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An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere

by Gabrielle Walker

Marginal Revolution post: Air is heavy by Tyler Cowen on August 1st, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-06

Sales Rank: 1883576

We spend our lives surrounded by air, hardly even noticing it. It’s the most miraculous substance on earth, yet responsible for our food, our weather, our water, and our ability to hear. In fact, we live at the bottom of an ocean of air. In this e... ...Read More

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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

by Paul Collier

Marginal Revolution post: The Bottom Billion by Alex Tabarrok on August 2nd, 2007

Sales Rank: 333657

In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The ... ...Read More

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Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide, Revised and Updated Edition

by Gerard Prunier

Marginal Revolution post: Can you judge a book by its cover? by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2007

Sales Rank: 1911525

Prunier (U. of Paris) aims to uncover the complexities of the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan and to that end discusses the history of the region, analyzes the political motivations of the contending political parties and militia groups, se... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Get my book for free by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1386470

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World

by Gregory Clark

Marginal Revolution post: Bookforum update by Tyler Cowen on August 3rd, 2007

Sales Rank: 213543

Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution--and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Wh... ...Read More

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How to Live a Low-Carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change

by Chris Goodall

Marginal Revolution post: What is carbon-friendly? by Tyler Cowen on August 5th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-02-08

Sales Rank: 1421372

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity: drastic reduction of carbon emissions is vital if we are to avoid a catastrophe that devastates large parts of the world. Governments and businesses have been slow to act and individuals no... ...Read More

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Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats

by Steve Ettlinger

Marginal Revolution post: Twinkie, Deconstructed by Tyler Cowen on August 6th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-03-01

Sales Rank: 1384440

Traces the author's pop-science investigation into the sources and manufacture of processed food ingredients, in an account that uses the Twinkie label as a guide and reveals the unexpected ways in which chemicals and other non-food raw materials ... ...Read More

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The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can't Help the Poor

by Charles H. Karelis

Marginal Revolution post: The Persistence of Poverty by Tyler Cowen on August 7th, 2007

Sales Rank: 2940440

In this important book, one of our boldest and most original thinkers charges that conventional explanations of poverty are mistaken, and that the anti-poverty policies built upon them are doomed to fail. Using science, history, fables, philosophi... ...Read More

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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

by Paul Collier

Marginal Revolution post: Sentence of the day by Alex Tabarrok on August 7th, 2007

Sales Rank: 333657

In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The ... ...Read More

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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

by Laurie Viera Rigler

Marginal Revolution post: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1742389

Read Laurie Viera Rigler's posts on the Penguin Blog.After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber... ...Read More

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Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

by Robert Pape

Marginal Revolution post: Ron Paul is Correct by Alex Tabarrok on August 11th, 2007

Release Date: 2006-07-25

Sales Rank: 536779

Includes a new AfterwordFinalist for the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of suicide terrorism, the esteemed political scientist Robert Pape has created the first comprehensi... ...Read More

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Why is That So Funny? A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy

by John C. Wright

Marginal Revolution post: The Kissing Game by Tyler Cowen on August 11th, 2007

Sales Rank: 6905939

(Book). This unique exploration of the principles and practice of physical comedy starts with a discussion of the various types of laughter that can be provoked by performance. It then presents graduated sequences of over a hundred games and exerc... ...Read More

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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

by Ramachandra Guha

Marginal Revolution post: India historical fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on August 11th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-07-24

Sales Rank: 860029

Born against a background of privation and civil war, divided along lines of caste, class, language and religion, independent India emerged, somehow, as a united and democratic country. This remarkable book tells the full story—the pain and the st... ...Read More

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How to Live a Low-Carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change

by Chris Goodall

Marginal Revolution post: Why people dislike economists, installment #421 by Tyler Cowen on August 12th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-02-08

Sales Rank: 1421372

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity: drastic reduction of carbon emissions is vital if we are to avoid a catastrophe that devastates large parts of the world. Governments and businesses have been slow to act and individuals no... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Discover Your Inner Economist India by Tyler Cowen on August 12th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1386470

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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Harlot's Ghost: A Novel

by Norman Mailer

Marginal Revolution post: Beware self-deprecation by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2007

Release Date: 1992-09-01

Sales Rank: 107493

With unprecedented scope and consummate skill, Norman Mailer unfolds a rich and riveting epic of an American spy. Harry Hubbard is the son and godson of CIA legends. His journey to learn the secrets of his society—and his own past—takes him throug... ...Read More

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A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World

by Gregory Clark

Marginal Revolution post: Farewell to Alms by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2007

Sales Rank: 589829

Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution--and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Why d... ...Read More

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What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism (Lionel Robbins Lectures)

by Alan B. Krueger

Marginal Revolution post: What Makes a Terrorist? by Tyler Cowen on August 16th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1781481

Many popular ideas about terrorists and why they seek to harm us are fueled by falsehoods and misinformation. Leading politicians and scholars have argued that poverty and lack of education breed terrorism, despite the wealth of evidence showing ... ...Read More

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Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control

by Philip J. Cook

Marginal Revolution post: Paying the Tab by Tyler Cowen on August 16th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1602155

What drug provides Americans with the greatest pleasure and the greatest pain? The answer, hands down, is alcohol. The pain comes not only from drunk driving and lost lives but also addiction, family strife, crime, violence, poor health, and squan... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Discover Your Inner Playboy by Tyler Cowen on August 16th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1386470

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

by Bryan Caplan

Marginal Revolution post: Almost not from the Onion by Alex Tabarrok on August 17th, 2007

Sales Rank: 735818

The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters. This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering ass... ...Read More

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A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World

by Gregory Clark

Marginal Revolution post: MR BookForum by Tyler Cowen on August 17th, 2007

Sales Rank: 589829

Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution--and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Why d... ...Read More

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How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)

by Ross W. Duffin

Marginal Revolution post: He didn’t even mention bottleneck guitar by Tyler Cowen on August 18th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1191176

A captivating look at how musical temperament evolved, and how we could (and perhaps should) be tuning differently today. Ross W. Duffin presents an engaging and elegantly reasoned exposé of musical temperament and its impact on the way in which w... ...Read More

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Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

by Dana Thomas

Marginal Revolution post: Japan fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on August 18th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-16

Sales Rank: 605203

Documents how luxury goods have been transformed by a shift from exclusive distribution practices by quality-minded family businesses to mass production by profit-minded big corporations, revealing the secrets of top designers while examining the ... ...Read More

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The Book of General Ignorance

by John Mitchinson, John Lloyd

Marginal Revolution post: Sunday cat blogging by Tyler Cowen on August 19th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-07

Sales Rank: 2131

Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in area... ...Read More

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Discover Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting, and Enjoying Fine Chocolate

by Clay Gordon

Marginal Revolution post: What is the proper pairing with dark chocolate? by Tyler Cowen on August 19th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-10-18

Sales Rank: 510401

A connoisseur's guide to acquiring and consuming the world's best chocolates is a lavishly illustrated reference that provides information on cocoa-growing regions, makes recommendations for pairing chocolate with wine, and addresses the latest cl... ...Read More

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The Economic Ideas of Ordinary People: From Preferences to Trade

by David M. Levy

Marginal Revolution post: One proposal for improving the rating agencies by Tyler Cowen on August 22nd, 2007

Sales Rank: 2466121

Human actions result from a compound of animal desires, constraints and the words we use to talk about them. Modern economics has developed complex theories to explain the operation of both desires and constraints, but has neglected the language u... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Discover Your Inner Ecumenicist by Tyler Cowen on August 23rd, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1386470

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Assorted links by Tyler Cowen on August 25th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1386470

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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Industrial Policy in an Era of Globalization: Lessons from Asia (Policy Analyses in International Economics)

by Marcus Noland, Howard Pack

Marginal Revolution post: Did industrial policy drive Asian economic growth? by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2007

Sales Rank: 2610240

Globalization reigns supreme as a description of recent economic transformation―and it carries many meanings. In the policy realm, the orthodox terms of engagement have been enshrined in the "Washington consensus." But disappointing results in Lat... ...Read More

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Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming

by Chris Mooney

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-07-02

Sales Rank: 3327596

One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows t... ...Read More

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics)

by Laurence Sterne

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2007

Release Date: 2003-05-27

Sales Rank: 49091

Endlessly digressive, boundlessly imaginative and unmatched in its absurd and timeless witLaurence Sterne's great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorize it, with a rich metafictional narrative that might class... ...Read More

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A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium

by Robert Friedel

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1581071

Finalist, 2008 Henry Paolucci / Walter Bagehot Book Award given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Why does technology change over time, how does it change, and what difference does it make? In this sweeping, ambitious look at a thousand ye... ...Read More

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Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900-1969

by Dan Nadel

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2007

Sales Rank: 905861

Before there was Robert Crumb, there was Herbert Crowley. If you don't recognize that name, you're not alone. Crowley is one of nearly 30 American cartoonists featured in this eclectic anthology, artists whose work-created between 1900 and 1969-wa... ...Read More

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Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire

by Alex Von Tunzelmann

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-07

Sales Rank: 412911

An extraordinary story of romance, history, and divided loyalties--set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century The stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire... ...Read More

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The Great Man: A Novel

by Kate Christensen

Marginal Revolution post: Can you judge a book by its cover? by Tyler Cowen on August 27th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-14

Sales Rank: 2364158

From the acclaimed author of The Epicure's Lament, a novel of literary rivalry in which two competing biographers collide in their quest for the truth about a great artist.Oscar Feldman, the "Great Man," was a New York city painter of the heroic g... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: What it’s like to talk to your voice by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2007

Sales Rank: 12451839

In Discover Your Inner Economist, one of America's most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—often when you least expect it to be relevant. L... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: What it’s like to talk to your voice by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2007

Sales Rank: 8536560

In Discover Your Inner Economist, one of America's most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—often when you least expect it to be relevant. L... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: The theology of popular economics by Tyler Cowen on August 29th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1038301

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: The theology of popular economics by Tyler Cowen on August 29th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-02

Sales Rank: 1038301

Read Tyler Cowen's posts on the Penguin Blog.In Discover Your Inner Economist one of America’s most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage—ofte... ...Read More

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One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth

by Dani Rodrik

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 29th, 2007

Sales Rank: 1743159

In One Economics, Many Recipes, leading economist Dani Rodrik argues that neither globalizers nor antiglobalizers have got it right. While economic globalization can be a boon for countries that are trying to dig out of poverty, success usually re... ...Read More

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Do Economists Make Markets?: On the Performativity of Economics

by Donald MacKenzie, Fabian Muniesa, Lucia Siu

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 29th, 2007

Sales Rank: 2838143

Around the globe, economists affect markets by saying what markets are doing, what they should do, and what they will do. Increasingly, experimental economists are even designing real-world markets. But, despite these facts, economists are still ... ...Read More

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Open Secrets of American Foreign Policy

by Gordon Tullock

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 29th, 2007

Sales Rank: 5434692

American foreign policy is a dynamic and often controversial field, and is currently a topic of deep interest given recent developments in the Middle East, North Korea and China. In order to understand where US foreign policy is headed, it is impo... ...Read More

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The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics

by Jonathan Chait

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 29th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-09-12

Sales Rank: 1182050

American politics has been hijacked. Over the past three decades, a fringe group of economic hucksters has corrupted and perverted our nation’s policies. With dark, engaging wit, Jonathan Chait reveals how these canny zealots first took over the R... ...Read More

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Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire

by Alex Von Tunzelmann

Marginal Revolution post: Hopeless ideas to which I retain an irrational attachment by Tyler Cowen on August 30th, 2007

Release Date: 2007-08-07

Sales Rank: 529811

An extraordinary story of romance, history, and divided loyalties--set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century The stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire... ...Read More

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The Wonder That Was India

by A.L. Basham

Marginal Revolution post: Hopeless ideas to which I retain an irrational attachment by Tyler Cowen on August 30th, 2007

Sales Rank: 350394

Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world, and what is unique in that respect is that the culture of the peoples still remains largely unchanged, with a strong thread of continuity through the ages. The Wonder That was India takes a loo... ...Read More

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