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Hegel

by Charles Taylor

Marginal Revolution post: Hegel, or Department of Yikes by Tyler Cowen on June 3rd, 2008

Sales Rank: 838296

This is a major and comprehensive study of the philosophy of Hegel, his place in the history of ideas, and his continuing relevance and importance. Professor Taylor relates Hegel to the earlier history of philosophy and, more particularly, to the ... ...Read More

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Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World (Popular Science)

by Nick Lane

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 5th, 2008

Sales Rank: 370952

In Oxygen, Nick Lane takes the reader on an enthralling journey as he unravels the unexpected ways in which oxygen spurred the evolution of life and death. He shows how oxygen underpins the origin of biological complexity, the birth of photosynthe... ...Read More

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Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life

by Nick Lane

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 5th, 2008

Sales Rank: 41149

If it weren't for mitochondria, scientists argue, we'd all still be single-celled bacteria. Indeed, these tiny structures inside our cells are important beyond imagining. Without mitochondria, we would have no cell suicide, no sculpting of embryon... ...Read More

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Depths

by Henning Mankell

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 5th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-04-15

Sales Rank: 894609

From the dean of Scandinavian noir and internationally bestselling author, Henning Mankell, comes a lyrical and evocative novel about a Swedish naval engineer during World War I and his devastating plunge into obsession. In 1914 Lars Tobiasson-Sva... ...Read More

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The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

by Elizabeth Pisani

Marginal Revolution post: The Wisdom of Whores by Alex Tabarrok on June 9th, 2008

Sales Rank: 375193

A flame-throwing epidemiologist talks about sex, drugs, and the mistakes (dismal), ideologies (vicious), and hopes (realistic) of international AIDS prevention. When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, "sex and drugs.... ...Read More

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Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Classics)

by Jonathan Swift

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Release Date: 2003-02-25

Sales Rank: 131364

A wickedly clever satire uses comic inversions to offer telling insights into the nature of man and societyGulliver's Travels describes the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon. In Lilliput he discovers a world in miniature; towering ... ...Read More

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HedgeFunds: An Analytic Perspective (Advances in Financial Engineering)

by Andrew W. Lo

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Sales Rank: 289313

The hedge fund industry has grown dramatically over the last two decades, with more than eight thousand funds now controlling close to two trillion dollars. Originally intended for the wealthy, these private investments have now attracted a muc... ...Read More

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Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World WarII

by Brendan I. Koerner

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-29

Sales Rank: 1693369

An epic saga of hubris , cruelty, and redemption, Now the Hell Will Start tells the remarkable tale of the greatest manhunt of World War II. Herman Perry, besieged by the hardships of the Indo-Burmese jungle and the racism meted out by his white c... ...Read More

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Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others

by Marco Iacoboni

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-13

Sales Rank: 780982

What accounts for the remarkable ability to get inside another person’s head—to know what they’re thinking and feeling? “Mind reading” is the very heart of what it means to be human, creating a bridge between self and others that is fundamental to... ...Read More

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Netherland: A Novel

by Joseph O'Neill

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-20

Sales Rank: 1031307

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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

by Jill Bolte Taylor

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve Been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-14

Sales Rank: 90092

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The High Cost of Free Parking

by Donald Shoup

Marginal Revolution post: Where is inequality greater? by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Sales Rank: 779074

Off-street parking requirements are devastating American cities. So says Donald Shoup in this no-holds-barred treatise on the way parking should be. Free parking, Shoup argues, has contributed to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant en... ...Read More

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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

by Tom Vanderbilt

Marginal Revolution post: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-07-29

Sales Rank: 828627

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A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano

by Katie Hafner

Marginal Revolution post: Focal points by Tyler Cowen on June 13th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-06-10

Sales Rank: 855377

A grand tale of obsession about the brilliant Glenn Gould and the unique, temperamental instrument he came to love beyond all others, by a top New York Times writer.Glenn Gould was one of the most complex, brilliant artists of the twentieth centur... ...Read More

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Transformations: Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture

by Grant David McCracken

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 14th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-12

Sales Rank: 589560

Self reinvention has become a preoccupation of contemporary culture. In the last decade, Hollywood made a 500-million-dollar bet on this idea with movies such as Multiplicity, Fight Club, eXistenZ, and Catch Me If You Can. Self reinvention marks t... ...Read More

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The Book of Love: The Story of the Kamasutra

by James McConnachie

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 14th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-27

Sales Rank: 2735783

An engaging, enlightening “biography” of the ancient Hindu manuscript that became the world’s most famous sex manual The Kamasutra is one of the world’s best-known yet least-understood texts, its title instantly familiar but its actual contents wi... ...Read More

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Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure

by Paul Offit M.D.

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 14th, 2008

Sales Rank: 773442

A London researcher was the first to assert that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine known as MMR caused autism in children. Following this "discovery," a handful of parents declared that a mercury-containing preservative in several vacc... ...Read More

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Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It

by Elizabeth Royte

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 14th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-13

Sales Rank: 479541

Having already surpassed milk and beer, and second now only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. The brands have become so ubiquitous that we're hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian ... ...Read More

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What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (The Oxford History of the United States, Vol. 5)

by Daniel Walker Howe

Marginal Revolution post: The War with Mexico by Tyler Cowen on June 16th, 2008

Sales Rank: 47579

The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. In this Pulitzer prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the batt... ...Read More

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Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood

by Taras Grescoe

Marginal Revolution post: Bottomfeeder by Tyler Cowen on June 16th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-04-29

Sales Rank: 694882

An eye-opening look at aquaculture that does for seafood what Fast Food Nation did for beef. Dividing his sensibilities between Epicureanism and ethics, Taras Grescoe set out on a nine-month, worldwide search for a delicious―and humane―plate of se... ...Read More

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition

by Robert B. Cialdini

Marginal Revolution post: The decay of gratitude by Tyler Cowen on June 17th, 2008

Release Date: 2006-12-26

Sales Rank: 544

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Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

by Noah J. Goldstein Ph.D., Steve J. Martin, Robert Cialdini Ph.D.

Marginal Revolution post: The decay of gratitude by Tyler Cowen on June 17th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-06-10

Sales Rank: 41807

Small changes can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion What one word can you start using today to increase your persuasiveness by more than fifty percent? Which item of stationery can dramatically increase people's responses to y... ...Read More

O Economista Que Há Em Si

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: O Economista Que Há Em Si by Tyler Cowen on June 18th, 2008

Sales Rank: 19047578

A economia popularizou-se graças a um movimento que culminou com Freakonomics, de Steven Levitt e Stephen J. Dubner, e o Economista Difarçado, de Tim Harford. Tyler Cowen compartilha com os seus colegas o mesmo sentido de humor e a mesma sagacidad... ...Read More

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The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

by Russell Roberts

Marginal Revolution post: The Price of Everything by Tyler Cowen on June 18th, 2008

Sales Rank: 1025187

Stanford University student and Cuban American tennis prodigy Ramon Fernandez is outraged when a nearby mega-store hikes its prices the night of an earthquake. He crosses paths with provost and economics professor Ruth Lieber when he plans a ca... ...Read More

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The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

by Elizabeth Pisani

Marginal Revolution post: More Sex is Safer Sex by Alex Tabarrok on June 19th, 2008

Sales Rank: 375193

A flame-throwing epidemiologist talks about sex, drugs, and the mistakes (dismal), ideologies (vicious), and hopes (realistic) of international AIDS prevention. When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, "sex and drugs.... ...Read More

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More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics

by Steven E Landsburg

Marginal Revolution post: More Sex is Safer Sex by Alex Tabarrok on June 19th, 2008

Release Date: 2007-04-17

Sales Rank: 1735103

With his long-running 'Everyday Economics' column in Slate and his popular book, The Armchair Economist, Steve Landsburg has been leading the pack of economists who are transforming their science from a drab meditation on graphs and charts into a ... ...Read More

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Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel

by Rivka Galchen

Marginal Revolution post: Atmospheric Disturbances by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-27

Sales Rank: 1151887

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First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century

by David Lida

Marginal Revolution post: First Stop in the New World by Tyler Cowen on June 21st, 2008

Release Date: 2008-06-12

Sales Rank: 767578

The definitive book on Mexico City: a vibrant, seductive, and paradoxical metropolis-the second-biggest city in the world, and a vision of our urban future.First Stop in the New World is a street-level panorama of Mexico City, the largest metropol... ...Read More

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Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics

by Stefan Collini

Marginal Revolution post: W.H. Auden on banking by Tyler Cowen on June 21st, 2008

Sales Rank: 3720776

In this series of penetrating and attractively readable essays, Stefan Collini explores aspects of the literary and intellectual culture of Britain from the early twentieth century to the present. Collini focuses on critics and historians who wrot... ...Read More

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Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

by Noah J. Goldstein Ph.D., Steve J. Martin, Robert Cialdini Ph.D.

Marginal Revolution post: The power of “because” by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-06-10

Sales Rank: 41807

Small changes can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion What one word can you start using today to increase your persuasiveness by more than fifty percent? Which item of stationery can dramatically increase people's responses to y... ...Read More

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Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream

by Ross Douthat, Reihan Salam

Marginal Revolution post: Grand New Party by Tyler Cowen on June 26th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-06-24

Sales Rank: 794566

“Memo to John McCain: Please, please READ THIS BOOK. It can help you win the election and guide Republicans in shaping the political future.Memo to Democrats: Don’t read this book. It's going to be THE political book of 2008. Republicans will be b... ...Read More

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Storage and Commodity Markets

by Jeffrey C. Williams, Brian D. Wright

Marginal Revolution post: Assorted links by Tyler Cowen on June 26th, 2008

Sales Rank: 4114487

Storage and Commodity Markets is primarily a work of economic theory, concerned with how the capability to store a surplus affects the prices and production of commodities. Its focus on the behavior, over time, of aggregate stockpiles provides in... ...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: Why you should throw books out by Tyler Cowen on June 27th, 2008

Release Date: 2008-05-27

Sales Rank: 173219

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.Like no other economist, Tyler Cowen... ...Read More

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Intimacies

by Leo Bersani, Adam Phillips

Marginal Revolution post: The best sentence I read yesterday by Tyler Cowen on June 28th, 2008

Sales Rank: 1840120

Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its cent... ...Read More