New Books Network

Nancy Lough and Andrea N. Geurin, “Routledge Handbook of the Business of Women’s Sport” (Routledge, 2019)
Shortly after the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup earlier this summer, a friend suggested to me that it signaled the long-awaited arrival of soccer as a mainstream sport in the U.S. I thought a second, remembering the commercials around the game and the way the television cameras shot the... Read More
Douglas Irwin, “Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Scholars of US history have treated trade policy in less than enthusiastic ways. One economic historian described tariffs as “extraordinarily uninteresting things unless related to the political events which give them meaning.” While another historian said the tariff has caused “narcolepsy” among his colleagues. One piece of evidence of this... Read More
David Bahnsen, “The Case for Dividend Growth: Investing in a Post-Crisis World” (Post Hill Press, 2019)
Dividend investors are a small but dedicated band. Ten years into a stock market rally led by no or low-dividend paying companies, they still argue in favor of long-term business ownership rather than betting on near-term prices in the market. They still view a dividend as, in the words of... Read More
Margaret O’Mara, “The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America” (Penguin Press, 2019)
Seventy years ago, there was no Apple Campus or Googleplex. Silicon Valley itself didn’t even exist! The region was filled with sleepy towns, prune trees, and orange groves. Since then, the cluster of computer-related companies based in Silicon Valley has shifted the gravity of the United States, providing a Pacific... Read More
Philip Grant, “Chains of Finance: How Investment Management is Shaped” (Oxford UP, 2017)
The authors of Chains of Finance: How Investment Management is Shaped (Oxford University Press, 2017) make points that professionals already know and that end-investors ought to know: that there are a lot of cooks in the investment kitchen, and that the investment process is materially shaped by the chain of... Read More
Michael Zakim, “Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
The clerk attended his desk and counter at the intersection of two great themes of modern historical experience: the development of a market economy and of a society governed from below. Who better illustrates the daily practice and production of this modernity than someone of no particular account assigned with... Read More
John Quiggin, “Economics in Two Lessons: Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Trying to follow the key macroeconomic debates that are swirling around DC, CNBC, the WSJ and the NYT? If you are but don’t want to go back to graduate school or re-open your college macroeconomics textbook, John Quiggin has a solution. His Economics in Two Lessons: Why Markets Work So... Read More