David Dayen, “Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story” (Strong Arm Press, 2018)
How did a Wall Street executive and “foreclosure king” like Steve Mnuchin become the Treasury Secretary for a populist like Donald Trump, and what is he doing to the country now that he’s there? David Dayen and Rebecca Burns tackle those questions in their book Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin... Read More
Kathleen Day, “Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street” (Yale UP, 2019)
Think that today’s debates about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank, financial regulation, “too big to fail”, etc. are new?  Think again. Who should control banks, who should regulate banks, what should banks even do–these questions have been debated since the founding of the Republic.  Replace CNBC’s David Faber... Read More
Andrea Micocci and Flavia Di Mario, “The Fascist Nature of Neoliberalism” (Routledge, 2017)
Today I spoke with Flavia di Mario, a young scholar of political economy and industrial relations. She coauthored a very provocative book with Andrea Micocci, The Fascist Nature of Neoliberalism (Routledge, 2017). Flavia is doctoral student at London Middlesex University, Andrea Micocci was professor of Economics at Link University, Rome,... Read More
Hassan Malik, “Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution” (Princeton UP, 2018)
Lumbering late Tsarist Russia and international finance? Is there anything there?  The Bolsheviks and finance? How can there be anything there?   It turns out that the answer to both questions is yes.  In Dr. Hassan Malik‘s meticulously researched new book, Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution (Princeton University... Read More
Anne Reinhardt, “Navigating Semi-Colonialism: Shipping, Sovereignty, and Nation-Building in China, 1860–1937” (Harvard U Asia Center, 2018)
At at time when trade between China and the outside world is rarely out of the news, it remains important to remember that in centuries past global commerce moved in directions very different from those which dominate the present. This was especially evident during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when... Read More