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Making Globalization Work

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Marginal Revolution post: Making Globalization Work, or Joe Stiglitz watch, part II by Tyler Cowen on September 3rd, 2006

Sales Rank: 788681

“A damning denunciation of things as they are, and a platform for how we can do better.”―Andrew Leonard, Salon Four years after he outlined the challenges our increasingly interdependent world was facing in Globalization and Its Discontents, Josep... ...Read More

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The Human Voice: How This Extraordinary Instrument Reveals Essential Clues About Who We Are

by Anne Karpf

Marginal Revolution post: What does voice pitch indicate? by Tyler Cowen on September 5th, 2006

Release Date: 2006-08-22

Sales Rank: 1534042

Dazzling and groundbreaking, the first book to explore something so fundamental that most of us take it for granted. What is more amazing about the voice: its central importance to human society, or our widespread disregard for it? From an early a... ...Read More

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What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education

by Michael Berube

Marginal Revolution post: What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? by Tyler Cowen on September 7th, 2006

Sales Rank: 3400157

A compelling defense of liberalism on campus and off.At least since the publication of Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, higher education in the United States has been described as an institution in crisis, infected by liberal bias, ... ...Read More

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The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

by Lee Smolin

Marginal Revolution post: The Trouble with Physics by Tyler Cowen on September 9th, 2006

Sales Rank: 1098724

In this groundbreaking book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that physics — the basis for all other sciences — has lost its way. For more than two centuries, our understanding of the laws of nature expanded rapidly. But today,... ...Read More

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Inside the Economist's Mind: Conversations with Eminent Economists

by Paul A. Samuelson, William A. Barnett

Marginal Revolution post: Luxury goods by Tyler Cowen on September 11th, 2006

Sales Rank: 6511853

By focusing on the human side as well as the intellectual dimensions of how economists work and think, this collection of interviews with top economists of the 20th century becomes a startling and lively introduction to the modern world of macroec... ...Read More

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Pets in America: A History

by Katherine C. Grier

Marginal Revolution post: What is the consumer surplus from pets? by Tyler Cowen on September 13th, 2006

Sales Rank: 707219

Entertaining and informative, Pets in America is a portrait of Americans' relationships with the cats, dogs, birds, fishes, rodents, and other animals we call our own. More than 60 percent of U.S. households have pets, and America grows more pet-f... ...Read More

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Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

by Cass R. Sunstein

Marginal Revolution post: Cass Sunstein, Tyler Cowen, and Robin Hanson by Tyler Cowen on September 15th, 2006

Sales Rank: 902820

The rise of the "information society" offers not only considerable peril but also great promise. Beset from all sides by a never-ending barrage of media, how can we ensure that the most accurate information emerges and is heeded? In this book, Cas... ...Read More

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The Great Risk Shift: The Assault on American Jobs, Families, Health Care, and Retirement--And How You Can Fight Back

by Jacob S. Hacker

Marginal Revolution post: The Great Risk Shift by Tyler Cowen on September 16th, 2006

Sales Rank: 1411647

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The Immortal Game: A History of Chess, or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science and the Human Brain

by David Shenk

Marginal Revolution post: Beckett vs. Duchamp by Tyler Cowen on September 17th, 2006

Release Date: 2006-09-05

Sales Rank: 574850

Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its thirty-two figurative pieces, moving about its sixty-four bl... ...Read More

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Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

by Seth Godin

Marginal Revolution post: Private spam regulation? by Tyler Cowen on September 17th, 2006

Release Date: 2006-08-17

Sales Rank: 304715

As one of today’s most influential business thinkers, Seth Godin helps his army of fans stay focused, stay connected, and stay dissatisfied with the status quo, the ordinary, the boring. His books, blog posts, magazine articles, and speeches have ... ...Read More

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Myth and Measurement

by David Card, Alan B. Krueger

Marginal Revolution post: The Minimum Wage Fantasy by Alex Tabarrok on September 20th, 2006

Release Date: 1997-10-05

Sales Rank: 2498974

David Card and Alan B. Krueger have already made national news with their pathbreaking research on the minimum wage. Here they present a powerful new challenge to the conventional view that higher minimum wages reduce jobs for low-wage workers. I... ...Read More

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The Shangri-La Diet: No Hunger, Eat Anything, Weight-Loss Plan

by Seth Roberts

Marginal Revolution post: How to be happy by Tyler Cowen on September 20th, 2006

Release Date: 2006-04-25

Sales Rank: 1088488

As seen in the New York Times and on Good Morning America-now updated by the author. Imagine a diet that's as easy as "a spoonful of sugar" (or extra-light olive oil) twice a day. A diet that actually reduces appetite and cravings. A diet that's b... ...Read More

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The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany

by David Blackbourn

Marginal Revolution post: The Conquest of Nature by Tyler Cowen on September 23rd, 2006

Sales Rank: 1262408

"Brilliantly conceived....[A] tour de force in historical writing."―Ian Kershaw Majestic and lyrically written, The Conquest of Nature traces the rise of Germany through the development of water and landscape. David Blackbourn begins his morality ... ...Read More

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Good and Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Henry Farrell reviews my new book by Tyler Cowen on September 25th, 2006

Sales Rank: 2053640

Americans agree about government arts funding in the way the women in the old joke agree about the food at the wedding: it's terrible--and such small portions! Americans typically either want to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts, or the... ...Read More

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Europe at the Crossroads

by Guillermo de la Dehesa

Marginal Revolution post: Europe at the Crossroads by Tyler Cowen on September 27th, 2006

Sales Rank: 14108271

From the beginning, the European Union had a clear objective: to permanently consolidate peace in Europe after two of the bloodiest wars in history. This was supplemented after the fall of communism with a second priority: to become an economic po... ...Read More

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Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War

by Rodric Braithwaite

Marginal Revolution post: Moscow 1941 by Tyler Cowen on September 29th, 2006

Release Date: 2006-09-26

Sales Rank: 1646767

A brilliantly researched and realized history, an essential addition to the literature of World War II.The 1941 Battle of Moscow—unquestionably one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War—marked the first strategic defeat of the Germa... ...Read More

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