25th, 2003

Sales Rank: 8594170

In eight updated articles reprinted from American Journalism Review , reporters and journalism scholars document how the increased focus on the bottom line has led many newspapers to shrink from their civic mission. The sister volume Leaving Reade... ...Read More

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European Integration, 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy?

by John Gillingham

Marginal Revolution post: How good is the Dutch social welfare miracle? by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2003

Release Date: 2003-04-09

Sales Rank: 2925245

Integration is the most significant European historical development in the past fifty years, eclipsing in importance even the collapse of the USSR. This movement toward economic and political union has not only helped revive, transform and rejuven... ...Read More

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Jackie Robinson and the Integration of ball (Turning Points in History)

by Scott Simon

Marginal Revolution post: Why did it take so long to integrate baseball? by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2003

Sales Rank: 3393149

An extraordinary book . . . invitingly written and brisk.--Chicago Tribune""Perhaps no one has ever told the tale [of Robinson's arrival in the major leagues] so well as [Simon] does in this extended essay.""--The Washington Post Book World""Scott... ...Read More

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Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

by Greg Campbell

Marginal Revolution post: This reminded me of Gordon Tullock by Tyler Cowen on September 27th, 2003

Release Date: 2002-09-03

Sales Rank: 1318969

Journalist Greg Campbell leads the reader down the international diamond trail of brutality, horror, and profit - providing an on-the-ground and in-the-mines story of global consequenceFirst discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have fu... ...Read More

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Art: A New History

by Paul Johnson

Marginal Revolution post: Capital stock depreciation by Tyler Cowen on September 28th, 2003

Release Date: 2003-09-30

Sales Rank: 633175

In Art: A New History, Paul Johnson turns his great gifts as a world historian to a subject that has enthralled him all his life: the history of art. This narrative account, from the earliest cave paintings up to the present day, has new things to... ...Read More

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Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years

by Bruce Sterling

Marginal Revolution post: Tomorrow’s bathroom? by Tyler Cowen on September 28th, 2003

Release Date: 2002-12-17

Sales Rank: 1647588

“Nobody knows better than Bruce Sterling how thin the membrane between science fiction and real life has become, a state he correctly depicts as both thrilling and terrifying in this frisky, literate, clear-eyed sketch of the next half-century. Li... ...Read More

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New World Coming : The 1920s and the Making of Modern America

by Nathan Miller

Marginal Revolution post: Facts about Prohibition by Tyler Cowen on September 28th, 2003

Sales Rank: 1472362

A history of the 1920s documents such events as voting rights for women, the Jazz Age, the release of the Model T Ford, and Lindberg's flight over the Atlantic, noting its most significant contributors, its social movements, and the terms of three... ...Read More

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Making Schools Work: A Revolutionary Plan to Get Your Children the Education They Need

by William G. Ouchi

Marginal Revolution post: How to improve our schools by Tyler Cowen on September 29th, 2003

Sales Rank: 3266524

Based on a comprehensive study of more than twho hundred schools, a plan for national classroom reform recommends a revolutionary management system though which principals, rather than school boards, are given control over budgets and personnel. 5... ...Read More

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Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

by Peter Pringle

Marginal Revolution post: Brazil accepts genetically modified foods by Tyler Cowen on September 29th, 2003

Sales Rank: 675450

The author of Real Bullets introduces readers to the two-sided stories of eco-warriors such as Greenpeace and corporate giants concerning the new agricultural revolution of genetically engineered foods and how it will affect the food supply and wo... ...Read More

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

by Michael Lewis

Marginal Revolution post: How well can we measure performance? by Tyler Cowen on September 29th, 2003

Sales Rank: 46485

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