New Books Network

Howard Friedman, “Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life” (U California Press, 2020)
Howard Friedman‘s new book Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life (University of California Press, 2020) should be required reading for anyone sitting down to watch the evening news. The Covid-19 crisis is, unfortunately, a new broad-based instance in the valuation of human life. And I do mean value:... Read More
Thomas Piketty, “Capital and Ideology” (Harvard UP, 2020)
It seems easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations – Fredric Jameson, The Seeds of Time Thomas Piketty, the French economist, was dubbed the modern Marx by... Read More
Katharina Pistor, “The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality” (Princeton UP, 2019)
“Most lawyers, most actors, most soldiers and sailors, most athletes, most doctors, and most diplomats feel a certain solidarity in the face of outsiders, and, in spite of other differences, they share fragments of a common ethic in their working life, and a kind of moral complicity.” – Stuart Hampshire,... Read More
Amr Khafagy, “The Economics of Financial Cooperatives” (Routledge, 2019)
Today I spoke with Dr. Amr Khafagy about his recent book The Economics of Financial Cooperatives (Routledge, 2019). Amr is Research Assistant at the Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire. Building on theories of finance and distribution, and the political economy of finance, this book explains... Read More
Megan T. Neely and Ken-Hou Lin, “Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely’s new book Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance (Oxford University Press, 2020) explores the rise of finance in American life over the last forty years and its implications for American workers, families, and economies. The authors argue that finance has transformed from a servant to... Read More
Peter J. Boettke, “F. A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Today I spoke with professor Peter J. Boettke the author of a great new book on Friedrich August von Hayek. Dr. Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at George Mason University, USA. F.... Read More
Jodie Adams Kirshner, “Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promise” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)
In her new book Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promise (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), Jodie Adams Kirshner tells the story of the people of Detroit before, during, and after its bankruptcy, offering lessons about urban governance, post-industrial economics, development, and the usefulness of bankruptcy itself as... Read More
Daniel Peris on Goetzmann’s “Money Changes Everything” (Princeton UP, 2016)
Think that Wall Street has nothing to do with the real economy? You are probably not alone in that regard. But it turns out, you are wrong. As William N. Goetzmann demonstrates in his Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible (Princeton University Press, 2016), the tools of finance... Read More