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In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India

by Edward Luce

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Ed Luce? by Tyler Cowen on June 3rd, 2017

Release Date: 2008-03-11

Sales Rank: 65526

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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The Retreat of Western Liberalism

by Edward Luce

Marginal Revolution post: What should I ask Ed Luce? by Tyler Cowen on June 3rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 15319

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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 I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 6th, 2017

Sales Rank: 11729

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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The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

by Mihir Desai

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

Release Date: 2017-05-23

Sales Rank: 13104

"A fascinating new perspective on modern finance," --Oliver Hart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Economics"Lucid, witty and delightfully erudite...From the French revolution to film noir, from the history of probability to Jane Austen and The Simpsons, th... ...Read More

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Our Lady of the Assassins

by Fernando Vallejo

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

Sales Rank: 1101591

"A point in case is his Our Lady of the Assassins, based on the autobiographical novel of one of Colombia's best writers, Fernando Vallejo, whose work has yet to be translated into English and published in the United States. One of the most import... ...Read More

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La verdad de Agamenón (Spanish Edition)

by Javier Cercas

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

Release Date: 2013-04-04

Sales Rank: 1776799

Un libro híbrido de relatos, pasiones y recuerdos autobiográficos. A la escritura de Javier Cercas se la reconoce por un estilo y una voz inconfundibles, pero también por la mezcla inextricable de géneros que conviven en ella y por la naturalidad ... ...Read More

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Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution

by Jonathan Abrams

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

Release Date: 2017-03-14

Sales Rank: 40712

The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.   When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be a... ...Read More

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Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

by Susan Southard

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

Release Date: 2016-08-02

Sales Rank: 255779

“[A] reminder of just how horrible nuclear weapons are.”—The Wall Street Journal“A devastating read that highlights man’s capacity to wreak destruction, but in which one also catches a glimpse of all that is best about people.”—San Francisco Chron... ...Read More

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The Coming of the Golden Age: A View of the End of Progress,

by Gunther Siegmund, Stent

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

Sales Rank: 1933491

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Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities

by Gary Saul Morson, Morton Schapiro

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

Sales Rank: 33828

A provocative and inspiring case for a more humanistic economicsEconomists often act as if their methods explain all human behavior. But in Cents and Sensibility, an eminent literary critic and a leading economist make the case that the humanities... ...Read More

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Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It

by Richard V. Reeves

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

Sales Rank: 22440

America is becoming a class-based society.It is now conventional wisdom to focus on the wealth of the top 1 percent—especially the top 0.01 percent—and how the ultra-rich are concentrating income and prosperity while incomes for most other America... ...Read More

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Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State

by David Roberts

Marginal Revolution post: Wednesday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on June 7th, 2017

Sales Rank: 483628

Rarely has a state changed its character so completely in so short a period of time. Previously content to play a role befitting its small size, Qatar was a traditional, risk-averse Gulf monarchy until the early 1990s.A bloodless coup in 1995 brou... ...Read More

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Qatar: A Modern History

by Allen J. Fromherz

Marginal Revolution post: Wednesday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on June 7th, 2017

Sales Rank: 558407

What role does Qatar play in the Middle East, and how does it differ from the other Gulf states? How has the ruling Al-Thani family shaped Qatar from a traditional tribal society and British protectorate to a modern state? How has Qatar become an ... ...Read More

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Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

by Paul Hawken, Tom Steyer

Marginal Revolution post: The one hundred best solutions to global warming? by Tyler Cowen on June 10th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-18

Sales Rank: 4008

• New York Times bestseller •The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a c... ...Read More

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Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State

by David Roberts

Marginal Revolution post: Facts about Qatar by Tyler Cowen on June 11th, 2017

Sales Rank: 483628

Rarely has a state changed its character so completely in so short a period of time. Previously content to play a role befitting its small size, Qatar was a traditional, risk-averse Gulf monarchy until the early 1990s.A bloodless coup in 1995 brou... ...Read More

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Bartleby y compañía / Bartleby and Company (Spanish Edition)

by Enrique Vila-Matas

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

Sales Rank: 807357

Rare book

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Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire

by Peter H. Wilson

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

Sales Rank: 35438

The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire distilled the disdain of generations when he quipped it was neither holy, Roman, nor an e... ...Read More

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The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History

by Ken Gormley

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

Release Date: 2016-05-10

Sales Rank: 71854

In this sweepingly ambitious volume, the nation’s foremost experts on the American presidency and the U.S. Constitution join together to tell the intertwined stories of how each American president has confronted and shaped the Constitution. Each o... ...Read More

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Reservoir 13: A Novel

by Jon McGregor

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

Sales Rank: 7197

"The word “collage” implies something static and finally fixed, but the beauty of “Reservoir 13” is in fact rhythmic, musical, ceaselessly contrapuntal . . . A remarkable achievement [and a] subtle unravelling of what we think of as the convention... ...Read More

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The Russian Revolution: A New History

by Sean McMeekin

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

Release Date: 2017-05-30

Sales Rank: 44327

The definitive, single-volume history of the Russian Revolution, from an award-winning scholarIn The Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin traces the events which ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduce... ...Read More

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The Economic Theory of Agrarian Institutions

by Pranab Bardhan

Marginal Revolution post: Which books have shaped the thinking of Marc F. Bellemare? by Tyler Cowen on June 19th, 2017

Sales Rank: 4251021

These specially commissioned essays apply new analytical methods to study the origins, maintenance, and adaptation of agrarian institutions in a variety of regions and cultures. The contributors, including J.E. Stiglitz, T.N. Srinivasan, Clive Bel... ...Read More

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Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

by Lenora Chu

Marginal Revolution post: *Little Soldiers* by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-09-19

Sales Rank: 32171

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice; Real Simple Best of the Month; Library Journal Editors’ PickIn the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Bringing up Bébé, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China’s w... ...Read More

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Who Gets What ― and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design

by Alvin E. Roth

Marginal Revolution post: The Return of the Jitney by Alex Tabarrok on June 20th, 2017

Release Date: 2015-06-02

Sales Rank: 428913

A Nobel laureate reveals the often surprising rules that govern a vast array of activities — both mundane and life-changing — in which money may play little or no role. If you’ve ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to college or guided you... ...Read More

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Eminent Domain: A Comparative Perspective

by Iljoong Kim, Hojun Lee, Ilya Somin

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-25

Sales Rank: 1834223

The taking of private property for development projects has caused controversy in many nations, where it has often been used to benefit powerful interests at the expense of the general public. This edited collection is the first to use a common fr... ...Read More

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Basic Income: A Guide for the Open-Minded

by Guy Standing

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2017

Sales Rank: 197430

Shouldn’t everyone receive a stake in society's wealth? Could we create a fairer world by guaranteeing income to all? What would this mean for our health, wealth, and happiness? Basic income is a revolutionary idea that guarantees regular, uncondi... ...Read More

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Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange

by Barak D. Richman

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2017

Sales Rank: 469791

In Stateless Commerce, Barak Richman uses the colorful case study of the diamond industry to explore how ethnic trading networks operate and why they persist in the twenty-first century. How, for example, does the 47th Street diamond district in m... ...Read More

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Money: Free and Unfree

by George Selgin

Marginal Revolution post: Arrived in my pile by Tyler Cowen on June 20th, 2017

Sales Rank: 320672

The United States has endured crippling financial crises, together with many other sorts of monetary disorder, throughout its history. Why? The popular answer has long been that U.S. banks have been under-regulated, that increased regulation and c... ...Read More

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

Marginal Revolution post: The new Charles C. Mann book, *The Wizard and the Prophet* by Tyler Cowen on June 22nd, 2017

Release Date: 2012-07-24

Sales Rank: 26322

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The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World

by Charles C. Mann

Marginal Revolution post: The new Charles C. Mann book, *The Wizard and the Prophet* by Tyler Cowen on June 22nd, 2017

Release Date: 2018-01-23

Sales Rank: 133232

From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, lay... ...Read More

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Regulation and Economic Growth: Applying Economic Theory to Public Policy

by James Broughel

Marginal Revolution post: *Regulation and Economic Growth* by Tyler Cowen on June 23rd, 2017

Sales Rank: 1020460

Government regulation is a double-edged sword. By restricting the inputs—capital, labor, technology, and more—that can be used in the production process, regulation shapes the economy and, by extension, living standards today and in the future. Ap... ...Read More

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Out of China: Chinese Nationalism and the West, from the First World War to the Return of Hong Kong

by Robert Bickers

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-05-23

Sales Rank: 4676282

The extraordinary and essential story of how China became the powerful country it is today. Even at the high noon of Europe's empires China managed to be one of the handful of countries not to succumb. Invaded, humiliated and looted, China nonethe... ...Read More

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The Executioner Weeps (Pushkin Vertigo)

by Frédéric Dard

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-04-18

Sales Rank: 1881045

On a quiet mountain road near Barcelona, a woman steps out in front of a car. When the driver, a well-known artist, stops to some to her aid, he finds she is alive, but without any memory of who she is or where she has come from. As he tries to he... ...Read More

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The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve

by Sarah Binder, Mark Spindel

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2017

Sales Rank: 375696

Born out of crisis a century ago, the Federal Reserve has become the most powerful macroeconomic policymaker and financial regulator in the world. The Myth of Independence traces the Fed’s transformation from a weak, secretive, and decentralized i... ...Read More

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Crime and Punishment: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2017

Release Date: 2015-07-14

Sales Rank: 202815

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The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology (The Essential Zizek)

by Slavoj Zizek

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on June 25th, 2017

Release Date: 2009-01-05

Sales Rank: 1086916

Slavoj Žižek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the “Elvis of cultural theory”, and today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and po... ...Read More

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Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America

by Cass R. Sunstein

Marginal Revolution post: *Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America* by Tyler Cowen on June 27th, 2017

Release Date: 2018-03-06

Sales Rank: 157475

With the election of Donald J. Trump, many people on both the left and right feared that America’s 240-year-old grand experiment in democracy was coming to an end, and that Sinclair Lewis’ satirical novel, It Can’t Happen Here, written during the ... ...Read More

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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

by Brian Merchant

Marginal Revolution post: *The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone* by Tyler Cowen on June 27th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-06-20

Sales Rank: 15887

The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.NATIONAL BESTSELLERShortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award "The One Device is a tour de force, with a fast-... ...Read More

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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

by Brian Merchant

Marginal Revolution post: My paean to the iPhone after ten years by Tyler Cowen on June 29th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-06-20

Sales Rank: 15887

The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.NATIONAL BESTSELLERShortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award "The One Device is a tour de force, with a fast-... ...Read More

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