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Hun Sen’s Cambodia

by Sebastian Strangio

Marginal Revolution post: *Hun Sen’s Cambodia* by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 323113

A fascinating analysis of the recent history of the beautiful but troubled Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia To many in the West, the name Cambodia still conjures up indelible images of destruction and death, the legacy of the brutal Khmer Rouge ... ...Read More

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The Meursault Investigation

by Kamel Daoud

Marginal Revolution post: *The Meursault Investigation* by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2015

Release Date: 2015-06-02

Sales Rank: 57462

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 — Michiko Kakutani, The Top Books of 2015, New York Times — TIME Magazine Top Ten Books of 2015 — Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year — Financial Times Best Books of the Year“A tour-de-force reimagining o... ...Read More

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The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (The Princeton History of the Ancient World)

by Josiah Ober

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2015

Sales Rank: 277625

Lord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization more apt than he knew. Through most of its long history, Greece was poor. But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized. Many surprisingly... ...Read More

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Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words (Male Edition)

by Milorad Pavic

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Serbian by Tyler Cowen on August 4th, 2015

Release Date: 1989-10-23

Sales Rank: 102939

A national bestseller, Dictionary of the Khazars was cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of the year. Written in two versions, male and female (both available in Vintage International), which are identical save for sev... ...Read More

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Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment

by Michael Javen Fortner

Marginal Revolution post: Thursday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on August 6th, 2015

Sales Rank: 327139

Often seen as a political sop to the racial fears of white voters, aggressive policing and draconian sentencing for illegal drug possession and related crimes have led to the imprisonment of millions of African Americans―far in excess of their rep... ...Read More

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

by Michael Booth

Marginal Revolution post: *The Almost Nearly Perfect People* by Tyler Cowen on August 7th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-01-27

Sales Rank: 56790

A WITTY, INFORMATIVE, AND POPULAR TRAVELOGUE ABOUT THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES AND HOW THEY MAY NOT BE AS HAPPY OR AS PERFECT AS WE ASSUMEJournalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasin... ...Read More

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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

by Mark Vanhoenacker

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-06-02

Sales Rank: 81772

A poetic and nuanced exploration of the human experience of flight that reminds us of the full imaginative weight of our most ordinary journeys—and reawakens our capacity to be amazed. The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once ... ...Read More

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George Yeo on Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao

by Asad-ul Iqbal Latif, Huay Leng Lee

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2015

Sales Rank: 1142071

Since his undergraduate days in Cambridge, George Yeo has spoken and written much in and out of government. Many remember the things which he said or wrote years ago. This book is a compilation of some of his best speeches and writings which were ... ...Read More

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three

by Elena Ferrante

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2015

Release Date: 2014-09-02

Sales Rank: 2181

Soon to be an HBO series, book three in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted epic by one of today's most beloved and acclaimed writers, Elena Ferrante, “one ... ...Read More

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The Vegetarian: A Novel

by Han Kang

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2015

Sales Rank: 1972467

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-l... ...Read More

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The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar: Essays on Poets and Poetry

by Helen Vendler

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2015

Sales Rank: 166257

One of our foremost commentators on poetry examines the work of a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, Irish, and American poets. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar gathers two decades’ worth of Helen Vendler’s essays, book ... ...Read More

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The Landscapes of Communism

by Owen Hatherley

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 8th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-06-30

Sales Rank: 1588354

'In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things: a brave, incisive, elegant and erudite writer, whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it emb... ...Read More

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Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage

by Stephen Macedo

Marginal Revolution post: *Just Married* by Tyler Cowen on August 9th, 2015

Sales Rank: 1188222

The institution of marriage stands at a critical juncture. As gay marriage equality gains acceptance in law and public opinion, questions abound regarding marriage's future. Will same-sex marriage lead to more radical marriage reform? Should it? A... ...Read More

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Innovation breakdown : How the FDA and Wall Street cripple medical advances

by Joseph V Gulfo

Marginal Revolution post: FDA Loses Another Free Speech Case by Alex Tabarrok on August 10th, 2015

Release Date: 2014-06-24

Sales Rank: 1060184

Winner of Maverick of The Year Award and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, and featured by WSJ, Fortune and Bloomberg TV for his battle to defeat unlawful actions by the FDA, Dr. Joseph V. Gulfo provides a first-hand riveting ac... ...Read More

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Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

by Geoff Colvin

Marginal Revolution post: Geoff Colvin, *Humans are Underrated* by Tyler Cowen on August 13th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-08-04

Sales Rank: 141746

As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers?What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully aroun... ...Read More

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The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (Anthem Other Canon Economics)

by Mariana Mazzucato

Marginal Revolution post: Lunch with Mariana Mazzucato by Tyler Cowen on August 15th, 2015

Sales Rank: 428221

This bestseller from leading economist Mariana Mazzucato � named by the �New Republic� as one of the �most important innovation thinkers� today � is stirring up much-needed debates worldwide about the role of the State in innovation. D... ...Read More

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The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution

by Dominic Lieven

Marginal Revolution post: Russia fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on August 20th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-08-18

Sales Rank: 173005

An Economist Best Book of the YearA Financial Times Best Book of the YearWinner of the the Pushkin House Russian Book PrizeFinalist for the Lionel Gelber PrizeAn Amazon Best Book of the Month (History)One of the world’s leading scholars offers a f... ...Read More

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Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary

by Richard A. Posner

Marginal Revolution post: *Divergent Paths* by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2015

Sales Rank: 553775

Judges and legal scholars talk past one another, if they have any conversation at all. Academics couch their criticisms of judicial decisions in theoretical terms, which leads many judges―at the risk of intellectual stagnation―to dismiss most acad... ...Read More

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The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry (MIT Press)

by Jeremiah D. Lambert

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Sales Rank: 327658

For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service to largely dependent consumers invit... ...Read More

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Pedigree: A Memoir (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

by Patrick Modiano

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Sales Rank: 619796

Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano has said that his many fictions are all variations of the same story. Pedigree, his memoir, is the theme. In this rare glimpse into the life of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano, the author takes up his pen to tell his ... ...Read More

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Augustine: Conversions to Confessions

by Robin Lane Fox

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-11-03

Sales Rank: 194044

Saint Augustine is one of the most influential figures in all of Christianity, yet his path to sainthood was by no means assured. Born in AD 354 to a pagan father and a Christian mother, Augustine spent the first thirty years of his life strugglin... ...Read More

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Vanishing into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition

by Barry Allen

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Sales Rank: 1248918

Vanishing into Things explores the concept of knowledge in Chinese thought over two millennia, from Confucius to Wang Yangming (ca. 1500 CE), and compares the different philosophical imperatives that have driven Chinese and Western thought. Challe... ...Read More

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Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

by Cintra Wilson

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-09-08

Sales Rank: 465211

As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts her no-holds-barred, totally outrageou... ...Read More

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The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine--A Tale of Two Narratives

by Padraig O'Malley

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Release Date: 2015-07-28

Sales Rank: 983629

“A thoughtful autopsy of the failed two-state paradigm . . . Evenhanded, diplomatic, mutually respectful, and enormously useful.” —Kirkus, starred reviewDisputes over settlements, the right of return, the rise of Hamas, recognition of Israel as a ... ...Read More

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The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

by Bill Hayton

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Sales Rank: 283989

A discerning account of simmering conflict in the South China Sea and why the world can’t afford to be indifferent China’s rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing’s back yard: the South China S... ...Read More

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Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession

by William Skidelsky

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 28th, 2015

Release Date: 2016-05-03

Sales Rank: 458181

In this wildly entertaining and informative memoir reminiscent of Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch—but set in the world of tennis—one man recounts his all-consuming obsession with Roger Federer and delves into the fascinating history of professional spor... ...Read More