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The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

by George Prochnik

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austrian, part I writers by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2017

Release Date: 2015-08-25

Sales Rank: 277741

**Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Biography**Now in paperback, the biography of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, the inspiration behind The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s award-winning film By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the... ...Read More

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The Sleepwalkers

by Hermann Broch

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austrian, part I writers by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2017

Release Date: 1996-01-30

Sales Rank: 108008

"Broch performs with an impeccable virtuosity." --Aldous HuxleyWith his epic trilogy, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature, a visionary writer-philosopher equivalent of James Joyce, Thomas Mann, or ... ...Read More

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The Loser: A Novel

by Thomas Bernhard

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austrian, part I writers by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2017

Release Date: 2006-10-17

Sales Rank: 312599

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Death of Virgil

by Hermann Broch

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austrian, part I writers by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2017

Release Date: 1995-01-15

Sales Rank: 453460

It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar's enchanter, has been summoned to the palace, where he will shortly die. Out of the last hours of Virgil's life and the final stirrings of his c... ...Read More

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The World of Yesterday

by Stefan Zweig

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austrian, part I writers by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2017

Sales Rank: 22224

By the author who inspired Wes Anderson’s film, The Grand Budapest Hotel Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of literary Vienna—its seeming permanence, its ... ...Read More

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The Radetzky March (Works of Joseph Roth)

by Joseph Roth

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austrian, part I writers by Tyler Cowen on August 2nd, 2017

Release Date: 2002-08-01

Sales Rank: 60010

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Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power

by Howard W. French

Marginal Revolution post: Was the Grand Canal a substitute for Chinese ocean exploration? by Tyler Cowen on August 4th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-03-14

Sales Rank: 61512

From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy. For many years af... ...Read More

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The Making of the President 1968 (Landmark Political)

by Theodore H. White

Marginal Revolution post: The George Romney campaign by Tyler Cowen on August 4th, 2017

Release Date: 2010-10-05

Sales Rank: 428874

“White unites a novelist's knack of dramatization and a historian's sense of significance with a synthesizing skill that grasps the reader by the lapels.” —NewsweekThe third book in Theodore H. White's landmark series, The Making of the President ... ...Read More

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Der Zauberberg (German Edition)

by Thomas Mann

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

Sales Rank: 493761

In der Kürze liegt die Würze. Shakespeare: Hamlet Die Einteilung des großen Romans von 1924, dem Thomas Mann sieben Kapitel gegeben hat, habe ich natürlich unangetastet gelassen. Allerdings, der besseren Übersicht halber, habe ich eine innere Unte... ...Read More

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The foundations of social order ;: Studies in the creeds and councils of the early church

by Rousas John Rushdoony

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

Sales Rank: 1323742

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Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

by Mark Bowden

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

Release Date: 2017-06-06

Sales Rank: 2651

“An extraordinary feat of journalism . . . full of emotion and color.”―Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of t... ...Read More

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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

by Stephen R. Platt

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

Release Date: 2012-12-11

Sales Rank: 168683

Winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize in HistoryA gripping account of China’s nineteenth-century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re-creations of m... ...Read More

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The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

by Colson Whitehead

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

Release Date: 2016-08-02

Sales Rank: 840

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South C... ...Read More

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The romantic enlightenment

by Geoffrey Clive

Marginal Revolution post: My favorite things Austria — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Tyler Cowen on August 7th, 2017

Sales Rank: 5907098

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For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor (Radical Thinkers)

by Slavoj Zizek

Marginal Revolution post: *For They Know Not What They Do* by Tyler Cowen on August 11th, 2017

Release Date: 2008-01-17

Sales Rank: 1219111

Psychoanalysis is less merciful than Christianity. Where God the Father forgives our ignorance, psychoanalysis holds out no such hope. Ignorance is not a sufficient ground for forgiveness since it masks enjoyment; an enjoyment which erupts in thos... ...Read More

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The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence

by Michael D. Barr

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2017

Sales Rank: 2404843

Michael Barr explores the complex and covert networks of power at work in one of the world's most prosperous countries – the city-state of Singapore. He argues that the contemporary networks of power are a deliberate project initiated and managed ... ...Read More

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Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique

by Daphne Hampson

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2017

Release Date: 2014-12-10

Sales Rank: 1408003

Kierkegaard is a fascinating author. Living shortly after the dawn of modernity in the Enlightenment, he restates classical Christianity in dynamic fashion. His Lutheran heritage is vital here as he places 'faith' over against 'reason'. Yet Kierke... ...Read More

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Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 2: The Lives of Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Kevin Kelley, Gram Parsons, Clarence White and Skip Battin

by Johnny Rogan

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2017

Sales Rank: 69323

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World Restored Europe After Napoleon

by Henry A Kissinger

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2017

Sales Rank: 4188304

The Politics of Conservatism in a Revolutionary Age.

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Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality

by Jack Schneider

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2017

Sales Rank: 89715

When it comes to sizing up America’s public schools, test scores are the go-to metric of state policy makers and anxious parents looking to place their children in the “best” schools. Yet ample research indicates that standardized tests are a poor... ...Read More

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Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System

by David Osborne

Marginal Revolution post: What I’ve been reading by Tyler Cowen on August 14th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-09-05

Sales Rank: 117849

From David Osborne, the author of Reinventing Government--a biting analysis of the failure of America's public schools and a comprehensive plan for revitalizing American education.In Reinventing America's Schools, David Osborne, one of the world's... ...Read More

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Till Time's Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England 1694-2013

by David Kynaston

Marginal Revolution post: Thursday assorted links by Tyler Cowen on August 17th, 2017

Release Date: 2017-09-07

Sales Rank: 484290

The authorised history of the Bank of England by the bestselling David Kynaston, 'the most entertaining historian alive' (Spectator).'Not an ordinary bank, but a great engine of state,' Adam Smith declared of the Bank of England as long ago as 177... ...Read More

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Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence

by Rachel Sherman

Marginal Revolution post: *Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Influence* by Tyler Cowen on August 18th, 2017

Sales Rank: 106848

A surprising and revealing look at how today's elite view their own wealth and place in societyFrom TV’s “real housewives” to The Wolf of Wall Street, our popular culture portrays the wealthy as materialistic and entitled. But what do we really kn... ...Read More

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Ideology and the Evolution of Vital Institutions: Guilds, The Gold Standard, and Modern International Cooperation

by Earl A. Thompson, Charles R. Hickson

Marginal Revolution post: A web site in honor of UCLA economist Earl Thompson by Tyler Cowen on August 20th, 2017

Sales Rank: 4375943

In this book, Thompson and Hickson strongly challenge the standard interpretation of the basis of growth and viability of dominant wealthy nations. Briefly, efforts of the economically wealthy and the government leaders to increase their wealth an... ...Read More

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Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy

by Tim Harford

Marginal Revolution post: Tim Harford’s *Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy* by Tyler Cowen on August 23rd, 2017

Release Date: 2017-08-29

Sales Rank: 6416

A lively history seen through the fifty inventions that shaped it most profoundly, by the bestselling author of The Undercover Economist and Messy.   Who thought up paper money? What was the secret element that made the Gutenberg printing press po... ...Read More

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Technology and the End of Authority: What Is Government For?

by Jason Kuznicki

Marginal Revolution post: The conservation of coercion? by Tyler Cowen on August 24th, 2017

Sales Rank: 2964410

This book provides a critical survey of Western political philosophy from a classical liberal perspective, paying particular attention to knowledge problems and the problem of political authority. Its central argument is that the state is a tool f... ...Read More

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A New Deal for China’s Workers?

by Cynthia Estlund

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

Sales Rank: 1414735

China’s labor landscape is changing, and it is transforming the global economy in ways that we cannot afford to ignore. Once-silent workers have found their voice, organizing momentous protests, such as the 2010 Honda strikes, and demanding a bett... ...Read More

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The Economics of American Art: Issues, Artists and Market Institutions

by Robert B. Ekelund Jr., John D. Jackson, Robert D. Tollison

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

Sales Rank: 2021191

The rapidly changing and evolving art market might appear to be chaotic to the casual observer, with new highs, potential lows, and tastes and fashions changing season to season. Economists, however, view the actions of buyers and sellers as const... ...Read More

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A History of Australasian Economic Thought (The Routledge History of Economic Thought)

by Alex Millmow

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

Sales Rank: 8239973

This overview of Australasian economic thought presents the first analysis of the Australian economic contribution for 25 years, and is the first to offer a panoramic sweeping account of New Zealand economic thought. Those two countries, both at t... ...Read More

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Autumn

by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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

Release Date: 2017-08-22

Sales Rank: 12845

The New York Times bestseller."This book is full of wonders...Loose teeth, chewing gum, it all becomes noble, almost holy, under Knausgaard’s patient, admiring gaze. The world feels repainted.” —The New York TimesFrom the author of the monumental ... ...Read More

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Economics for the Common Good

by Jean Tirole

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

Sales Rank: 6258

From Nobel Prize–winning economist Jean Tirole, a bold new agenda for the role of economics in societyWhen Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics, he suddenly found himself being stopped in the street by complete strangers and asked to ... ...Read More

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American Misfits and the Making of Middle-Class Respectability

by Robert Wuthnow

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

Sales Rank: 1232764

How American respectability has been built by maligning those who don't make the gradeHow did Americans come to think of themselves as respectable members of the middle class? Was it just by earning a decent living? Or did it require something mor... ...Read More

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The Red-Haired Woman: A novel

by Orhan Pamuk

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

Release Date: 2017-08-22

Sales Rank: 26541

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red, a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them. On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentic... ...Read More

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Beowulf

by Stephen Mitchell

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

Sales Rank: 85337

A widely celebrated translator’s vivid, accessible, and elegantly concise rendering of an ancient English masterpieceBeowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures—a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel’... ...Read More

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The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

by Thomas W. Laqueur

Marginal Revolution post: That was then, this is now — churchyard burial edition by Tyler Cowen on August 26th, 2017

Sales Rank: 369882

The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead, acclaimed cultural historian Thomas L... ...Read More

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