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On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries)

by Alice Goffman

Marginal Revolution post: Financial Hazards of the Fugitive Life (*On the Run*) by Tyler Cowen on June 1st, 2014

Sales Rank: 418725

Forty years in, the War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surveillance state in America’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Arrest quotas and high-tech surveill... ...Read More

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Becoming Freud (Jewish Lives)

by Adam Phillips

Marginal Revolution post: *Becoming Freud* by Tyler Cowen on June 1st, 2014

Release Date: 2014-05-01

Sales Rank: 532257

Becoming Freud is the story of the young Freud—Freud up until the age of fifty—that incorporates all of Freud’s many misgivings about the art of biography. Freud invented a psychological treatment that involved the telling and revising of life sto... ...Read More

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Explorations in the New Monetary Economics

by Tyler Cowen, Randall Kroszner

Marginal Revolution post: How easily can we eliminate paper currency? by Tyler Cowen on June 5th, 2014

Sales Rank: 4948641

This book, for students and specialists in Monetary Economics, is the first systematic examination of monetary economics from a new monetary economics viewpoint - one in which markets provide financial services without recourse to traditional conc... ...Read More

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Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

by Ralph Nader

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Release Date: 2014-04-29

Sales Rank: 745556

Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not pow... ...Read More

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The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Graphic Edition)

by Amity Shlaes

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Release Date: 2014-05-27

Sales Rank: 141729

An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes’s #1 New York Times bestseller, featuring vivid black-and-white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped ... ...Read More

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Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler (Buddhism and Modernity)

by Gendun Chopel

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been Reading by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1521423

In 1941, philosopher and poet Gendun Chopel (1903–51) sent a large manuscript by ship, train, and yak across mountains and deserts to his homeland in the northeastern corner of Tibet. He would follow it five years later, returning to his native la... ...Read More

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Microeconomics Made Simple: Basic Microeconomic Principles Explained in 100 Pages or Less

by Austin Frakt PhD, Mike Piper CPA

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Sales Rank: 341594

Find all of the following topics, explained in plain-English:IntroductionWhat is Economics? | Not a Perfect Model | Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics1. Maximizing UtilityDecreasing Marginal Utility | Opportunity Costs2. Evaluating Production Poss... ...Read More

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The Economics of Creativity: Art and Achievement under Uncertainty

by Pierre-Michel Menger

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1587345

Creative work has been celebrated as the highest form of achievement since at least Aristotle. But our understanding of the dynamics and market for creative work--artistic work in particular--often relies on unexamined clichés about individual gen... ...Read More

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The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression

by Daniel W. Drezner

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Sales Rank: 977893

International institutions, from the International Monetary Fund to the International Olympic Committee, are perceived as bastions of sclerotic mediocrity at best and outright corruption at worst, and this perception is generally not far off the m... ...Read More

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Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics

by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1294920

A wealth of research in recent decades has seen the economic approach to human behavior extended over many areas previously considered to belong to sociology, political science, law, and other fields. Research has also shown that economics can pro... ...Read More

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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

by Nick Bostrom

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my cyberpile by Tyler Cowen on June 7th, 2014

Sales Rank: 28916

A New York Times bestsellerSuperintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanit... ...Read More

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Cybernation: The Silent Conquest: A Report to the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

by Donald N. Michael

Marginal Revolution post: Donald N. Michael on our future cybernation by Tyler Cowen on June 8th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1651657

Discusses the advantages of cybernation, the unemployment that can be caused, and the need for controls. Reflects the American academic establishment point of view in 1962.

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Thomas Malthus and the Making of the Modern World

by Alan Macfarlane

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 15th, 2014

Release Date: 2014-05-16

Sales Rank: 1939125

The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus was born in 1766 and died in 1834. He was the son of a clergyman and one of eight children. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge and later became Professor of History and Political Economy at the East Indi... ...Read More

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Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore

by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 15th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1673651

What happens after a country splits apart? Forty-seven years ago Singapore separated from Malaysia. Since then, the two countries have developed along their own paths. Malaysia has given preference to the majority Malay Muslims -- the bumiputera, ... ...Read More

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The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence

by David Bromwich

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 15th, 2014

Sales Rank: 187768

David Bromwich’s portrait of statesman Edmund Burke (1730–1797) is the first biography to attend to the complexity of Burke’s thought as it emerges in both the major writings and private correspondence. The public and private writings cannot be ea... ...Read More

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Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

by Jenny Davidson

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 15th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1941643

A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that drive us to fall in love with certain sentences over others and the larger implications of our relationship with writing style. At once playful and serious, ... ...Read More

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Children of the dust

by Louise Lawrence

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 15th, 2014

Sales Rank: 2327849

After a nuclear war devastates the earth, a small band of people struggles for survival in a new world where children are born with strange mutations.

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All That Is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About It

by Danny Dorling

Marginal Revolution post: *All That is Solid*, by Danny Dorling by Tyler Cowen on June 19th, 2014

Release Date: 2014-02-19

Sales Rank: 1894352

Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In this groundbreaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times. Tracing how we got to our... ...Read More

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The Invention of the Modern World

by Alan Macfarlane

Marginal Revolution post: Alan Macfarlane’s *Invention of the Modern World* by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1777235

From the preface: 'This is a book which synthesizes a lifetime of reflection on the origins of the modern world. Through forty years of travel in Europe, Australia, India, Nepal, Japan and China I have observed the similarities and differences of ... ...Read More

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The A B E of Economics: An Essay In Economic Folly

by Edward Hugh

Marginal Revolution post: Assorted links by Tyler Cowen on June 21st, 2014

Release Date: 2014-06-18

Sales Rank: 1278218

A new craze is sweeping the planet. Known by the title "Abenomics" over the last couple of years it has been steadily gathering adepts in financial markets across the globe. Despite the fact Abe's move fits comfortably within the austerity vs grow... ...Read More

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Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century

by Ms Georgina Adam

Marginal Revolution post: Who are the wealthiest artists? by Tyler Cowen on June 22nd, 2014

Sales Rank: 139053

This highly readable and timely book explores the transformation of the modern and contemporary art market in the 21st century from a niche trade to a globalised operation worth an estimated $50 billion a year.Drawing on her personal experience, t... ...Read More

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Leo Strauss: Man of Peace

by Robert Howse

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 24th, 2014

Release Date: 2014-10-30

Sales Rank: 1507647

Leo Strauss is known to many people as a thinker of the right, who inspired hawkish views on national security and perhaps even advocated war without limits. Moving beyond gossip and innuendo about Strauss's followers and the Bush administration, ... ...Read More

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In 100 Years: Leading Economists Predict the Future (MIT Press)

by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 24th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1536213

This pithy and engaging volume shows that economists may be better equipped to predict the future than science fiction writers. Economists' ideas, based on both theory and practice, reflect their knowledge of the laws of human interactions as well... ...Read More

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Growth Makes You Happy: An Optimist's View of Progress and the Free Market

by Peter De Keyzer

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 24th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1984977

"Many economists feed today's pessimism with regard to the future. Peter De Keyzer is a welcome exception. Yes, there are problems, but this book shows that there are also solutions. There is reason for optimism." - Professor Paul De Grauwe, Londo... ...Read More

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Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles

by Steven D. Gjerstad, Professor Vernon L. Smith

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 24th, 2014

Sales Rank: 1618583

Balance sheet crises, in which the prices of widely held and highly leveraged assets collapse, pose distinctive economic challenges. An understanding of their causes and consequences is only recently developing, and there is no agreement on effect... ...Read More

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Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)

by Morten Jerven

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 24th, 2014

Release Date: 2013-01-24

Sales Rank: 958164

One of the most urgent challenges in African economic development is to devise a strategy for improving statistical capacity. Reliable statistics, including estimates of economic growth rates and per-capita income, are basic to the operation of go... ...Read More

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Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

by Ralph Nader

Marginal Revolution post: My interview with Ralph Nader by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2014

Release Date: 2014-04-29

Sales Rank: 745556

Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not pow... ...Read More

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Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality

by Patrick Sharkey

Marginal Revolution post: African-American fact of the day (there is a great stagnation) by Tyler Cowen on June 27th, 2014

Release Date: 2013-04-19

Sales Rank: 524197

In the 1960s, many believed that the civil rights movement’s successes would foster a new era of racial equality in America. Four decades later, the degree of racial inequality has barely changed. To understand what went wrong, Patrick Sharkey arg... ...Read More

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Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

by Adam Minter

Marginal Revolution post: The FT summer book reading list by Tyler Cowen on June 28th, 2014

Release Date: 2013-11-12

Sales Rank: 686359

When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday's newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don't want and turn it into something you can't wait to buy. In Junkya... ...Read More

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