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The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History

by Philip E. Auerswald

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 272672

What do Stone Age axes, Toll House cookies, and Burning Man have in common? They are all examples of code in action. What is "code"? Code is the DNA of human civilization as it has evolved from Neolithic simplicity to modern complexity. It is the ... ...Read More

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Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

by Jonathan Schwabish

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 60906

Whether you are a university professor, researcher at a think tank, graduate student, or analyst at a private firm, chances are that at some point you have presented your work in front of an audience. Most of us approach this task by converting a ... ...Read More

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Breaking Sudan: The Search for Peace

by Jok Madut Jok

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 539851

In 2005, twenty-two years of civil war in Sudan were brought to an end by the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Negotiations between north and south had ended in compromise, however, and hopes of a unified state that was open, democrat... ...Read More

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Arguments for Liberty

by Aaron Ross Powell, Grant Babcock

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 124864

What's the best political system? What standards should we use to decide, and why? Arguments for Liberty is a guide to thinking about these questions. Two schools of thought have long dominated libertarian discussions about ethics: utilitarianism ... ...Read More

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American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1

by Alan Taylor

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2002-07-30

Sales Rank: 6198

A multicultural, multinational history of colonial America from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Internal Enemy and American RevolutionsIn the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor chal... ...Read More

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Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli In His World

by Erica Benner

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-09

Sales Rank: 29739

The dramatic, myth-shattering story of how Machiavelli―arguably the most misunderstood thinker of all time―fought to change his corrupt world.Since the publication of The Prince five centuries ago, Machiavelli has been associated with political am... ...Read More

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Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

by Holger Hoock

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-09

Sales Rank: 1728

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICEA magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's foundingThe American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals agains... ...Read More

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American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

by Colin Woodard

Marginal Revolution post: Unruly Appalachia by Tyler Cowen on April 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2012-09-25

Sales Rank: 3319

• A New Republic Best Book of the Year • The Globalist Top Books of the Year • Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction •Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fa... ...Read More

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The End of the Past: Ancient Rome and the Modern West (Revealing Antiquity)

by Aldo Schiavone

Marginal Revolution post: Mark Koyama review of the Roman economy by Tyler Cowen on April 4th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1162732

This searching interpretation of past and present addresses fundamental questions about the fall of the Roman Empire. Why did ancient culture, once so strong and rich, come to an end? Was it destroyed by weaknesses inherent in its nature? Or were ... ...Read More

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Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA

by Richard English

Marginal Revolution post: Why is authoritarianism on the rise? by Tyler Cowen on April 4th, 2017

Release Date: 2008-09-04

Sales Rank: 166509

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Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today

by Ilana Gershon

Marginal Revolution post: Are weak ties less important for job-seeking? by Tyler Cowen on April 5th, 2017

Sales Rank: 293097

  Finding a job used to be simple. You’d show up at an office and ask for an application. A friend would mention a job in their department. Or you’d see an ad in a newspaper and send in your cover letter. Maybe you’d call the company a week later ... ...Read More

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Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Ray Fisman, Miriam A. Golden

Marginal Revolution post: *Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know* by Tyler Cowen on April 5th, 2017

Sales Rank: 254290

Corruption regularly makes front page headlines: public officials embezzling government monies, selling public offices, and trading bribes for favors to private companies generate public indignation and calls for reform. In Corruption: What Everyo... ...Read More

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The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression

by Daniel W. Drezner

Marginal Revolution post: *The Ideas Industry*, the new Dan Drezner book by Tyler Cowen on April 7th, 2017

Sales Rank: 538858

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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Love of Country: A Journey through the Hebrides

by Madeleine Bunting

Marginal Revolution post: Claims about British geography by Tyler Cowen on April 10th, 2017

Sales Rank: 522162

Few landscapes are as striking as that of the Hebrides, the hundreds of small islands that speckle the waters off Scotland’s northwest coast. The jagged, rocky cliffs and roiling waves serve as a reminder of the islands’ dramatic geological histor... ...Read More

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The Accountability State: US Federal Inspectors General and the Pursuit of Democratic Integrity (Studies in Government and Public Policy)

by Nadia Hilliard

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-03-03

Sales Rank: 245197

Public accountability is critical to a democracy. But as government becomes ever more complex, with bureaucracy growing ever deeper and wider, how can these multiplying numbers of unelected bureaucrats be held accountable? The answer, more often t... ...Read More

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Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind

by Kevin N. Laland

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 11th, 2017

Sales Rank: 31894

How culture transformed human evolutionHumans possess an extraordinary capacity for cultural production, from the arts and language to science and technology. How did the human mind--and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture--e... ...Read More

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Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform

by John Pfaff

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-02-07

Sales Rank: 4583

"Pfaff, let there be no doubt, is a reformer...Nonetheless, he believes that the standard story--popularized in particular by Michelle Alexander, in her influential book, The New Jim Crow--is false. We are desperately in need of reform, he insists... ...Read More

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Burn Out: The Endgame for Fossil Fuels

by Dieter Helm

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 11th, 2017

Sales Rank: 43236

An energy revolution is under way with far-reaching consequences for nations, companies, and the way we address climate change Low oil prices are sending shockwaves through the global economy, and longtime industry observer Dieter Helm explains ho... ...Read More

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Montaigne: A Life

by Philippe Desan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 11th, 2017

Sales Rank: 584905

One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it, as he suggests in his Essays, by retreati... ...Read More

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Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Marginal Revolution post: *Everybody Lies* by Tyler Cowen on April 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-09

Sales Rank: 274

Foreword by Steven Pinker, author of Thr Better Angels of our Nature Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amo... ...Read More

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Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex: Understanding Homosexuality,Transgender Identity,and Intersex Conditions Through Hinduism

by Amara Das Wilhelm

Marginal Revolution post: The Hijra of India by Alex Tabarrok on April 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2008-10-20

Sales Rank: 197716

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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

by William Dalrymple

Marginal Revolution post: The Hijra of India by Alex Tabarrok on April 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2003-03-25

Sales Rank: 181036

 Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curio... ...Read More

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Economic History of India, 1857-1947

by Tirthankar Roy

Marginal Revolution post: How bad was British colonialism for India? by Tyler Cowen on April 13th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1329932

This book presents a comprehensive account of the structural changes in India's economy initiated by colonial rule and globalization. It provides an understanding of the country's political and economic transition as it evolved into a stable democ... ...Read More

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Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

by Garry Kasparov

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Garry Kasparov? by Tyler Cowen on April 13th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-02

Sales Rank: 9476

Garry Kasparov's 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at thi... ...Read More

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In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India

by Edward Luce

Marginal Revolution post: The Relevance of BR Ambedkar in Modern India by Alex Tabarrok on April 14th, 2017

Release Date: 2010-11-24

Sales Rank: 373166

As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social a... ...Read More

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Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

by Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

Marginal Revolution post: *Machine Platform Crowd* by Tyler Cowen on April 15th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-06-27

Sales Rank: 29170

From the authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age, a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy.We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy ind... ...Read More

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Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture

by Jace Clayton

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Release Date: 2016-08-16

Sales Rank: 129844

In 2001 Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix and put it online to share with friends. Within weeks, Gold Teeth Thief became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to play a nightclub in Zagr... ...Read More

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Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essays

by Mary Gaitskill

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-04

Sales Rank: 13453

From one of the most singular presences in American fiction comes a searingly intelligent book of essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal. Whether she’s writing about date rape or political adultery or writers from John Updike t... ...Read More

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Was Revolution Inevitable?: Turning Points of the Russian Revolution

by Tony Brenton

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Sales Rank: 627371

Communism's rise and eventual fall in Eastern Europe is one of the great stories of the 20th century. Within this context, the Russian Revolution's role and legacy overshadows all else. In Was Revolution Inevitable?, former British Ambassador to R... ...Read More

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Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest

by Mark A. Zupan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Sales Rank: 194331

National decline is typically blamed on special interests from the demand side of politics corrupting a country's institutions. The usual demand-side suspects include crony capitalists, consumer activists, economic elites, and labor unions. Less a... ...Read More

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Doodling for Academics: A Coloring and Activity Book (Chicago Guides to Academic Life)

by Julie Schumacher

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Sales Rank: 13932

To an outsider, working as a university professor might seem like a dream: summers off, a few hours of class each week, an exchange of ideas with brilliant colleagues, books and late afternoon lattes. . . . Who wouldn’t envy that life?   But those... ...Read More

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The Power of Economists within the State

by Johan Christensen

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Sales Rank: 696636

The spread of market-oriented reforms has been one of the major political and economic trends of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Governments have, to varying degrees, adopted policies that have led to deregulation: the liberal... ...Read More

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The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

by Michael Breen

Marginal Revolution post: *The New Koreans* by Tyler Cowen on April 16th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-04

Sales Rank: 60453

Just a few decades ago, the South Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation they moved from the fields to Silicon Valley. They accomplished this through three totally unexpected miracles: economic development, democratiz... ...Read More

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The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

by Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson

Marginal Revolution post: Friday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on April 21st, 2017

Sales Rank: 516188

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested sch... ...Read More

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The Color of Fascism: Lawrence Dennis, Racial Passing, and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism in the United States

by Gerald Horne

Marginal Revolution post: *The Dynamics of War and Revolution*, by Lawrence Dennis by Tyler Cowen on April 24th, 2017

Release Date: 2009-09-01

Sales Rank: 2004810

What does it mean that Lawrence Dennis—arguably the “brains” behind U.S. fascism—was born black but spent his entire adult life passing for white? Born in Atlanta in 1893, Dennis began life as a highly touted African American child preacher, touri... ...Read More

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The Dynamics Of War And Revolution

by Lawrence Dennis

Marginal Revolution post: *The Dynamics of War and Revolution*, by Lawrence Dennis by Tyler Cowen on April 24th, 2017

Release Date: 2015-11-06

Sales Rank: 170544

Lawrence Dennis presents his analysis of the political and economic situation that led to the Second World War. He introduces his theories on Dynamism and the decline of Capitalism throughout the world which he believes will be accelerated by worl... ...Read More

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We British: The Poetry of a People

by Andrew Marr

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 27th, 2017

Release Date: 2015-11-24

Sales Rank: 2417884

More than just an anthology, WE BRITISH is a history of Britain told through its poetry.Written by Britain’s most celebrated political commentator for World Poetry Day.This is the story of Britain told from inside. Hundreds of thousands of Britons... ...Read More

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Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age (Columbia History of Urban Life)

by Edward O'Donnell

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 27th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1281676

America's remarkable explosion of industrial output and national wealth at the end of the nineteenth century was matched by a troubling rise in poverty and worker unrest. As politicians and intellectuals fought over the causes of this crisis, Henr... ...Read More

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The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel

by Karan Mahajan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 27th, 2017

Release Date: 2016-10-18

Sales Rank: 11989

Winner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation AwardOne of Granta’s Best Young American NovelistsWinner of the Anisfield-Wolf AwardNational Book Award FinalistNYPL Young Lions Fiction Award FinalistOne of the New ... ...Read More

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The End of Eddy: A Novel

by Édouard Louis

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on April 27th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-02

Sales Rank: 1587

An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy.“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor villag... ...Read More

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Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy

by Richard E. Ocejo

Marginal Revolution post: *Masters of Craft* by Tyler Cowen on April 29th, 2017

Sales Rank: 28495

How educated and culturally savvy young people are transforming traditionally low-status manual labor jobs into elite taste-making occupationsIn today's new economy--in which "good" jobs are typically knowledge or technology based--many well-educa... ...Read More