New Books Network

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
Alessandro Arduino and Xue Gong, “Securing the Belt and Road” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Alessandro Arduino and Xue Gong’s Securing the Belt and Road: Risk Assessment, Private Security and Special Insurances Along the New Wave of Chinese Outbound Investments (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) significantly contributes to an understanding not only of China’s ambitious infrastructure and energy driven Belt and Road Initiative, but also the increasing challenges it... Read More
Ian D. Gow and Stuart Kells, “The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of the Global Accounting Monopoly” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018)
You mean accounting has a history?  Yes, it does, and it should matter to you, because the accounting profession, and the audit function that it serves, affects all the companies in your 401(k) program.  Remember WorldCom, remember Enron? Every time a large holding of yours writes off the goodwill from... Read More
Eric Helleiner, “Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order” (Cornell UP, 2018)
The story of Bretton Woods has been told by countless historians. We have a good sense of the wartime context, the negotiations themselves, the roles of many of the main actors (especially Great Britain and the United States), and the conference’s meaning for postwar global history. What can another book... Read More