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Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

by Sujatha Gidla

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Sujatha Gidla? by Tyler Cowen on October 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-07-18

Sales Rank: 23233

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017"Ants Among Elephants is an arresting, affecting and ultimately enlightening memoir. It is quite possibly the most striking work of non-fiction set in India since Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo,... ...Read More

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Two Tales of Crow and Sparrow: A Freudian Folkloristic Essay on Caste and Untouchability

by Alan Dundes

Marginal Revolution post: Model this saliva exchange by Tyler Cowen on October 5th, 2017

Release Date: 1997-11-20

Sales Rank: 3752244

This provocative book by a leading folklorist offers a new analysis of caste in India, focusing on the rationale underlying the customs surrounding untouchability. Drawing on clues contained in two fascinating folktales, Alan Dundes goes beyond Du... ...Read More

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The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

by Brink Lindsey, Steven Teles

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Brink Lindsey and Steve Teles? by Tyler Cowen on October 7th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-10-13

Sales Rank: 12472

For years, America has been plagued by slow economic growth and increasing inequality. Yet economists have long taught that there is a tradeoff between equity and efficiency-that is, between making a bigger pie and dividing it more fairly. That is... ...Read More

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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

Marginal Revolution post: Richard Thaler Wins Nobel! by Alex Tabarrok on October 9th, 2017

Release Date: 2009-02-24

Sales Rank: 1001

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

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Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

by Richard H. Thaler

Marginal Revolution post: Richard Thaler Wins Nobel! by Alex Tabarrok on October 9th, 2017

Release Date: 2015-05-11

Sales Rank: 44

Winner of the Nobel Prize in EconomicsGet ready to change the way you think about economics.Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans—predictable, error-pron... ...Read More

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The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

by John F. Cogan

Marginal Revolution post: *The High Cost of Good Intentions* by Tyler Cowen on October 14th, 2017

Sales Rank: 62626

Federal entitlement programs are strewn throughout the pages of U.S. history, springing from the noble purpose of assisting people who are destitute through no fault of their own. Yet as federal entitlement programs have grown, so too have their i... ...Read More

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

by Ben Horowitz

Marginal Revolution post: *The Hard Thing About Hard Things* by Tyler Cowen on October 16th, 2017

Release Date: 2014-03-04

Sales Rank: 5136

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school ... ...Read More

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Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

by Kenneth Whyte

Marginal Revolution post: Kenneth Whyte’s new Herbert Hoover biography by Tyler Cowen on October 17th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-10-10

Sales Rank: 6200

"An exemplary biography—exhaustively researched, fair-minded and easy to read. It can nestle on the same shelf as David McCullough’s Truman, a high compliment indeed." —The Wall Street JournalThe definitive biography of Herbert Hoover, one of the ... ...Read More

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty

Marginal Revolution post: Is Piketty’s Data Reliable? by Alex Tabarrok on October 18th, 2017

Sales Rank: 6418

A New York Times #1 Bestseller An Amazon #1 Bestseller A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Sunday Times BestsellerWinner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardWinner of the British Academy Meda... ...Read More

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Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Marginal Revolution post: Is Leonardo da Vinci overrated? by Tyler Cowen on October 18th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-10-17

Sales Rank: 7

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The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (The Princeton History of the Ancient World)

by Kyle Harper

Marginal Revolution post: *The Fate of Rome* by Tyler Cowen on October 19th, 2017

Sales Rank: 17137

A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman EmpireHere is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first boo... ...Read More

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WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird

by Peter T. Leeson

Marginal Revolution post: *An Economic Tour of the Weird: WTF?!* by Tyler Cowen on October 20th, 2017

Sales Rank: 61320

Step right up! Get your tickets for WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird! This rollicking tour through a museum of the world's weirdest practices is guaranteed to make you say, "WTF?!" Did you know that "preowned" wives were sold at auction in nine... ...Read More

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The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won

by Victor Davis Hanson

Marginal Revolution post: *The Second World Wars* by Tyler Cowen on October 22nd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-10-17

Sales Rank: 846

A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historianWorld War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket ... ...Read More

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Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy

by Dani Rodrik

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 16744

An honest discussion of free trade and how nations can sensibly chart a path forward in today’s global economyNot so long ago the nation-state seemed to be on its deathbed, condemned to irrelevance by the forces of globalization and technology. No... ...Read More

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The Last Resort: The Financial Crisis and the Future of Bailouts

by Eric A. Posner

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 2372811

The bailouts during the recent financial crisis enraged the public. They felt unfair—and counterproductive: people who take risks must be allowed to fail. If we reward firms that make irresponsible investments, costing taxpayers billions of dollar... ...Read More

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Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

by Harvey Sachs

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-06-27

Sales Rank: 15203

On the 150th anniversary of his birth comes this monumental biography of Arturo Toscanini, whose dramatic life is unparalleled among twentieth-century musicians.It may be difficult to imagine today, but Arturo Toscanini―recognized widely as the mo... ...Read More

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Iran: A Modern History

by Abbas Amanat

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 24227

A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009 This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people... ...Read More

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The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully

by Aaron Carroll

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-11-07

Sales Rank: 12752

Physician and popular New York Times Upshot contributor Aaron Carroll mines the latest evidence to show that many “bad” ingredients actually aren’t unhealthy, and in some cases are essential to our well-being. Advice about food can be confusing. T... ...Read More

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In Search of the Lost Orient: An Interview

by Olivier Roy

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 1274462

Olivier Roy is one of the world's leading experts on political Islam. But he is not only a scholar―he is also a traveler. Roy's keen and iconoclastic insights emerge from a lifetime of study combined with intrepid exploration through Afghanistan a... ...Read More

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Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education (MIT Press)

by Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ben Nelson, Bob Kerrey

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on October 23rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 163864

How to rebuild higher education from the ground up for the twenty-first century.Higher education is in crisis. It is too expensive, ineffective, and impractical for many of the world's students. But how would you reinvent it for the twenty-first c... ...Read More

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Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 (The History of NYC Series)

by Mike Wallace

Marginal Revolution post: *Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919* by Tyler Cowen on October 25th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-10-02

Sales Rank: 2384

In this utterly immersive volume, Mike Wallace captures the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, the labor upheaval, and violent repression during and after the First World War. Her... ...Read More

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Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction

by Chris D. Thomas

Marginal Revolution post: Are Humans Increasing the Number of Species? by Alex Tabarrok on October 27th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-09-05

Sales Rank: 34412

Human activity has irreversibly changed the natural environment. But the news isn't all bad.It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world, causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climat... ...Read More

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