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The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes
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This is an odd and perplexing book, occasionally brilliant, more often dull, rarely without merit. It's partially John Maynard Keynes's cri de coeur about the ravished state of Europe after the First World War, and even more at the negotiations at Pa ...more
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A Tract on Monetary Reform by John Maynard Keynes
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For a seminal work from a radical economist, this book can seem surprisingly conservative. Basically, "The Tract on Monetary Reform" (1923) is Keynes's argument for a managed currency, one where the central bank controls the money supply in order to ...more
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One Minute to Midnight by Michael  Dobbs
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This is a kaleidoscopic view of humanity's most dangerous thirteen days, tracking everyone from the President of the United States and the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party to the U-2 pilots and submarine captains who fought out this al
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The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes
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It's hard to think of another foundational text, especially in a field with as much pretense to objectivity as economics, that is so personal and so suffused with the author's own feelings and state of mind. Of course the book is systematic in a way, ...more
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Circle of Treason by Sandra Grimes
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This is a difficult, often tedious read, but it still gives the reader an unparalleled insider perspective on the CIA, and allows one to understand all the tedium and triumph that comes in hunting America's greatest counterintelligence mole.

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Saving the City by Richard Roberts
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A worthy and worthwhile compliment of sorts to William Silber's "When Washington Shut Down Wall Street," this time about the British government's reaction to the panic of 1914 caused by the start of the Great War. There's little doubt, though, that t
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Banking Policy and the Price Level by Dennis Holme Robertson
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Obviously this book, written in 1926 by a Cambridge Economist, is of more personal than general interest, but it provides some real important insights into inter-war thinking on monetary policy and the trade cycle. (Pretty wonkish analysis follows.)

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Iron Curtain  by Anne Applebaum
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This book seeks to answer one important question: how does a society become totalitarian? Right after World War II, a number of church, civil society, and business groups blossomed in Eastern Europe, all largely independent from the state, but by the ...more
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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"
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