New Books Network

Joshua Gans, “Economics in the Age of COVID-19” (MIT Press, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a firehose of information (much of it wrong) and an avalanche of opinions (many of them ill-founded). Most of us are so distracted by the everyday awfulness that we don’t see the broader issues in play. In this “hastily written” guide to the pandemic economy... Read More
Tyler Cowen, “Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero” (St. Martins, 2019)
You mean big business is good, contributes to our general welfare, and is not generally guilty–with notable exceptions–of all of the charges made against it?  That’s the argument libertarian economist Tyler Cowen makes in his book Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero (St. Martins, 2019) Most NBN listeners... Read More
Simon Bowmaker, “When the President Calls: Conversations with Economic Policymakers” (MIT Press, 2019)
I spoke with Dr Simon Bowmaker, Professor of Economics at New York University, Stern School of Business. He has recently published When the President Calls: Conversations with Economic Policymakers (MIT Press, 2019). His book is a very original and timely contribution on the relationship between US presidents and their economic advisers.... Read More
Paasha Mahdavi, “Power Grab: Political Survival through Extractive Resource Mobilization” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Why did Muammar Qaddafi and Hugo Chavez nationalize the oil industries in Libya and Venezuela? Machiavelli urged princes to attend to both acquiring and sustaining power. In Power Grab: Political Survival through Extractive Resource Mobilization (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Paasha Mahdavi argues that modern leaders nationalize extractive resources (such as... Read More
Howard Friedman, “Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life” (U California Press, 2020)
Howard Friedman‘s new book Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life (University of California Press, 2020) should be required reading for anyone sitting down to watch the evening news. The Covid-19 crisis is, unfortunately, a new broad-based instance in the valuation of human life. And I do mean value:... Read More
Yue Hou, “The Private Sector in Public Office: Selective Property Rights in China” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In China, roughly 60% of GDP and 80% of employment comes from the private sector – yet half of private entrepreneurs report that they faced expropriation of property by local governments. In her book, The Private Sector in Public Office: Selective Property Rights in China (Cambridge University PRess, 2020), Yue... Read More
Thomas Piketty, “Capital and Ideology” (Harvard UP, 2020)
It seems easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations – Fredric Jameson, The Seeds of Time Thomas Piketty, the French economist, was dubbed the modern Marx by... Read More
K. Aronoff, et al., “A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal” (Verso, 2019)
In early 2019, freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey proposed a bold new piece of legislation, now very well known as the Green New Deal. Intended as a means of combating climate change, it stunned a number of people due to its enormous ambition, including massive overhauls... Read More
Katharina Pistor, “The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality” (Princeton UP, 2019)
“Most lawyers, most actors, most soldiers and sailors, most athletes, most doctors, and most diplomats feel a certain solidarity in the face of outsiders, and, in spite of other differences, they share fragments of a common ethic in their working life, and a kind of moral complicity.” – Stuart Hampshire,... Read More