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The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws

by Margaret Drabble

Marginal Revolution post: *The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws* by Tyler Cowen on September 3rd, 2009

Release Date: 2009-09-16

Sales Rank: 2421184

The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and d... ...Read More

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Gulag: A History

by Anne Applebaum

Marginal Revolution post: A Theory of Beautiful Russian Women by Alex Tabarrok on September 3rd, 2009

Release Date: 2004-04-09

Sales Rank: 22171

In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost. The Gulag--a... ...Read More

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Nova Scotia : Shaped by the Sea: A Living History

by Lesley Choyce

Marginal Revolution post: Nova Scotia markets, not in everything by Tyler Cowen on September 7th, 2009

Sales Rank: 14486115

The history of Nova Scotia is an amazing story of a land & people shaped by the waves, tides, winds, & wonder of the North Atlantic. The first people arrived after the retreat of the glaciers, & over thousands of years the highly civil... ...Read More

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The Museum of Innocence

by Orhan Pamuk

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-10-20

Sales Rank: 935710

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Strength in What Remains

by Tracy Kidder

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-08-25

Sales Rank: 512022

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The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

by Joyce Appleby

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Sales Rank: 338901

The unlikely development of a potent historical force, told with grace, insight, and authority by one of our best historians. With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives. It is a framework of co... ...Read More

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A Gate at the Stairs

by Lorrie Moore

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-09-08

Sales Rank: 14090168

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The Informers

by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-07-30

Sales Rank: 1687066

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The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot

by Chip Brantley

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-07-21

Sales Rank: 676300

The creation story of the "perfect fruit," delving into the world of the demanding farmers, brilliant obsessives, and food fanatics who create the fruits we love. Is it possible to create the perfect piece of fruit―a fruit that cannot be improved ... ...Read More

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Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything

by Gordon Bell, Jim Gemmell

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-09-17

Sales Rank: 1242759

THE TOTAL RECALL REVOLUTION IS INEVITABLE. IT WILL CHANGE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN. IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN. What if you could remember everything? Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell draw on their experience from their MyLifeBits project at Microsoft Rese... ...Read More

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Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before

by Michael Fried

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Sales Rank: 447454

From the late 1970s onward, serious art photography began to be made at large scale and for the wall. Michael Fried argues that this immediately compelled photographers to grapple with issues centering on the relationship between the photograph an... ...Read More

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The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (Economics, Cognition, and Society)

by David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, Alexander Tabarrok

Marginal Revolution post: Alex’s conniptions by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1351393

The rise and decline of American civic life has provoked wide-ranging responses from all quarters of society. Unfortunately, many proposals for improving our communities rely on renewed governmental efforts without a similar recognition that the i... ...Read More

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The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (Economics, Cognition, and Society)

by David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, Alexander Tabarrok

Marginal Revolution post: Alex’s conniptions by Tyler Cowen on September 8th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1351393

The rise and decline of American civic life has provoked wide-ranging responses from all quarters of society. Unfortunately, many proposals for improving our communities rely on renewed governmental efforts without a similar recognition that the i... ...Read More

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After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington

by Nicole Gelinas

Marginal Revolution post: Three new classical liberal books on the financial crisis by Tyler Cowen on September 14th, 2009

Sales Rank: 569999

Robust financial markets support capitalism, they don't imperil it. But in 2008, Washington policymakers were compelled to replace private risk-takers in the financial system with government capital so that money and credit flows wouldn't stop, pr... ...Read More

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Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis

by Johan Norberg senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of In Defence of Global Capitalism

Marginal Revolution post: Three new classical liberal books on the financial crisis by Tyler Cowen on September 14th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1773067

Financial Fiasco digs deep into the foundation of the economic meltdown, revealing how it was the product of conscious actions by decision makers in companies, government agencies, political institutions, and consumers. An easily accessible work w... ...Read More

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Economic Contractions in the United States: A Failure of Government

by Charles K. Rowley, Nathanael Smith

Marginal Revolution post: Three new classical liberal books on the financial crisis by Tyler Cowen on September 14th, 2009

Sales Rank: 6421926

This monograph provides a detailed explanation how the Great Depression and the current financial crisis and economic contraction in the United States were both caused by and exacerbated by government, not by capitalism. The monograph provides a w... ...Read More

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When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment

by Mark A. R. Kleiman

Marginal Revolution post: *When Brute Force Fails* by Tyler Cowen on September 15th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1090384

Since the crime explosion of the 1960s, the prison population in the United States has multiplied fivefold, to one prisoner for every hundred adults--a rate unprecedented in American history and unmatched anywhere in the world. Even as the prisone... ...Read More

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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

by Dan Ariely

Marginal Revolution post: The Devil Wears Fake Prada by Alex Tabarrok on September 16th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-05-19

Sales Rank: 60924

"A marvelous book… thought provoking and highly entertaining." —Jerome Groopman, New York Times bestselling author of How Doctors Think "Ariely not only gives us a great read; he also makes us much wiser." —George Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Laureate in E... ...Read More

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Do It Yourself Coffins for Pets and People: A Schiffer Book for Woodworkers Who Want to Be Buried in Their Work

by Dale Power

Marginal Revolution post: Books on duct tape by Tyler Cowen on September 17th, 2009

Sales Rank: 600486

Dale Power departs from his usual animal carvings, burying himself in a new art form--the manufacture of special boxes for pets and people. Here's one project you won't want to put off till tomorrow. All of the tools and techniques needed to produ... ...Read More

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The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

by T. R. Reid

Marginal Revolution post: Facts about Japanese health care, and *The Healing of America* by Tyler Cowen on September 19th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-08-20

Sales Rank: 27275

Bestselling author T. R. Reid guides a whirlwind tour of successful health care systems worldwide, revealing possible paths toward U.S. reform. In The Healing of America, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid shows how all the other industr... ...Read More

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Finding Alpha: The Search for Alpha When Risk and Return Break Down

by Eric Falkenstein

Marginal Revolution post: Eric Falkenstein’s *Finding Alpha* by Tyler Cowen on September 20th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1667757

Praise for Finding Alpha "Eric Falkenstein is more than one of the smartest and funniest people in finance. He's been a banker, a key model builder at a major rating agency, and a hedge fund trader. In this tour de force, he outlines the successe... ...Read More

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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

by Elyn R. Saks

Marginal Revolution post: Esther Duflo wins a Macarthur grant by Tyler Cowen on September 22nd, 2009

Release Date: 2008-08-12

Sales Rank: 8594

Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophr... ...Read More

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Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything

by Gordon Bell, Jim Gemmell

Marginal Revolution post: *Total Recall* by Tyler Cowen on September 22nd, 2009

Release Date: 2009-09-17

Sales Rank: 1242759

THE TOTAL RECALL REVOLUTION IS INEVITABLE. IT WILL CHANGE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN. IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN. What if you could remember everything? Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell draw on their experience from their MyLifeBits project at Microsoft Rese... ...Read More

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The Chastening: Inside The Crisis That Rocked The Global Financial System And Humbled The Imf

by Paul Blustein

Marginal Revolution post: All Those Years Ago, or, how it feels to be a superpower by Tyler Cowen on September 23rd, 2009

Release Date: 2003-05-13

Sales Rank: 377115

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Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought

by James G. Workman

Marginal Revolution post: Meat trends by Tyler Cowen on September 23rd, 2009

Release Date: 2009-08-04

Sales Rank: 1314519

The dramatic story of the Bushmen of the Kalahari is a cautionary tale about water in the twenty-first century―and offers unexpected solutions for our time. "We don't govern water. Water governs us," writes James G. Workman. I n Heart of Dryness, ... ...Read More

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I Bought Andy Warhol

by Richard Polsky

Marginal Revolution post: Mullah maximization by Tyler Cowen on September 24th, 2009

Release Date: 2004-12-23

Sales Rank: 1102889

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Trotsky: A Biography

by Robert Service

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-10-19

Sales Rank: 1114695

Robert Service completes his masterful trilogy on the founding figures of the Soviet Union in an eagerly anticipated, authoritative biography of Leon Trotsky.Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied o... ...Read More

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The Anthologist: A Novel

by Nicholson Baker

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-09-08

Sales Rank: 1090400

"The Anthologist" is narrated by Paul Chowder -- a once-in-a-while-published kind of poet who is writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry. He's having a hard time getting started because his career is floundering, his girlfriend Roz h... ...Read More

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To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise

by Bethany Moreton

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2009

Sales Rank: 416040

In the decades after World War II, evangelical Christianity nourished America’s devotion to free markets, free trade, and free enterprise. The history of Wal-Mart uncovers a complex network that united Sun Belt entrepreneurs, evangelical employee... ...Read More

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Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression

by Morris Dickstein

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2009

Sales Rank: 277480

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism: from Agee to Astaire, Steinbeck to Ellington, the creative energies of the Depression against a backdrop of poverty and economic disaster. Only yesterday the Great Depression s... ...Read More

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India: The Emerging Giant

by Arvind Panagariya

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2009

Sales Rank: 2058356

India is not only the world's largest and fiercely independent democracy, but also an emerging economic giant. But to date there has been no comprehensive account of India's remarkable growth or the role policy has played in fueling this expansion... ...Read More

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Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

by Robert Pozen

Marginal Revolution post: The Danish mortgage model by Tyler Cowen on September 26th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1261700

Industry luminary Robert Pozen offers his insights on the future of U.S. finance The recent credit crisis and the resulting bailout program are unprecedented events in the financial industry. While it's important to understand what got us here, it... ...Read More

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Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

by Robert Pozen

Marginal Revolution post: *Too Big to Save*, by Robert Pozen by Tyler Cowen on September 27th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1261700

Industry luminary Robert Pozen offers his insights on the future of U.S. finance The recent credit crisis and the resulting bailout program are unprecedented events in the financial industry. While it's important to understand what got us here, it... ...Read More

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Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

by Robert Pozen

Marginal Revolution post: *Too Big to Save*, by Robert Pozen by Tyler Cowen on September 27th, 2009

Sales Rank: 1261700

Industry luminary Robert Pozen offers his insights on the future of U.S. finance The recent credit crisis and the resulting bailout program are unprecedented events in the financial industry. While it's important to understand what got us here, it... ...Read More

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Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Marginal Revolution post: *SuperFreakonomics* by Tyler Cowen on September 29th, 2009

Release Date: 2009-10-20

Sales Rank: 361286