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  • Nothing Is Too Big to Fail

    How the Last Financial Crisis Informs Today

    No institution, government, or country is “too big to fail.” A behind-the-scenes account of what led to the 2008 crisis—and may soon lead to a bigger one.Written by two bank executives with firsthand experience of several financial crises, Nothing is Too Big to Fail holds a stiff warning about the future of finance and social justice—revealing how the US government’s fiscal and monetary policies ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Lords of Easy Money

    How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy

    The New York Times bestselling business journalist Christopher Leonard infiltrates one of America’s most mysterious institutions—the Federal Reserve—to show how its policies****spearheaded by Chairman Jerome Powell over the past ten years have accelerated income inequality and put our country’s economic stability at risk.If you asked most people what forces led to today’s unprecedented income ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Can It Happen Again?

    Essays on Instability and Finance

    by Hyman Minsky ...
    series Routledge Classics
    In the winter of 1933, the American financial and economic system collapsed. Since then economists, policy makers and financial analysts throughout the world have been haunted by the question of whether "It" can happen again. In 2008 "It" very nearly happened again as banks and mortgage lenders in the USA and beyond collapsed. The disaster sent economists, bankers and policy makers back to the ... Read more

    $27.89 USD

  • Crossing the Bay of Bengal

    For centuries the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway between India and China, and as a battleground for European empires, while being shaped by monsoons and human migration. Integrating environmental history and mining a wealth of sources, Sunil S. Amrith offers insights to the many challenges facing Asia in the decades ahead. ... Read more

    $17.29 USD

  • Time for Socialism

    Dispatches from a World on Fire, 2016-2021

    A chronicle of recent events that have shaken the world, from the author of Capital in the Twenty‑First Century**Praise for Time for Socialism:“Lively, thought‑provoking, grounded in facts, and resolutely optimistic—these essays grapple with the big questions of our time, from the rise of Trumpism and Brexit, to gender inequality and wealth taxation.”—Gabriel Zucman, University of California, ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • The Road to Serfdom

    Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition

    by F. A. Hayek ...
    series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek #2
    An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program—The Road to Serfdom ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • Iron Empires

    Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America

    From Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Hiltzik, the epic tale of the clash for supremacy between America’s railroad titansIn 1869, when the final spike was driven into the transcontinental railroad, few were prepared for its seismic aftershocks. Once a hodgepodge of short, squabbling lines, America’s railways soon exploded into a titanic industry helmed by a pageant of speculators, crooks, and ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Medieval Market Morality

    Life, Law and Ethics in the English Marketplace, 1200–1500

    by James Davis ...
    This important study examines the market trade of medieval England by providing a wide-ranging critique of the moral and legal imperatives that underpinned retail trade. James Davis shows how market-goers were influenced not only by practical and economic considerations of price, quality, supply and demand, but also by the moral and cultural environment within which such deals were conducted. This ... Read more

    $41.89 USD $32.79 USD

  • Herbert Hoover in the White House

    The Ordeal of the Presidency

    “A deft, filled-out portrait of the thirty-first president…by far the best, most readable study of Herbert Hoover’s presidency to date” (Publishers Weekly) that draws on rare and intimate sources to show he was temperamentally unsuited for the job.Herbert Clark Hoover was the thirty-first President of the United States. He served one term, from 1929 to 1933. Often considered placid, passive, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Money Changes Everything

    How Finance Made Civilization Possible

    "[A] magnificent history of money and finance."—New York Times Book Review"Convincingly makes the case that finance is a change-maker of change-makers."—Financial TimesIn the aftermath of recent financial crises, it's easy to see finance as a wrecking ball: something that destroys fortunes and jobs, and undermines governments and banks. In Money Changes Everything, leading financial historian ... Read more

    $14.39 USD

  • Davos Man

    How the Billionaires Devoured the World

    From the New York Times’s Global Economics Correspondent, a masterwork of explanatory journalism that exposes how billionaires’ systematic plunder of the world—brazenly accelerated during the pandemic—has transformed 21st-century life and dangerously destabilized democracy."Davos Man will be read a hundred years from now as a warning. ... Deliciously rich with searing detail, the clarity is ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Very British Affair

    Six Britons and the Development of Time Series Analysis During the 20th Century

    by T. Mills ...
    series Palgrave Advanced Texts in Econometrics
    This book develops the major themes of time series analysis from its formal beginnings in the early part of the 20th century to the present day through the research of six distinguished British statisticians, all of whose work is characterised by the British traits of pragmatism and the desire to solve practical problems of importance. ... Read more

    $89.09 USD

  • The Growth Delusion

    Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations

    by David Pilling ...
    A provocative critique of the pieties and fallacies of our obsession with economic growthWe live in a society in which a priesthood of economists, wielding impenetrable mathematical formulas, set the framework for public debate. Ultimately, it is the perceived health of the economy which determines how much we can spend on our schools, highways, and defense; economists decidehow much unemployment ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Clash of Economic Ideas

    The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years

    The Clash of Economic Ideas interweaves the economic history of the last hundred years with the history of economic doctrines to understand how contrasting economic ideas have originated and developed over time to take their present forms. It traces the connections running from historical events to debates among economists, and from the ideas of academic writers to major experiments in economic ... Read more

    $36.09 USD

  • The Job

    Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

    Critically acclaimed journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell uncovers the true cost--political, economic, social, and personal--of America's mounting anxiety over jobs, and what we can do to regain control over our working lives.Since 1973, our productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. Most of us rank so far below the top earners in the country that the "winners" might as well inhabit ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Anatomy of Inequality

    Its Social and Economic Origins- and Solutions

    by Per Molander ...
    “Virtually all human societies are marked by inequality, at a level that surpasses what could be expected from normal differences in individuals’ capabilities alone.”So begins this new approach to the greatest social ill of our time, and nearly every other era. From a country with one of the world’s lowest rates of income and social imbalance, award-winning Swedish analyst Per Molander’s book ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Titan

    The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    by Ron Chernow ...
    National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistFrom the acclaimed, award-winning author of Alexander Hamilton: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, Rockefeller was known as both a rapacious robber baron, whose Standard Oil Company rode roughshod over an industry, and a ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Economic Consequences of the Peace (Rediscovered Books)

    With linked Table of Contents

    The Economic Consequences of the Peace was written and published by John Maynard Keynes. After World War I, Keynes attended the Versailles Conference as a delegate of the British Treasury and argued for a much more generous peace. It was a best seller throughout the world and was critical in establishing a general opinion that the Versailles Treaty was a "Carthaginian peace." It helped to ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble: The Coming Deficit Debacle and How to Invest Now

    How Deficit Economics Will Change our Global Financial Climate

    The next economic storm and how to prepare for it--from a top decision-maker at BlackRockAn economic calamity is already looming on the horizon, and it's going hit the U.S. on a scale equal to the recent mortgage meltdown and liquidity crisis of 2008-2009. In February, President Obama announced that the 2010 budget deficit would surpass $1.5 trillion, an amount greater than the total debt of our ... Read more

    $24.69 USD

  • The Vanishing American Corporation

    Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy

    It may be hard to believe in an era of Walmart, Citizens United, and the Koch brothers, but corporations are on the decline. The number of American companies listed on the stock market dropped by half between 1996 and 2012. In recent years we've seen some of the most storied corporations go bankrupt (General Motors, Chrysler, Eastman Kodak) or disappear entirely (Bethlehem Steel, Lehman Brothers, ... Read more

    $21.59 USD

  • Money in American Politics

    The First 200 Years

    The people who run our government are affected by money just like the rest of us. Over the years, many of these officials have worried about meeting mortgage payments, holding off creditors, and avoiding bankruptcy. Others made fortunes by devoting their time to supervising their business interests. Either way, these distractions affected the lives of everyday citizens--from the price of shirts to ... Read more

    $19.69 USD

  • Conquest, Tribute and Trade

    How the Quest for Precious Metals Gave Birth to Globalization

    This new edition of Conquest, Tribute and Trade: How the Quest for Precious Metals Gave Birth to Globalization (2016) has been revised to improve the clarity of the text, maps and end-notes. The book itself attempts to explain the birth of globalization in a new way and address three interrelated developments which have been under-analyzed, pigeon-holed or even ignored.First, how and why the ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • The History of the Standard Oil Company

    Briefer Version

    Muckrakers — a term coined in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt — referred to American journalists, novelists and critics who, in the early 20th century, attempted to expose corruption in politics and the abuses of big business. One publication spearheading these exposés was McClures Magazine, and Ida Tarbell was the writer whose dramatic revelations eventually lead to effective regulation of ... Read more

    $16.95 USD

  • The Great Persuasion

    Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression

    by Angus Burgin ...
    Just as economists struggle today to justify the free market after the global economic crisis, an earlier generation revisited their worldview after the Great Depression. In this intellectual history of that project, Burgin traces the evolution of postwar economic thought in order to reconsider the most basic assumptions of a market-centered world. ... Read more

    $15.19 USD