New Books Network

Michael R. Cohen, “Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era” (NYU Press, 2017)
Michael R. Cohen is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he holds a Sizeler Professorship. He is the author of the newly published Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era from NYU Press (2017), as well as The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation... Read More
Allison Schrager, “An Economist Walks Into A Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk” (Portfolio, 2019)
Whether you are a commuter weighing options of taking the bus vs walking to get you to work on time or a military general leading troops into war, risk is something we deal with every day. Even the most cautious of us can’t opt out—the question is always which risks... Read More
Patrick Sharma, “Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2017)
Robert McNamara is best remembered today for his momentous term as Secretary of Defense in the 1960s. Often overlooked because of this is his even longer tenure as president of the World Bank, one that reflected both the strengths and flaws of McNamara’s leadership. In Robert McNamara’s Other War: The... Read More
James O’Toole, “The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good” (HarperBusiness, 2019)
Is the University of Chicago-blessed, “greed is good” near-term profits approach to business wearing out its welcome? James O’Toole‘s The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good (HarperBusiness, 2019) is a welcome addition to the current debate about what is the right... Read More
John Komlos, “Foundations of Real-World Economics: What Every Economics Student Needs to Know” (Routledge, 2019)
I met with John Komlos, an American economic historian of Hungarian descent and former holder of the Chair of Economic History at the University of Munich. We spoke about his latest book, Foundations of Real-World Economics: What Every Economics Student Needs to Know (Routledge, 2019). This is a very original... Read More
Kevin T. Smiley, “Market Cities, People Cities: The Shape of Our Urban Future” (NYU Press, 2018)
Are market cities better than people cities? Does the satisfaction that residents take in their city vary from market city to people city? In Market Cities, People Cities: The Shape of Our Urban Future (NYU Press, 2018), Dr. Michael Oluf Emerson and Dr. Kevin T. Smiley identify the kinds of... Read More
Sheilagh Ogilvie, “The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Guilds were prominent in medieval and early modern Europe, but their economic role has seldom been studied. In The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis (Princeton University Press, 2019), Sheilagh Ogilvie offers a wide-ranging examination of what guilds did and how they affected pre-modern economies. As Ogilvie explains, guilds were particularized... Read More