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Frank Stein rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Panic of 1907 by Robert F. Bruner
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An interesting, readable, and informative narrative of the Panic of 1907, written right before our most recent financial panic.

The author here does not go in for grand theories or deep analysis, but appropriately presents the story as one in which a
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Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
" I would say it's very high. I knew a little bit about Soviet history and I still had a hard time following all the names and different stories. I thou ...more"
Frank Stein rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Young Stalin
by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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This book shares many similarities with Montefiore's earlier book, Court of the Red Tsar, which deals with Stalin's later life in power. This book too is gossipy, filled with private inneundo, sexual scuttlebutt, and violent family relationships. Des ...more
Frank Stein rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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It's hard to do much better than the Time magazine review of the book, "scholarship as a kind of savage gossip." This book eschews grand strategy and political ideology for personal squabbles and telling anecdotes. One could dispute the importance of ...more
Frank Stein rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham
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Not just for teachers or students, this book is a near perfect explanation of the contemporary consensus on learning, one that will change how you read, write, and think.

Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist and K-12 expert at the University of V
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Frank Stein rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Golden Age of the Quantity Theory by David Laidler
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Another amazing history of economic and monetary thought by David Laidler.

Even though I loved his other book, on the background to Keynesian theory, I was less interested in this work, which dealt with the history of the "quantity theory of money." A
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Frank Stein rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Panic in the Loop by Raymond B. Vickers
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This book is a masterpiece of dedicated research somewhat muddied by excessive detail and a confusing structure.

I will say that I doubt anyone can talk about the causes of the Great Depression, or the bank crises of 1932, without consulting this book
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Frank Stein rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The World in the Model by Mary S. Morgan
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I was at first pleasantly surprised that a philosophy book, a book on epistemology no less, could present such a sympathetic and even original look at how economists use models and math. While many liberal arts types are dismissive of the whole enter
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Frank Stein rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The New Deal Lawyers by Peter Irons
The New Deal Lawyers
by Peter Irons
read in November, 2014
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This book is a masterful look at how good or bad legal work can make or break a political program.

Irons focuses his book on dozens of lawyers who came to work for the new New Deal agencies. These lawyers, largely Catholic or Jewish, and young, were e
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Frank Stein rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Banking in Crisis by John D. Turner
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This book demonstrates a wonderful economy of thought and evidence, while making a strong case about why Britain's financial sector suffered such a devastating collapse in recent years. Somehow, in just over 200 pages, the author manages to cover 200
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