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A Great Leap Forward by Alexander J. Field
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Despite the title, this books aims to be a comprehensive re-examination of 20th century economic growth in America. This re-examination, however, is centered around the well-supported but odd fact that Total Factor Productivity (TFP - productivity th ...more
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The Financial Revolution 1660 - 1750 by Henry Roseveare
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An amazingly succinct and fascinating tour of the forgotten half of the "Industrial Revolution." While industry in this period surged ahead due to weaving machines and coal boilers, finance was reinvented when the government began maintaining and tra ...more
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Capital Ideas by Peter L. Bernstein
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The ideas in Capital Ideas have been covered elsewhere, but probably never as well. Peter Bernstein looked into every old academic journal and interviewed every old economist to help him understand how new ideas about efficient markets and financial ...more
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Engineering the Financial Crisis by Jeffrey Friedman
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One of the more original books on the financial crisis of 2008, with a striking thesis backed-up by solid numbers.

The main argument of the book is that it was changing capital adequacy requirements (CARs) by bank regulators which lead to an explosion
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What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer
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For the foreseeable future, this book will remain the best depiction of the brutal process of becoming the President of the United States. Its author, Richard Ben Cramer, not only tries to convey the sheer insanity of the struggle, with all its intri ...more
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Understanding Global Trade by Elhanan Helpman
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Despite claiming to provide a quick, non-mathematical introduction to contemporary trade theory, there’s a lot of material left broached and unexplained in this book. Nonetheless, it still provides a series of quick and scintillating insights into co ...more
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The Midas Paradox by Scott Sumner
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This may be one of the most important books on the Great Depression ever written. Previous books on the Depression have been essential to the growth of economic theory, from John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory, to Milton Friedman’s Monetary History ...more
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Milton Friedman's Monetary Framework by Robert J. Gordon
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Despite the success of Milton Friedman’s and Anna Schwartz’s highly empirical A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, many economists criticized Friedman for failing to articulate a clear, mathematical theory of how he thought money actua ...more
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Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality by Edward O'Donnell
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This book is at its best when it tries to be a nuanced look at the life of Henry George, the famous self-taught economist whose 1879 book Progress and Poverty redefined economic reform across the Western world. Unfortunately, however, almost half the ...more
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MIT and the Transformation of American Economics by E. Roy Weintraub
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Today, the MIT economics department bestrides the profession like a Colossus. As one article in this fine collection points out, thirteen MIT economists have garnered Nobel prizes, while only four of the past seventeen John Bates Clark medalists (for ...more
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