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Haitian Coffee Grows on Trees

by Tate Watkins

Marginal Revolution post: Friday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on July 1st, 2016

Release Date: 2016-06-27

Sales Rank: 841746

Many Americans’ concept of Haiti goes little beyond disaster, despair, or darkness, if not a single question: “Why is Haiti so poor?” After living in Haiti for nearly four years working as a journalist and then with small-scale coffee farmers, Tat... ...Read More

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

by Marie Kondō

Marginal Revolution post: Claims about clutter by Tyler Cowen on July 2nd, 2016

Release Date: 2016-01-05

Sales Rank: 3337

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations f... ...Read More

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Simple Rules for a Complex World

by Richard A. Epstein

Marginal Revolution post: Robot Cars: The Case for Laissez-Faire by Alex Tabarrok on July 6th, 2016

Release Date: 1997-01-30

Sales Rank: 725779

Too many laws, too many lawyers--that's the necessary consequence of a complex society, or so conventional wisdom has it. Countless pundits insist that any call for legal simplification smacks of nostalgia, sentimentality, or naiveté. But the conv... ...Read More

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Housman Country: Into the Heart of England

by NA

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Sales Rank: 1098937

A New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceA captivating exploration of A. E. Housman and the influence of his particular brand of EnglishnessA. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad made little impression when it was first published in 1896 but has sinc... ...Read More

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

by Sebastian Junger

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-05-24

Sales Rank: 897

Now a New York Times bestseller We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psycho... ...Read More

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Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road?: How to solve problems before they arise

by Stevyn Colgan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-05-19

Sales Rank: 962792

Can lollipops reduce anti-social behaviour? Or wizards halt street gambling? Do fake bus stops protect pensioners? Will organising a dog show stop young people killing each other? Stevyn Colgan believes that the answer to all of those questions is... ...Read More

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Conversations with Roger Scruton

by Mark Dooley, Roger Scruton

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-07-26

Sales Rank: 808772

Roger Scruton is arguably the greatest living English philosopher. A prolific author of fifty books, composer of two operas, controversial columnist and academic dissident, he has stood at the heart of the intellectual life of Britain (and to some... ...Read More

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The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria

by Marwa al-Sabouni

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-05-17

Sales Rank: 527952

An architect’s gripping account of living and working in war-torn Syria, and the role architecture plays in whether a community crumbles or comes together Drawing on the author’s personal experience of living and working as an architect in Syria, ... ...Read More

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Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet

by Lyndal Roper

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2017-03-14

Sales Rank: 34434

From “one of the best of the new [Martin Luther] biographers” (The New Yorker), a portrait of the complicated founding father of the Protestant Reformation, whose intellectual assault on Catholicism transformed Christianity and changed the course ... ...Read More

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Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind

by Margalit Fox

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Margalit Fox? by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Sales Rank: 670237

Documents life in a remote Bedouin village in Israel whose residents communicate through a unique method of sign language used by both hearing and non-hearing citizens, in an account that offers insight into the relationship between language and t... ...Read More

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Death Becomes Her: Selected Obituaries by Margalit Fox

by The New York Times

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Margalit Fox? by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2014-10-30

Sales Rank: 771490

How do you summarize a life when it has ended? Margalit Fox, a senior writer at The New York Times who has penned more than 1,000 obituaries over the last decade, faces that challenge almost every day.Approaching her subjects as a would-be detecti... ...Read More

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The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

by Margalit Fox

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Margalit Fox? by Tyler Cowen on July 7th, 2016

Release Date: 2014-04-15

Sales Rank: 404345

In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology wit... ...Read More

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The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them—And They Shape Us

by Ray Fisman, Tim Sullivan

Marginal Revolution post: *The Inner Lives of Markets* by Tyler Cowen on July 9th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-06-07

Sales Rank: 285548

America's economic revolution isn't just driven by technology. It's about markets.The past twenty-five years have witnessed a remarkable shift in how we get the stuff we want. If you've ever owned a business, rented an apartment, or shopped online... ...Read More

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Independence or Union: Scotland's Past and Scotland's Present

by T M Devine

Marginal Revolution post: That was then, this is now, Great Britain edition by Tyler Cowen on July 10th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-03-03

Sales Rank: 1542675

There can be no relationship in Europe's history more creative, significant, vexed and uneasy than that between Scotland and England. From the Middle Ages onwards the island of Britain has been shaped by the unique dynamic between Edinburgh and Lo... ...Read More

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Britain's Productivity Problem, 1948-1990

by M. Bufton

Marginal Revolution post: The British productivity gap by Tyler Cowen on July 10th, 2016

Sales Rank: 10186000

This volume examines attempted changes to industrial relations in Britain during 1948-1990, designed to promote institutional reforms of management and trade unions. Specific focus is given to the Donovan Commission and other trade union reforms, ... ...Read More

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The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century

by Ryan Avent

Marginal Revolution post: London fact of the day by Tyler Cowen on July 11th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-09-20

Sales Rank: 124391

None of us has ever lived through a genuine industrial revolution. Until now. Digital technology is transforming every corner of the economy, fundamentally altering the way things are done, who does them, and what they earn for their efforts. In T... ...Read More

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The Economics of Chocolate

by Mara P. Squicciarini, Johan Swinnen

Marginal Revolution post: The Great Chocolate Boom by Tyler Cowen on July 14th, 2016

Sales Rank: 1384830

This book, written by global experts, provides a comprehensive and topical analysis on the economics of chocolate. While the main approach is economic analysis, there are important contributions from other disciplines, including psychology, histor... ...Read More

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Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

by June Teufel Dreyer

Marginal Revolution post: *Middle Kingdom & Empire of the Rising Sun* by Tyler Cowen on July 15th, 2016

Sales Rank: 908328

Japan and China have been rivals for more than a millennium. In more recent times, China was the more powerful until the late nineteenth century, while Japan took the upper hand in the twentieth. Now, China's resurgence has emboldened it even as J... ...Read More

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Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion

by Gareth Stedman Jones

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been browsing by Tyler Cowen on July 22nd, 2016

Sales Rank: 124700

As much a portrait of his time as a biography of the man, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion returns the author of Das Kapital to his nineteenth-century world, before twentieth-century inventions transformed him into Communism’s patriarch and fierc... ...Read More

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An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy

by Marc Levinson

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been browsing by Tyler Cowen on July 22nd, 2016

Release Date: 2016-11-08

Sales Rank: 111752

The decades after World War II were a golden age across much of the world. It was a time of economic miracles, an era when steady jobs were easy to find and families could see their living standards improving year after year. And then, around 1973... ...Read More

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The Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy (Oxford Handbooks)

by Matthew D. Adler, Marc Fleurbaey

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been browsing by Tyler Cowen on July 22nd, 2016

Sales Rank: 952055

What are the methodologies for assessing and improving governmental policy in light of well-being? The Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment of this topic. The contributors draw from ... ...Read More

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Two Arabs, a Berber, and a Jew: Entangled Lives in Morocco

by Lawrence Rosen

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been browsing by Tyler Cowen on July 22nd, 2016

Release Date: 2015-12-02

Sales Rank: 956274

In this remarkable work by seasoned scholar Lawrence Rosen, we follow the fascinating intellectual developments of four ordinary Moroccans over the span of forty years. Walking and talking with Haj Hamed Britel, Yaghnik Driss, Hussein Qadir, and S... ...Read More

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The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846-1896

by Marc-William Palen

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been browsing by Tyler Cowen on July 22nd, 2016

Sales Rank: 2729228

Following the Second World War, the United States would become the leading 'neoliberal' proponent of international trade liberalization. Yet for nearly a century before, American foreign trade policy was dominated by extreme economic nationalism. ... ...Read More

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CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping

by Kerry Brown

Marginal Revolution post: *CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping* by Tyler Cowen on July 23rd, 2016

Sales Rank: 563168

The Economist 2016 Book of the Year SelectionChina has become the powerhouse of the world economy, its incredible boom overseen by the elite members of the secretive and all-powerful communist party. But since the election of Xi Jinping as General... ...Read More

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Europe since 1989: A History

by Philipp Ther

Marginal Revolution post: Three new books on Europe by Tyler Cowen on July 24th, 2016

Sales Rank: 491649

The year 1989 brought the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. It was also the year that the economic theories of Reagan, Thatcher, and the Chicago School achieved global dominance. And it was these neoliberal i... ...Read More

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The Euro and the Battle of Ideas

by Markus K. Brunnermeier, Harold James, Jean-Pierre Landau

Marginal Revolution post: Three new books on Europe by Tyler Cowen on July 24th, 2016

Sales Rank: 110720

Why is Europe's great monetary endeavor, the Euro, in trouble? A string of economic difficulties in Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and other Eurozone nations has left observers wondering whether the currency union can survive. In this book, Markus... ...Read More

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Europe Isn't Working

by Larry Elliott, Dan Atkinson

Marginal Revolution post: Three new books on Europe by Tyler Cowen on July 24th, 2016

Sales Rank: 1320858

A timely and provocative account of why the euro has failed and why, as a result, the Union will unravel Europe's center-left is rapidly falling out of love with the European single currency. Fifteen years after its creation, British journalists L... ...Read More

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The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: *The Complacent Class*, available for pre-order, with a special offer by Tyler Cowen on July 25th, 2016

Release Date: 2017-02-28

Sales Rank: 51767

*Now a Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller*"Tyler Cowen's blog, Marginal Revolution, is the first thing I read every morning. And his brilliant new book, The Complacent Class, has been on my nightstand after I devoured it in one sit... ...Read More

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The Economic History of China: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

by Richard von Glahn

Marginal Revolution post: Seeing China through its economic history by Tyler Cowen on July 26th, 2016

Release Date: 2016-03-07

Sales Rank: 113859

China's extraordinary rise as an economic powerhouse in the past two decades poses a challenge to many long-held assumptions about the relationship between political institutions and economic development. Economic prosperity also was vitally impor... ...Read More

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The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

by Tyler Cowen

Marginal Revolution post: *The Complacent Class* by Tyler Cowen on July 27th, 2016

Release Date: 2017-02-28

Sales Rank: 51767

*Now a Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller*"Tyler Cowen's blog, Marginal Revolution, is the first thing I read every morning. And his brilliant new book, The Complacent Class, has been on my nightstand after I devoured it in one sit... ...Read More

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The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

by M. A. Orthofer

Marginal Revolution post: My conversation with Michael Orthofer by Tyler Cowen on July 27th, 2016

Sales Rank: 1053239

This user-friendly resource is the perfect reference for English-language readers who are eager to explore fiction from around the world. Profiling hundreds of titles and authors from 1945 to today, with an emphasis on fiction published in the pas... ...Read More

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A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy (Graz Schumpeter Lectures)

by Joel Mokyr

Marginal Revolution post: *A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy* by Tyler Cowen on July 28th, 2016

Sales Rank: 209657

Why Enlightenment culture sparked the Industrial RevolutionDuring the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of ... ...Read More

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