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The "Vanity of the Philosopher": From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics

by David M. Levy, Sandra J. Peart

Marginal Revolution post: The “Vanity of the Philosopher” by Tyler Cowen on November 1st, 2005

Sales Rank: 3003197

The "Vanity of the Philosopher" continues the themes introduced in Levy's acclaimed book How the Dismal Science Got Its Name.Here, Peart and Levy tackle the issues of racism, eugenics, hierarchy, and egalitarianism in classical economics and take ... ...Read More

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Tete-a-Tete: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

by Hazel Rowley

Marginal Revolution post: Bohemians of times past by Tyler Cowen on November 5th, 2005

Release Date: 2005-10-04

Sales Rank: 1457160

They are one of the world's legendary couples. We can't think of one without thinking of the other. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre -- those passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers -- had a committed but notoriously ope... ...Read More

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Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic

by J. Eric Oliver

Marginal Revolution post: Why Americans are fatter by Tyler Cowen on November 7th, 2005

Sales Rank: 2214948

Our government is telling us that obesity is a major health crisis, that sixty percent of Americans are "overweight," and that one in four is obese. But how true are these claims? In Fat Politics, Eric Oliver unearths the real story behind ... ...Read More

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Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games

by Edward Castronova

Marginal Revolution post: Synthetic worlds by Tyler Cowen on November 8th, 2005

Sales Rank: 1211314

From EverQuest to World of Warcraft, online games have evolved from the exclusive domain of computer geeks into an extraordinarily lucrative staple of the entertainment industry. People of all ages and from all walks of life now spend thousands of... ...Read More

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The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity

by Gene Sperling

Marginal Revolution post: Could I ever become a Democrat? by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2005

Release Date: 2005-11-08

Sales Rank: 2718421

After two consecutive elections in which Democratic candidates failed to turn clear economic advantages into electoral victory, a debate is raging over what the Democrats should donow. The narrow, red state-blue state argument between chest-beatin... ...Read More

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The World's Banker: A Story of Failed States, Financial Crises, and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Penguin Press))

by Sebastian Mallaby

Marginal Revolution post: Tim Harford, Sebastian Mallaby, and Tyler Cowen by Tyler Cowen on November 17th, 2005

Release Date: 2004-09-23

Sales Rank: 1180310

Provides a revealing look inside the workings of the World Bank and the realities of global development under the leadership of the colorful James Wolfensohn, examining the changing role of the World Bank in a new era of globalization and internat... ...Read More

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Europe Central

by William T. Vollmann

Marginal Revolution post: Europe Central by Tyler Cowen on November 17th, 2005

Release Date: 2005-11-14

Sales Rank: 293349

A daring literary masterpiece and winner of the National Book Award.  Watch for Vollmann’s new work of nonfiction, No Immediate Danger, coming in April of 2018In this magnificent work of fiction, acclaimed author William T. Vollmann turns his tren... ...Read More

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Chronicles, Vol. 1

by Bob Dylan

Marginal Revolution post: Hello, I’m Johnny Cash by Tyler Cowen on November 18th, 2005

Release Date: 2004-10-05

Sales Rank: 84115

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A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative

by Roger von Oech

Marginal Revolution post: Favorite business books by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2005

Sales Rank: 1393987

Revised and expanded for the 1990s, here is the bestselling creative-thinkingclassic written by America's foremost creativity consultant. Illustrated.

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Choice and Consequence

by Thomas C. Schelling

Marginal Revolution post: Favorite business books by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2005

Release Date: 1985-11-14

Sales Rank: 830156

Thomas Schelling is a political economist “conspicuous for wandering”―an errant economist. In Choice and Consequence, he ventures into the area where rationality is ambiguous in order to look at the tricks people use to try to quit smoking or lose... ...Read More

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Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800-2000 (Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

by Giovanni Federico

Marginal Revolution post: Big and little farms, or Japan fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on November 25th, 2005

Sales Rank: 4256710

In the last two centuries, agriculture has been an outstanding, if somewhat neglected, success story. Agriculture has fed an ever-growing population with an increasing variety of products at falling prices, even as it has released a growing num... ...Read More

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The Beatles: The Biography

by Bob Spitz

Marginal Revolution post: 100 Notable Books of the Year by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2005

Sales Rank: 286531

Spitz restores the Beatles to what they were: a loud, angry rock and roll band, kids that became gods, not gods who happened to look like kids. This is a biography of the band in full, not merely the story of John and Paul and their two mates from... ...Read More

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De Kooning: An American Master

by Mark Stevens, Annalyn Swan

Marginal Revolution post: 100 Notable Books of the Year by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2005

Release Date: 2004-11-09

Sales Rank: 89263

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Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

by John Gimlette

Marginal Revolution post: 100 Notable Books of the Year by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2005

Release Date: 2005-09-06

Sales Rank: 666485

An extraordinary journey across the magnificent, delinquent coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.John Gimlette’s journey across this harsh and awesome landscape, the eastern extreme of the Americas, broadly mirrors that of Dr Eliot Curwen, his great... ...Read More

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Raising Less Corn, More Hell: Why Our Economy, Ecology and Security Demand The Preservation of the Independent Farm

by George B. Pyle

Marginal Revolution post: Burkina Faso fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on November 27th, 2005

Release Date: 2005-06-14

Sales Rank: 1893887

In Raising Less Corn, More Hell George B. Pyle shows us how the famous breadbasket of America is being bought up by large corporations, who produce less food per acre than the small farmer, push those farmers further into debt, pollute the earth a... ...Read More

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang

Marginal Revolution post: Democide by Alex Tabarrok on November 28th, 2005

Release Date: 2003-08-12

Sales Rank: 15489

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with ... ...Read More

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Mao: The Unknown Story

by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

Marginal Revolution post: Democide by Alex Tabarrok on November 28th, 2005

Release Date: 2005-10-18

Sales Rank: 162274

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Judge and Jury: American Tort Law on Trial

by Eric Helland, Alexander Tabarrok

Marginal Revolution post: Pledge Drive by Alex Tabarrok on November 29th, 2005

Sales Rank: 2057272

Is the U.S. tort system in crisis? CBS television's 60 Minutes has said the tort system metes out "jackpot justice," and Newsweek has called America a "Lawsuit Hell." Other observers of the legal system, however, argue that the tort crisis is a my... ...Read More

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