New Books Network

Charlene Li, “The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail” (IdeaPress, 2019)
What does it take for a company’s culture to enable ongoing growth? Today I talked to Charlene Li, author of The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail (IdeaPress, 2019). Li is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership, and is also... Read More
Zachary Carter, “Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes” (Random House, 2020)
Keynes was not only an economist but the preeminent anti-authoritarian thinker of the 20th century, one who devoted his life to the belief that art and ideas could conquer war and deprivation. As a moral philosopher, political theorist, and statesman, Keynes led an extraordinary life that took him from intimate... Read More
Pavlina Tcherneva, “The Case for a Job Guarantee” (Polity, 2020)
One of the most enduring ideas in economics is that unemployment is both unavoidable and necessary for the smooth functioning of the economy. This assumption has provided cover for the devastating social and economic costs of job insecurity. It is also false. In this The Case for a Job Guarantee... Read More
E. Lonergan and M. Blyth, “Angrynomics” (Agenda/Columbia UP, 2020)
How are we going to address inequality and put the economy on a sounder footing? Today I talked to Eric Lonergan and Mark Blyth about their new book Angrynomics (Agenda Publishing/Columbia University Press, 2020). Lonergan is an economist and macro fund manager in London whose writings often appear in The Financial... Read More
Marcia Chatelain, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” (Liveright, 2020)
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) by Marcia Chatelain is a fascinating examination of the relationship between the fast-food industry, Black business owners, and the communities where they set up franchises after the Holy Week Uprisings of 1968. Using McDonalds as a “prism” to study the expansion... Read More
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 2: Value Theory
In this episode (# 2), we discuss Eisler’s early years as a member of the Jewish bourgeoisie in turn-of-the-century Vienna with historian Steven Beller. We also hear from the closest living relative of Robert Eisler, his grand-nephew Richard Regen. Philosopher Tom Hurka provides some background for understanding the arguments Eisler... Read More
Alberto Harambour, “Soberanías fronterizas: Estados y capital en la colonización de Patagonia” (EUAC, 2019)
Alberto Harambour’s new book Soberanías Fronterizas. Estados y capital en la colonización de Patagonia (Argentina y Chile, 1840s-1920s) (Universidad Austral de Chile, 2019) examines the explosion of foreign-owned sheep farming, the fitful expansion of Argentine and Chilean sovereignty, and the violence of primitive accumulation and genocide in southern Patagonia and... Read More
Phil Harvey, “Welfare For The Rich” (Post Hill Press, 2020)
In today’s ultra-polarized and highly partisan political environment, Welfare for the Rich: How Your Tax Dollars End Up in Millionaires’ Pockets―And What You Can Do About It (Post Hill Press, 2020) is one of the rare books written to appeal to engaged and open-minded citizens from across the political spectrum.... Read More
B. J. Pine II and J. H. Gilmore, “The Experience Economy: Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money” (HBR Press, 2020)
How is the retail sector going to be best able to survive the Amazon juggernaut? I address this question with B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore in a discussion of their book The Experience Economy: Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money (Harvard Business Review Press, 2020). Pine... Read More