New Books Network

Olli Rehn, “Walking the Highwire: Rebalancing the European Economy in Crisis” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
Walking the Highwire: Rebalancing the European Economy in Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) tells the story of the Eurozone’s crisis from the perspective of an insider who now sits on the European Central Bank’s governing council. Part-policy proposal, part-autobiography, and part-political memoir, at the heart of Walking The Highwire are the... Read More
Bjorn Lomborg, “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet” (Basic Books, 2020)
Should climate change policy be subject to a cost-benefit analysis leading to a variety of policy choices? Or is it so critical that the only “proper” path is immediate and extreme carbon reduction, regardless of the costs and the impact of those measures on the welfare of the population? Bjorn... Read More
Kerri Arsenault, “Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains” (St. Martin’s Press, 2020)
Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working-class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood.... Read More
Jared Rubin, “Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not (Cambridge University Press, 2017) addresses one of the big questions in economics and economic history: why did the modern economy emerge in northwestern Europe at some point in the 17th or 18th century but not... Read More
Paul De Grauwe, “Economics of Monetary Union” (Oxford UP, 2020)
First published in 1992 before the creation of the euro, Paul De Grauwe’s Economics of Monetary Union (Oxford University Press, 2020)has become a standard text for undergraduates seeking to understand this remarkable but “fragile” project. Updated every two years and now in its 13th edition, the book can hardly keep... Read More
Arthur B. Markman, “Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do It Well, and Advance Your Career” (HBR Press, 2019)
What does it take to both fit in and yet also prosper and grow as a person in the workplace? In this interview, I discuss this question and others with noted psychologist Arthur B. Markman. Markman is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin,... Read More
Costas Lapavitsas, “The Left Case Against the EU” (Polity, 2018)
Many on the Left see the European Union as a fundamentally benign project with the potential to underpin ever greater cooperation and progress. If it has drifted rightward, the answer is to fight for reform from within. In this iconoclastic polemic, economist Costas Lapavitsas demolishes this view. In The Left... Read More
Cary Cooper, “The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can’t Stop Saying It” (Kogan Press, 2020)
What are best-practices for alleviating stress in the workplace? Today I talked to Cary Cooper about his new book The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can’t Stop Saying It (Kogan Page, 2020). Cooper explains why managers should say “Sorry, I Wasn’t Feeling.” Cooper is... Read More
Poul Kjaer, “The Law of Political Economy: Transformation in the Function of Law” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Legal and political theories are not descriptions of brute facts.  Nor are they merely postulated ideals or aspirations.  Theories reflect and are reflected in our social relationships … Moral and political values thus cannot and should not be discussed in isolation from the institutions and social histories that shaped them.... Read More
Nir Bashan, “The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability” (McGraw-Hill, 2020)
Why is the corporate fallback being “analytical” (as opposed to nurturing creativity)? Today I talked to Nir Bashan about his new book The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability (McGraw-Hill, 2020). Bashan is a creativity expert who has spent the past two decades... Read More