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Economic Doctrines of Knut Wicksell

by Carl G. Uhr

Marginal Revolution post: What’s the natural rate of interest? by Tyler Cowen on November 1st, 2015

Sales Rank: 4727327

Economic Doctrines of David Davidson (Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis)

by Carl G. Uhr

Marginal Revolution post: What’s the natural rate of interest? by Tyler Cowen on November 1st, 2015

Sales Rank: 14702976

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Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own

by Garett Jones

Marginal Revolution post: *Hive Mind*, by Garett Jones by Tyler Cowen on November 4th, 2015

Sales Rank: 716898

Over the last few decades, economists and psychologists have quietly documented the many ways in which a person's IQ matters. But, research suggests that a nation's IQ matters so much more. As Garett Jones argues in Hive Mind, modest differences i... ...Read More

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Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science

by Daniel P. Todes

Marginal Revolution post: *Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science* by Tyler Cowen on November 9th, 2015

Sales Rank: 875361

Winner of the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society "Contrary to legend, Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) never trained a dog to salivate to the sound of a bell."So begins this definitive, deeply researched biography of Ivan Pavlov. Daniel P. To... ...Read More

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Numero Zero

by Umberto Eco

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-03

Sales Rank: 62864

From the best-selling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery, a novel about the murky world of media politics, conspiracy, and murderA newspaper committed to blackmail and mud slinging, rather than reporting the news.   A paranoid ... ...Read More

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The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers

by Richard McGregor

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2012-07-31

Sales Rank: 66790

“Few outsiders have any realistic sense of the innards, motives, rivalries, and fears of the Chinese Communist leadership. But we all know much more than before, thanks to Richard McGregor’s illuminating and richly-textured look at the people in c... ...Read More

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Skippy Dies: A Novel

by Paul Murray

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2011-08-30

Sales Rank: 149788

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The Mark and the Void: A Novel

by Paul Murray

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-10-20

Sales Rank: 587787

Short-listed for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year category.What links the Investment Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, with an s, don't ask), an art heist, a novel called For the Love of... ...Read More

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Hume: An Intellectual Biography

by James A. Harris

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Sales Rank: 322362

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire career of one of Britain's greatest men of letters. It sets in biographical and historical context all of Hume's works, from A Treatise of Human Nature to The History of Engl... ...Read More

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The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir

by Riad Sattouf

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-10-20

Sales Rank: 67664

The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf's childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators―Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his fatherIn striking, virtuoso graphic style that captures both... ...Read More

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Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing

by Jamie Holmes

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-10-13

Sales Rank: 450081

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy   Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it’s a confounding work problem or a falt... ...Read More

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Hamburgers in Paradise: The Stories behind the Food We Eat

by Louise O. Fresco

Marginal Revolution post: Stuff I’ve been reading, or not by Tyler Cowen on November 10th, 2015

Sales Rank: 1172618

For the first time in human history, there is food in abundance throughout the world. More people than ever before are now freed of the struggle for daily survival, yet few of us are aware of how food lands on our plates. Behind every meal you eat... ...Read More

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Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

by Charles Murray

Marginal Revolution post: Coming Apart: The State of White England? by Alex Tabarrok on November 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2013-01-29

Sales Rank: 2941

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The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

by Michael Marmot

Marginal Revolution post: Glasgow fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on November 11th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-03

Sales Rank: 113767

In this groundbreaking book, Michael Marmot, president of the World Medical Association, reveals social injustice to be the greatest threat to global healthIn Baltimore’s inner-city neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights, a man’s life expectancy is s... ...Read More

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Margaret Thatcher (Volume 2): The Authorized Biography, Volume Two: Everything She Wants

by Charles Moore

Marginal Revolution post: The Charles Moore Margaret Thatcher biography, volume 2 by Tyler Cowen on November 12th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-10

Sales Rank: 922056

The sensational second volume of Charles Moore's bestselling authorized biography of the Iron Lady In June 1983 Margaret Thatcher won the biggest increase in a government's Parliamentary majority in British electoral history. Over the next four y... ...Read More

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A Writer's Diary

by Virginia Woolf

Marginal Revolution post: Virginia Woolf on Shakespeare by Tyler Cowen on November 16th, 2015

Release Date: 2003-03-31

Sales Rank: 218139

An invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf, drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty-seven years. Included are entries that refer to her own writing, others that are clearly writing exercises; a... ...Read More

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert A. Heinlein

Marginal Revolution post: My conversation with Cliff Asness by Tyler Cowen on November 18th, 2015

Release Date: 1997-06-15

Sales Rank: 9030

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Methuselah's Children

by Heinlein

Marginal Revolution post: My conversation with Cliff Asness by Tyler Cowen on November 18th, 2015

Sales Rank: 337512

After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution: for the first time in human history t... ...Read More

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The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

by Sean McMeekin

Marginal Revolution post: How important was the Sykes-Picot agreement anyway? by Tyler Cowen on November 19th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-10-13

Sales Rank: 499756

An astonishing retelling of twentieth-century history from the Ottoman perspective, delivering profound new insights into World War I and the contemporary Middle EastBetween 1911 and 1922, a series of wars would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its s... ...Read More

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The Mare: A Novel

by Mary Gaitskill

Marginal Revolution post: Saturday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on November 21st, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-03

Sales Rank: 293008

Following her National Book Award–nominated Veronica, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her.   Velvet... ...Read More

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The Iran-Iraq War

by Pierre Razoux

Marginal Revolution post: *The Iran-Iraq War* by Tyler Cowen on November 21st, 2015

Sales Rank: 162152

From 1980 to 1988, Iran and Iraq fought the longest conventional war of the twentieth century. The tragedies included the slaughter of child soldiers, the use of chemical weapons, the striking of civilian shipping in the Gulf, and the destruction ... ...Read More

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The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Collected and Uncollected Poems (Volume 1)

by T. S. Eliot

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 103340

This critical edition of T. S. Eliot’s Poems establishes a new text of the Collected Poems 1909–1962, rectifying accidental omissions and errors that have crept in during the century since Eliot’s astonishing debut, "The Love Song of J. Alfred P... ...Read More

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Binti

by Nnedi Okorafor

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-09-22

Sales Rank: 22900

"Prepare to fall in love with Binti." ―Neil GaimanWinner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of ... ...Read More

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Beauty Is a Wound

by Eka Kurniawan

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 42978

The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star. The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are... ...Read More

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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel

by Vendela Vida

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-06-02

Sales Rank: 607396

From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers comes a taut, spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity.In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman tr... ...Read More

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The Seventh Day: A Novel

by Yu Hua

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-01-13

Sales Rank: 942691

From the acclaimed author of Brothers and To Live: a major new novel that limns the joys and sorrows of life in contemporary China.   Yang Fei was born on a moving train. Lost by his mother, adopted by a young switchman, raised with simplicity and... ...Read More

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The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green

by Homer

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 593706

One of the oldest extant works of Western literature, the Iliad is a timeless epic poem of great warriors trapped between their own heroic pride and the arbitrary, often vicious decisions of fate and the gods. Renowned scholar and acclaimed tr... ...Read More

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The Tale of Genji (unabridged)

by Murasaki Shikibu

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 141586

“A graceful, lucid translation of the world’s first, and one of its greatest, novels.”―Alan Tansman, University of California, BerkeleyMurasaki Shikibu, born into the middle ranks of the aristocracy during the Heian period (794–1185 CE), wrote The... ...Read More

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The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Practical Cats and Further Verses (Volume 2)

by T. S. Eliot

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 89246

This critical edition of T. S. Eliot’s Poems establishes a new text of the Collected Poems 1909–1962, rectifying accidental omissions and errors that have crept in during the century since Eliot’s astonishing debut, "The Love Song of J. Alfred P... ...Read More

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The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four

by Elena Ferrante

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-09-01

Sales Rank: 2461

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The New World: A Novel

by Chris Adrian, Eli Horowitz

Marginal Revolution post: Best fiction of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 22nd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-05-05

Sales Rank: 905654

An innovative story of love, decapitation, cryogenics, and memory by two of our most creative literary mindsThe New World is the story of a marriage. Dr. Jane Cotton is a pediatric surgeon; her husband, Jim, is a humanist chaplain. They are about ... ...Read More

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The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine

by Serhii Plokhy

Marginal Revolution post: Best non-fiction books of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 23rd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-12-01

Sales Rank: 72075

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's territory and its existence as a sove... ...Read More

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In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

by Michael Meyer

Marginal Revolution post: Best non-fiction books of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 23rd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-02-14

Sales Rank: 838705

In the tradition of In Patagonia and Great Plains, Michael Meyer's In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China's legendary northeast territory. For th... ...Read More

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Mastering ’Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect

by Joshua D. Angrist, Jörn-Steffen Pischke

Marginal Revolution post: Best non-fiction books of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 23rd, 2015

Sales Rank: 31631

Applied econometrics, known to aficionados as 'metrics, is the original data science. 'Metrics encompasses the statistical methods economists use to untangle cause and effect in human affairs. Through accessible discussion and with a dose of kung ... ...Read More

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Margaret Thatcher: At Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow

by Charles Moore

Marginal Revolution post: Best non-fiction books of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 23rd, 2015

Release Date: 2016-01-05

Sales Rank: 345966

In June 1983 Margaret Thatcher won the biggest increase in a government’s parliamentary majority in British electoral history. Over the next four years, as Charles Moore relates in this central volume of his uniquely authoritative biography, Brita... ...Read More

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

by Andrea Wulf

Marginal Revolution post: Best non-fiction books of 2015 by Tyler Cowen on November 23rd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-09-15

Sales Rank: 19339

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.NATIONAL BEST ... ...Read More

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The Midas Paradox: Financial Markets, Government Policy Shocks, and the Great Depression

by Scott B Sumner

Marginal Revolution post: *The Midas Paradox* by Tyler Cowen on November 24th, 2015

Sales Rank: 778507

Economic historians have made great progress in unraveling the causes of the Great Depression, but not until Scott Sumner came along has anyone explained the multitude of twists and turns the economy took. In The Midas Paradox: Financial Markets, ... ...Read More

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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

by Stephen R. Platt

Marginal Revolution post: What is going on in Syria? (model this) by Tyler Cowen on November 25th, 2015

Release Date: 2012-12-11

Sales Rank: 52836

Winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize in HistoryA gripping account of China’s nineteenth-century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re-creations of m... ...Read More

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Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe

by Greg Ip

Marginal Revolution post: Greg Ip on why safety can be dangerous by Tyler Cowen on November 25th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-10-13

Sales Rank: 490750

How the very things we create to protect ourselves, like money market funds or anti-lock brakes, end up being the biggest threats to our safety and wellbeing. We have learned a staggering amount about human nature and disaster -- yet we keep havin... ...Read More

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Memory Theater

by Simon Critchley

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-17

Sales Rank: 840318

From this renowned philosopher comes a debut work of fiction, at once a brilliant précis of the history of philosophy, a semiautobiographical meditation on the absurd relationship between knowledge and memory, and a very funny storyA French philos... ...Read More

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What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic

by Shahab Ahmed

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2015

Sales Rank: 305792

What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (... ...Read More

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Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates

by Elaine C. Kamarck

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2015

Sales Rank: 632564

The 2016 presidential primaries are on the horizon and this new edition of Elaine Kamarck’s Primary Politics will be there to help make sense of them. Updated to include the 2012 election, it will once again be the guide to understanding the moder... ...Read More

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Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security and the Internet

by Edward Lucas

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-17

Sales Rank: 955485

Cybercrime is increasingly in the news. Stories about weaknesses in cybersecurity like the "Heartbleed" leak, or malicious software on the cash registers at your local Target have become alarmingly common. Even more alarming is the sheer number of... ...Read More

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Lawless: The Obama Administration's Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law

by David E. Bernstein

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2015

Sales Rank: 826301

In Lawless, George Mason University law professor David E. Bernstein provides a lively, scholarly account of how the Obama administration has undermined the Constitution and the rule of law. Lawless documents how President Barack Obama has preside... ...Read More

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John le Carre: The Biography

by Adam Sisman

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on November 26th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-03

Sales Rank: 283965

The definitive biography of the internationally adored author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and A Perfect Spy—arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II period—by the Nati... ...Read More