New Books Network

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
Casey Lurtz, “From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2019), Casey Lurtz explains how the fertile yet isolated region of the Soconusco became integrated into global markets in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries. Located in what is today the state of Chiapas,... Read More
Christy Clark-Pujara, “Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island” (NYU Press, 2016)
In Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (NYU Press, 2016; paperback, 2018), Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells the story of one state whose role was outsized: Rhode Island. Like their northern neighbors, Rhode Islanders bought and sold slaves... Read More
Vicki Howard, “From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2015)
This week we take a break from fun and games to talk about business and consumerism–which, to be sure, is for some people also fun and games. As Vicki Howard reminds us in her new book, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store (University of Pennsylvania... Read More