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Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

by Rob Sheffield

Marginal Revolution post: *Dreaming the Beatles* by Tyler Cowen on May 2nd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-25

Sales Rank: 10801

Winner of the 2017 Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism“This is the best book about the Beatles ever written”  —Mashable Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining... ...Read More

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Ego Is the Enemy

by Ryan Holiday

Marginal Revolution post: Reviving productivity by Tyler Cowen on May 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2016-06-14

Sales Rank: 4123

The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history... ...Read More

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After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality

by Heather Boushey, J. Bradford DeLong, Marshall Steinbaum

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 48703

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the most widely discussed work of economics in recent history, selling millions of copies in dozens of languages. But are its analyses of inequality and economic growth on target? Where shoul... ...Read More

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Approaching Zion (The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol 9)

by Hugh Nibley

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 396413

Approaching Zion is LDS scholar and social critic Hugh Nibley's most popular book. More accessible than many of his scholarly works, it is replete with Nibley's trademark humor and startling insights into history, religion and life. Well known and... ...Read More

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This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organized Crime

by Stephen Ellis

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 587882

Nigeria and Nigerians have acquired a notorious reputation for involvement in drug-trafficking, fraud, cyber-crime and other types of serious crime. Successful Nigerian criminal networks have a global reach, interacting with their Italian, Latin A... ...Read More

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The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

by Duff McDonald

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-25

Sales Rank: 35195

A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm.With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulti... ...Read More

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The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution

by Michael J. Klarman

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 53250

Americans revere their Constitution. However, most of us are unaware how tumultuous and improbable the drafting and ratification processes were. As Benjamin Franklin keenly observed, any assembly of men bring with them "all their prejudices, their... ...Read More

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Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam

by Shahab Ahmed

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 929368

One of the most controversial episodes in the life of the Prophet Muhammad concerns an incident in which he allegedly mistook words suggested by Satan as divine revelation. Known as the Satanic verses, these praises to the pagan deities contradict... ...Read More

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The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses

by Richard A. Posner

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 446718

No sitting federal judge has ever written so trenchant a critique of the federal judiciary as Richard A. Posner does in this, his most confrontational book. Skewering the politicization of the Supreme Court, the mismanagement of judicial staff, th... ...Read More

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Letters from Iceland

by W.H. Auden

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 525320

This highly amusing and unorthodox travel book resulted from a light-hearted summer journey by the young poets Auden and MacNeice in 1936. Their letters home, in verse and prose, are full of private jokes and irreverent comments about people, poli... ...Read More

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The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

by Ben Sasse

Marginal Revolution post: Saturday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on May 6th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-16

Sales Rank: 4987

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn an era of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and an unprecedented election, the country's youth are in crisis. Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America's future.Raised by well-m... ...Read More

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Xtc: Chalkhills and Children

by Chris Twomey

Marginal Revolution post: My two favorite books about management, ever by Tyler Cowen on May 7th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1840060

The authorized account of the rise of the Swindon based trio XTC and the reasons behind their longevity and decision to abandon live appearances. Based on interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory, it tells of their trials an... ...Read More

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The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited: The Sequel

by Johnny Rogan

Marginal Revolution post: My two favorite books about management, ever by Tyler Cowen on May 7th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1327949

Book by Rogan, Johnny

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

by Richard Rothstein

Marginal Revolution post: *The Color of Law* by Tyler Cowen on May 8th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-02

Sales Rank: 1618

A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Books of 2017 Long-listed for the National Book Award "Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforce... ...Read More

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The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)

by James C. Scott

Marginal Revolution post: How long until another Industrial Revolution would have taken place? by Tyler Cowen on May 9th, 2017

Sales Rank: 59512

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them—slavery, c... ...Read More

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Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

by James C. Scott

Marginal Revolution post: How long until another Industrial Revolution would have taken place? by Tyler Cowen on May 9th, 2017

Sales Rank: 3707

An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock a... ...Read More

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Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

by Garry Kasparov

Marginal Revolution post: My Conversation with Garry Kasparov by Tyler Cowen on May 10th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-02

Sales Rank: 22057

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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Indiscrete Thoughts (Modern Birkhäuser Classics)

by Gian-Carlo Rota

Marginal Revolution post: *Indiscrete Thoughts* by Tyler Cowen on May 11th, 2017

Sales Rank: 895278

Indiscrete Thoughts gives a glimpse into a world that has seldom been described - that of science and technology as seen through the eyes of a mathematician. The era covered by this book, 1950 to 1990, was surely one of the golden ages of science ... ...Read More

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Robert M. Sapolsky

Marginal Revolution post: Robert Sapolsky’s *Behave* by Tyler Cowen on May 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-02

Sales Rank: 173

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read.” — David P. Barash, The Wall Street JournalFrom the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior,... ...Read More

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Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

by David Garrow

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-09

Sales Rank: 30108

New York Times BestsellerOne of the Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2017Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer P... ...Read More

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The Invisibility Cloak (New York Review Books Classics)

by Ge Fei

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Release Date: 2016-10-11

Sales Rank: 21323

An NYRB Classics Original The hero of The Invisibility Cloak lives in contemporary Beijing—where everyone is doing their best to hustle up the ladder of success while shouldering an ever-growing burden of consumer goods—and he’s a loser. Well into... ...Read More

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The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone

by Thomas Winslow Hazlett

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Sales Rank: 15986

From the former chief economist of the FCC, a remarkable history of the U.S. government’s regulation of the airwaves Popular legend has it that before the Federal Radio Commission was established in 1927, the radio spectrum was in chaos, with broa... ...Read More

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

by Eric Barker

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-16

Sales Rank: 6005

Wall Street Journal BestsellerMuch of the advice we’ve been told about achievement is logical, earnest…and downright wrong. In Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker reveals the extraordinary science behind what actually determines success and mos... ...Read More

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Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall

by William Vaughan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Sales Rank: 869148

Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) was one of the leading British landscape painters of the 19th century. Inspired by his mentor, the artist and poet William Blake, Palmer brought a new spiritual intensity to his interpretation of nature, producing works o... ...Read More

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World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

by Franklin Foer

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-09-12

Sales Rank: 4151

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Over the past few decades there has been a revol... ...Read More

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Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything

by Ulrich Boser

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-03-07

Sales Rank: 14869

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The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

by Ramiro Matos Mendieta, Jose Barreiro, David Penney, John Oschendorf

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 12th, 2017

Release Date: 2015-07-21

Sales Rank: 630734

This compelling collection of essays explores the Qhapaq nan (or Great Inca Road), an extensive network of trails reaching modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. These roads and the accompanying agricultural terraces an... ...Read More

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Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

by Ken Liu

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 15th, 2017

Release Date: 2016-11-01

Sales Rank: 21849

Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards (including Hao Jingfang’s Hugo-winning novella, Folding Beijing); some have been included in various 'Year's Be... ...Read More

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A New Literary History of Modern China

by David Der-wei Wang

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 15th, 2017

Sales Rank: 225561

Literature, from the Chinese perspective, makes manifest the cosmic patterns that shape and complete the world―a process of “worlding” that is much more than mere representation. In that spirit, A New Literary History of Modern China looks beyond ... ...Read More

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The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

by Richard O. Prum

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 15th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-09

Sales Rank: 620

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that ... ...Read More

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Unexpected Elegies: "Poems of 1912-13" and Other Poems About Emma

by Thomas Hardy

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 15th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1407076

Thomas Hardy’s famous sequence of love poems, published as a book for the first time. When Emma Hardy died in 1912, her husband, the great novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, began to write “Poems of 1912–13,” a series of elegies that are among the mo... ...Read More

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Collective Choice and Social Welfare: An Expanded Edition

by Amartya Sen

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 15th, 2017

Sales Rank: 562270

“Can the values which individual members of society attach to different alternatives be aggregated into values for society as a whole, in a way that is both fair and theoretically sound? Is the majority principle a workable rule for making decisio... ...Read More

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Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

by Robert Wright

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 15th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-08-08

Sales Rank: 729

New York Times Bestseller From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.Robert Wright famously explained in The Mor... ...Read More

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Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing

by Ben Blatt

Marginal Revolution post: Number of -ly adverbs per 10,000 words by Tyler Cowen on May 17th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-03-14

Sales Rank: 97060

What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces. “A lite... ...Read More

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Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing

by Ben Blatt

Marginal Revolution post: Most distinctive words: New York vs. Texan erotica by Tyler Cowen on May 19th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-03-14

Sales Rank: 97060

What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces. “A lite... ...Read More

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Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles

by Steven D. Gjerstad, Professor Vernon L. Smith

Marginal Revolution post: Home Owner’s Equity is Rising and Getting Closer to Peak by Alex Tabarrok on May 19th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1618583

Balance sheet crises, in which the prices of widely held and highly leveraged assets collapse, pose distinctive economic challenges. An understanding of their causes and consequences is only recently developing, and there is no agreement on effect... ...Read More

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The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

by Ben Sasse

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Ben Sasse? by Tyler Cowen on May 19th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-16

Sales Rank: 4987

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn an era of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and an unprecedented election, the country's youth are in crisis. Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America's future.Raised by well-m... ...Read More

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Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone Passionate about Art

by Doug Woodham

Marginal Revolution post: *Art Collecting Today* by Tyler Cowen on May 23rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-04

Sales Rank: 64825

Grounded in real-life stories, Art Collecting Today is the essential practical guide to today's art market. A lightly regulated industry with more than sixty billion dollars of annual sales, the art market is often opaque and confusing to even the... ...Read More

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Free To Choose Medicine: Better Drugs Sooner at Lower Cost

by Bartley J. Madden

Marginal Revolution post: Pharmaceutical Reciprocity for Canada by Alex Tabarrok on May 24th, 2017

Sales Rank: 257918

Free To Choose Medicine offers a compelling argument for the freedom of every patient, guided by the advice of his or her doctor, to make informed decisions about the use of not-yet-FDA-approved therapeutic drugs that are in late stages of clinica... ...Read More

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The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature

by William James

Marginal Revolution post: Why I don’t believe in God by Tyler Cowen on May 25th, 2017

Sales Rank: 525685

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Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

by Alexander Todorov

Marginal Revolution post: *Face Value* by Tyler Cowen on May 25th, 2017

Sales Rank: 319572

The scientific story of first impressions―and why the snap character judgments we make from faces are irresistible but usually incorrectWe make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second―and these snap judgments ... ...Read More

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The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America

by Rick Wartzman

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 26th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-30

Sales Rank: 101327

Having a good, stable job used to be the bedrock of the American Dream. Not anymore. In this richly detailed and eye-opening book, Rick Wartzman chronicles the erosion of the relationship between American companies and their workers. Through the s... ...Read More

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The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides

by Arnold Kling

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 26th, 2017

Sales Rank: 74513

When it was first released in 2013, Arnold Kling’s The Three Languages of Politics was a prescient exploration of political communication, detailing the “three tribal coalitions” that make up America’s political landscape. Progressives, conservati... ...Read More

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White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America

by Joan C. Williams

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 26th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-16

Sales Rank: 13523

An Amazon Best Business and Leadership book of 2017Around the world, populist movements are gaining traction among the white working class. Meanwhile, members of the professional elite―journalists, managers, and establishment politicians--are on t... ...Read More

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Beating the Odds: Jump-Starting Developing Countries

by Justin Yifu Lin, Célestin Monga

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 26th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1039176

How poor countries can ignite economic growth without waiting for global action or the creation of ideal local conditionsContrary to conventional wisdom, countries that ignite a process of rapid economic growth almost always do so while lacking wh... ...Read More

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Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine

by William Rosen

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 26th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-09

Sales Rank: 126181

The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma.As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and o... ...Read More

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The German Slump: Politics and Economics 1924-1936 by Harold James (1986-04-10)

by Harold James

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on May 26th, 2017

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India's Long Road: The Search for Prosperity

by Vijay Joshi

Marginal Revolution post: India Fact of the Day by Alex Tabarrok on May 27th, 2017

Sales Rank: 47950

India's economic resurgence has been the subject of many extravagant predictions and hopes. In this powerful and wide-ranging book, distinguished economist Vijay Joshi lays out a penetrating analysis of the shaky foundations of the country's perfo... ...Read More

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Proust and His Banker: In Search of Time Squandered

by Gian Balsamo

Marginal Revolution post: Proust as speculator by Tyler Cowen on May 29th, 2017

Sales Rank: 1206782

What Marcel Proust wanted from life most of all was unconditional requited love, and the way he went after it--smothering the objects of his affection with gifts--cost him a fortune. To pay for such extravagance, he engaged in daring speculations ... ...Read More

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