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The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness

by Virginia Postrel

Marginal Revolution post: *The Substance of Style* by Tyler Cowen on May 1st, 2012

Release Date: 2009-03-17

Sales Rank: 376064

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Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Independent Studies in Political Economy)

by Peter J. Boettke

Marginal Revolution post: *Living Economics* by Tyler Cowen on May 5th, 2012

Sales Rank: 2593246

A great supplemental text for the teaching of economics, this book offers a clear perspective and a passion for a deeper understanding of the subject. Economics is not merely a game to be played by clever professionals, but a discipline that touch... ...Read More

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Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society

by Jim Manzi

Marginal Revolution post: Jim Manzi’s *Uncontrolled* by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2012

Sales Rank: 456130

How do we know which social and economic policies work, which should be continued, and which should be changed? Jim Manzi argues that throughout history, various methods have been attempted—except for controlled experimentation. Experiments provid... ...Read More

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At Home on the Mekong: Columns from living in Cambodia

by Will Koenig

Marginal Revolution post: Cambodian motorbike protectionism by Tyler Cowen on May 7th, 2012

Release Date: 2011-10-22

Sales Rank: 1659050

Cambodia is more than just genocidal communists, sweatshops and decaying temples. There's a vibrant culture — both unchanged for centuries and at the cutting edge of modernity — and endless adventures. When I was 22, I was bored with university an... ...Read More

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The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity

by Paul J. Zak

Marginal Revolution post: *The Moral Molecule* by Tyler Cowen on May 8th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-10

Sales Rank: 1049937

A Revolution in the Science of Good and EvilWhy do some people give freely while others are cold hearted?Why do some people cheat and steal while others you can trust with your life?Why are some husbands more faithful than others—and why do women ... ...Read More

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Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired

by Brian Doherty

Marginal Revolution post: Assorted links by Tyler Cowen on May 16th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-15

Sales Rank: 1546109

Presidential candidate and longtime representative Ron Paul of Texas is a true enigma in American politics: at once a libertarian who believes in outlawing abortion and halting illegal immigration, and a traditional conservative who fervently oppo... ...Read More

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An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: Scaling the Great Wall by Tyler Cowen on May 17th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-04-12

Sales Rank: 499829

One of the most influential economists of the decade-and the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation-boldly argues that just about everything you've heard about food is wrong. Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innova... ...Read More

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Solomon's Knot: How Law Can End the Poverty of Nations (The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

by Robert D. Cooter, Hans-Bernd Schäfer

Marginal Revolution post: Solomon’s Knot and Gray Markets by Alex Tabarrok on May 17th, 2012

Sales Rank: 2352870

Sustained growth depends on innovation, whether it's cutting-edge software from Silicon Valley, an improved assembly line in Sichuan, or a new export market for Swaziland's leather. Developing a new idea requires money, which poses a problem of tr... ...Read More

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Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition

by Jeffrey A. Miron

Marginal Revolution post: Solomon’s Knot and Gray Markets by Alex Tabarrok on May 17th, 2012

Release Date: 2004-03-01

Sales Rank: 1013915

A balanced and sophisticated analysis of the true costs, benefits, and consequences of enforcing drug prohibition is presented in this book. Miron argues that prohibition's effects on drug use have been modest and that prohibition has numerous sid... ...Read More

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China Airborne

by James Fallows

Marginal Revolution post: *China Airborne* by Tyler Cowen on May 18th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-15

Sales Rank: 1111608

More than two-thirds of the new airports under construction today are being built in China. Chinese airlines expect to triple their fleet size over the next decade and will account for the fastest-growing market for Boeing and Airbus. But the Chin... ...Read More

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Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

by Arthur Herman

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 18th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-08

Sales Rank: 113019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SELECTED BY THE ECONOMIST AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARRemarkable as it may seem today, there once was a time when the president of the United States could pick up the phone and ask the president of General Motor... ...Read More

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The Newlyweds

by Nell Freudenberger

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 18th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-01

Sales Rank: 986688

A powerful, funny, richly observed tour de force by one of America’s most acclaimed young writers: a story of love and marriage, secrets and betrayals, that takes us from the backyards of America to the back alleys and villages of Bangladesh.In Th... ...Read More

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Oblivion: A Memoir

by Héctor Abad

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 18th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-04-24

Sales Rank: 1777139

Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable pictu... ...Read More

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Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

by Steve Coll

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 18th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-01

Sales Rank: 404299

Winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2012 An “extraordinary” and “monumental” exposé of Big Oil from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll (The Washington Post)In Private Empire Steve Coll investigate... ...Read More

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On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling (Writers on Writers)

by Michael Dirda

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 18th, 2012

Sales Rank: 1242236

A passionate lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda is a member of The Baker Street Irregulars--the most famous and romantic of all Sherlockian groups. Combining memoir and appreciation, On Con... ...Read More

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Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong

by Edward Conard

Marginal Revolution post: Why did the U.S. financial sector grow so large? by Tyler Cowen on May 19th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-06-07

Sales Rank: 761073

In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many com­monly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. Conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using low down pay­ments, teaser rates, and other predatory tactics to se... ...Read More

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Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong

by Edward Conard

Marginal Revolution post: More from Edward Conard, on proprietary trading by Tyler Cowen on May 20th, 2012

Release Date: 2012-06-07

Sales Rank: 138779

In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many com­monly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. Conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using low down pay­ments, teaser rates, and other predatory tactics to se... ...Read More

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Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance

by David Roodman

Marginal Revolution post: The Father of Microcredit by Alex Tabarrok on May 21st, 2012

Sales Rank: 705922

The idea that small loans can help poor families build businesses and exit poverty has blossomed into a global movement. The concept has captured the public imagination, drawn in billions of dollars, reached millions of customers, and garnered a N... ...Read More

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Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

by Mark Kurlansky

Marginal Revolution post: *Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man* by Tyler Cowen on May 21st, 2012

Release Date: 2012-05-08

Sales Rank: 452900

Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American a... ...Read More

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The Play of the Eyes

by Elias Canetti

Marginal Revolution post: Very good sentences by Tyler Cowen on May 24th, 2012

Release Date: 2005-12-26

Sales Rank: 3964941

"The third volume of his acclaimed autobiographical memoirs, The Play of the Eyes ambles along unpredictably, mingling character sketches, cafe conversations, dramatic readings of his plays, trips to Prague and Strasbourg, musings on the power of ... ...Read More

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The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations

by Michael L. Ross

Marginal Revolution post: *The Oil Curse* by Tyler Cowen on May 29th, 2012

Sales Rank: 1710601

Countries that are rich in petroleum have less democracy, less economic stability, and more frequent civil wars than countries without oil. What explains this oil curse? And can it be fixed? In this groundbreaking analysis, Michael L. Ross looks ... ...Read More

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