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Soul Mountain

by Gao Xingjian

Marginal Revolution post: This one is from Gingdao by Tyler Cowen on March 2nd, 2007

Release Date: 2001-10-23

Sales Rank: 160209

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The Private Life of Chairman Mao

by Li Zhi-Sui, Li Zhisui

Marginal Revolution post: This one is from Gingdao by Tyler Cowen on March 2nd, 2007

Release Date: 1996-04-02

Sales Rank: 119845

From 1954 until Mao Zedong's death 22 years later. Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler's personal physician. For most of these years, Mao was in excellent health; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters. Dr. Li re... ...Read More

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Mao: The Unknown Story

by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday

Marginal Revolution post: This one is from Gingdao by Tyler Cowen on March 2nd, 2007

Release Date: 2006-11-14

Sales Rank: 43653

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Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

by Clive James

Marginal Revolution post: Cultural Amnesia by Tyler Cowen on March 3rd, 2007

Sales Rank: 249364

Forty years in the making, a new cultural canon that celebrates truth over hypocrisy, literature over totalitarianism. Echoing Edward Said’s belief that “Western humanism is not enough, we need a universal humanism,” the renowned critic Clive Jame... ...Read More

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The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

by Mancur Olson

Marginal Revolution post: Agreeing on unions? by Tyler Cowen on March 4th, 2007

Sales Rank: 122339

The years since World War II have seen rapid shifts in the relative positions of different countries and regions. Leading political economist Mancur Olson offers a new and compelling theory to explain these shifts in fortune and then tests his the... ...Read More

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Poor People

by William T. Vollmann

Marginal Revolution post: Poor People by Tyler Cowen on March 6th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-02-27

Sales Rank: 1512790

because i was bad in my last life.because allah has willed it.because the rich do nothing for the poor.because the poor do nothing for themselves.because it is my destiny.These are just some of the answers to the simple yet groundbreaking question... ...Read More

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Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

by Brian Doherty

Marginal Revolution post: Brian Doherty on libertarianism, past and prospects by Tyler Cowen on March 7th, 2007

Sales Rank: 884922

On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an ext... ...Read More

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Against the Day

by Thomas Pynchon

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2006-11-21

Sales Rank: 352901

Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Centr... ...Read More

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Gravity's Rainbow

by Thomas Pynchon

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2000-01-01

Sales Rank: 1316943

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V. (Perennial Classics)

by Thomas Pynchon

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2005-07-05

Sales Rank: 74884

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A Companion to V.

by J. Kerry Grant

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2001-02-01

Sales Rank: 1850410

To the uninitiated, Thomas Pynchon’s V. seems to defy comprehension with its open-ended and fragmented narrative, huge cast of characters (some 150 of them), and wide range of often obscure references. J. Kerry Grant’s Companion to “V.” takes us t... ...Read More

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The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library)

by Thomas Pynchon

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2006-11-07

Sales Rank: 7006

The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self knowledge.

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Mason & Dixon: A Novel

by Thomas Pynchon

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2004-01-03

Sales Rank: 132609

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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

by Thomas Pynchon

Marginal Revolution post: How to read Thomas Pynchon by Tyler Cowen on March 8th, 2007

Release Date: 1997-09-01

Sales Rank: 185188

Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Pra... ...Read More

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Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs

by Morton A. Meyers

Marginal Revolution post: Making Knightian uncertainty operational by Tyler Cowen on March 10th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1420675

An entertaining and accessible look at the role of serendipity in major medical and scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century explains how chance and lucky accidents led to the discovery of such medical advances as penicillin, chemotherapy... ...Read More

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Travel + Leisure's The 100 Greatest Trips of 2007

by Nancy Novogrod

Marginal Revolution post: 100 Greatest Trips by Tyler Cowen on March 11th, 2007

Release Date: 2006-12-04

Sales Rank: 4468546

Stunning full-color photography, along with helpful travel advice and strategies, from the editors of Travel + Leisure magazine highlights a detailed guide to one hundred of the best excursions around the world, featuring timely tips on the best h... ...Read More

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The Once and Future King

by T. H. White

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on March 13th, 2007

Release Date: 1987-07-15

Sales Rank: 12947

T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.   Once upon a time, a young b... ...Read More

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Ice (New York Review Books Classics)

by Vladimir Sorokin

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on March 13th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-01-23

Sales Rank: 1825095

Ice is at the center of Vladimir Sorokin's epic Ice Trilogy, which is also published by NYRB Classics.Moscow has been hit by a wave of brutal murders. The victims are of both sexes, from different backgrounds, and of all ages, but invariably blond... ...Read More

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Invading Mexico: America's Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848

by Joseph Wheelan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on March 13th, 2007

Sales Rank: 2079636

Popular historian Joseph Wheelan recounts James Polk’s strategy of last resort for prying California away from Mexico. He had tried to buy it; he had instructed his agents to encourage a settlers’ revolt. When these measures failed, the impatient ... ...Read More

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How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It: Finding Love Beyond Words

by Patricia Love, Steven Stosny

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on March 13th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-01-16

Sales Rank: 369681

Men are right. The “relationship talk” does not help. Dr. Patricia Love’s and Dr. Steven Stosny’s How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It reveals the stunning truth about marital happiness:Love is not about better communication.It's ... ...Read More

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At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches

by Susan Sontag

Marginal Revolution post: Susan Sontag on America by Tyler Cowen on March 13th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-03-06

Sales Rank: 742343

"A writer is someone who pays attention to the world," Susan Sontag said in her 2003 acceptance speech for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, and no one exemplified this definition more than she. Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive b... ...Read More

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Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

by Brian Doherty

Marginal Revolution post: Best Sentence Never Said by Milton Friedman by Alex Tabarrok on March 18th, 2007

Sales Rank: 884922

On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an ext... ...Read More

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Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

by Brian Doherty

Marginal Revolution post: Best Sentence I Read Yesterday by Alex Tabarrok on March 18th, 2007

Sales Rank: 884922

On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an ext... ...Read More

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How Doctors Think

by Jerome Groopman

Marginal Revolution post: How Doctors Think by Tyler Cowen on March 21st, 2007

Sales Rank: 71065

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moment... ...Read More

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Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

by Stephen Clarke

Marginal Revolution post: The best sentence I read this morning over breakfast by Tyler Cowen on March 23rd, 2007

Release Date: 2006-12-26

Sales Rank: 382344

Have you ever walked into a half-empty Parisian restaurant, only to be told that it's "complet"? Attempted to say "merci beaucoup" and accidentally complimented someone's physique? Been overlooked at the boulangerie due to your adherence to the bi... ...Read More

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The Dinosaur Among Us: The World Bank and Its Path to Extinction

by Jeffrey C. Hooke

Marginal Revolution post: What is wrong with the World Bank? by Tyler Cowen on March 25th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-03-01

Sales Rank: 7355502

The Dinosaur Among Us is a fast-moving expose of the World Bank, the preeminent poverty fighting institution and a veritable United Nations of finance. Founded in a spirit of post World War II optimism, the Bank squanders its opportunities, and th... ...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: What is wrong with the World Bank? by Tyler Cowen on March 25th, 2007

Release Date: 2006-04-25

Sales Rank: 909513

Never has the World Bank's relief work been more important than in the last nine years, when crises as huge as AIDS and the emergence of terrorist sanctuaries have threatened the prosperity of billions. This journalistic masterpiece by Washington ... ...Read More

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From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967

by David T. Beito

Marginal Revolution post: Safety nets by Tyler Cowen on March 26th, 2007

Sales Rank: 7944672

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, more Americans belonged to fraternal societies than to any other kind of voluntary association, with the possible exception of churches. Despite the stereotypical image of the lodge as the ... ...Read More

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Boomsday

by Christopher Buckley

Marginal Revolution post: Boomsday by Tyler Cowen on March 27th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1603334

Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to... ...Read More

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Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole

by Benjamin R. Barber

Marginal Revolution post: Benjamin Barber’s *Consumed* by Tyler Cowen on March 28th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1739290

A piercing and vital look at how capitalism is consuming U.S. society.An apt sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed offers a wrenching portrait of how adult consumers are infantilized in a global economy that overp... ...Read More

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The Making of an Economist, Redux

by David Colander

Marginal Revolution post: The Making of an Economist, Redux by Tyler Cowen on March 29th, 2007

Sales Rank: 2955057

Economists seem to be everywhere in the media these days. But what exactly do today's economists do? What and how are they taught? Updating David Colander and Arjo Klamer's classic The Making of an Economist, this book shows what is happening in ... ...Read More

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Mobsters, Unions, and Feds: The Mafia and the American Labor Movement

by James B. Jacobs

Marginal Revolution post: Mobsters, Unions, and Feds by Tyler Cowen on March 30th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-05-01

Sales Rank: 1997265

Nowhere in the world has organized crime infiltrated the labor movement as effectively as in the United States. Yet the government, the AFL-CIO, and the civil liberties community all but ignored the situation for most of the twentieth century. Sin... ...Read More

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Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction

by Thomas K. McCraw

Marginal Revolution post: It is not often a book just blows me away by Tyler Cowen on March 30th, 2007

Sales Rank: 391302

Listen to a short interview with Thomas McCraw Host: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & Crane Pan Am, Gimbel's, Pullman, Douglas Aircraft, Digital Equipment Corporation, British Leyland--all once as strong as dinosaurs, all now just as extinct.... ...Read More

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