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  • A Piece of the Action

    How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class

    by Joe Nocera ...
    Winner of the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in JournalismOne of Business Week’s “Ten Best Business Books of the Year”When it was published in 1994, A Piece of the Action was wildly acclaimed by Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, authors Michael Lewis and Brian Burroughs; it won the Helen Bernstein Prize and was a national bestseller. Joseph Nocera describes the historical process by which ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Bourgeois Virtues

    Ethics for an Age of Commerce

    For a century and a half, the artists and intellectuals of Europe have scorned the bourgeoisie. And for a millennium and a half, the philosophers and theologians of Europe have scorned the marketplace. The bourgeois life, capitalism, Mencken’s “booboisie” and David Brooks’s “bobos”—all have been, and still are, framed as being responsible for everything from financial to moral poverty, world wars, ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Little Book of Economics

    by DK ...
    Series series DK Little Book of
    This ebook is the perfect introduction to the subject of economics and economic ideas throughout history.From the earliest forms of currency to the Industrial Revolution, and from the birth of the stock market to free-market capitalism and globalized trade, The Little Book of Economics brings economic theory and the work of key economists to life. Journeying through centuries of economic thought, ... Read more

    $5.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Confederate Industry

    Manufacturers and Quartermasters in the Civil War

    By 1860 the South ranked high among the developed countries of the world in per capita income and life expectancy and in the number of railroad miles, telegraph lines, and institutions of higher learning. Only the major European powers and the North had more cotton and woolen spindles.This book examines the Confederate military's program to govern this prosperous industrial base by a quartermaster ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Famine

    A Short History

    Famine remains one of the worst calamities that can befall a society. Mass starvation--whether it is inflicted by drought or engineered by misguided or genocidal economic policies--devastates families, weakens the social fabric, and undermines political stability. Cormac Ó Gráda, the acclaimed author who chronicled the tragic Irish famine in books like Black '47 and Beyond, here traces the ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • As Gods Among Men

    A History of the Rich in the West

    by Guido Alfani ...
    How the rich and the super-rich throughout Western history accumulated their wealth, behaved (or misbehaved) and helped (or didn’t help) their communities in times of crisisThe rich have always fascinated, sometimes in problematic ways. Medieval thinkers feared that the super-rich would act 'as gods among men’; much more recently Thomas Piketty made wealth central to discussions of inequality. In ... Read more

    $25.99 USD

  • The Lords of Easy Money

    How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy

    The Wall Street Journal Best Book of the YearNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe 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 stab... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Sovereignty without Power

    Liberia in the Age of Empires, 1822–1980

    Series series Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series
    What did independence mean during the age of empires? How did independent governments balance different interests when they made policies about trade, money and access to foreign capital? Sovereignty without Power tells the story of Liberia, one of the few African countries to maintain independence through the colonial period. Established in 1822 as a colony for freed slaves from the United States ... Read more

    $81.99 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

    $44.99 USD

  • Blood in the Machine

    The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech

    "The most important book to read about the AI boom" (Wired): **The "gripping" (New Yorker) true story of the first time machines came for human jobs—and how the Luddite uprising explains the power, threat, and toll of big tech and AI todayNamed one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Wired, and the Financial Times • A Next Big Idea Book Club "Must-Read"**The most urgent story in ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Palo Alto

    A History of California, Capitalism, and the World

    Named One of the Year's Best Books by VULTURE • THE NEW REPUBLIC • DAZED • WIRED • BLOOMBERG • ESQUIRE • SALON • THE NEXT BIG IDEA CLUBThe history of Silicon Valley, from railroads to microchips, is an “extraordinary” story of disruption and destruction, told for the first time in this comprehensive, jaw-dropping narrative (Greg Grandin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The End of the Myth).Palo ... Read more

    $11.99 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

    $15.99 USD

  • Crack-Up Capitalism

    Market Radicals and the Dream of a World Without Democracy

    A Fortune best nonfiction book of 2023In a revelatory dispatch from the frontier of capitalist extremism, an acclaimed historian of ideas shows how free marketeers are realizing their ultimate goal: an end to nation-states and the constraints of democracy.Look at a map of the world and you’ll see a colorful checkerboard of nation-states. But this is not where power actually resides. Over the last ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • The Great Leveler

    Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

    Series Book 114 - The Princeton Economic History of the Western World
    Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that it never dies peacefully. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Money and Government

    The Past and Future of Economics

    A critical examination of economics' past and future, and how it needs to change, by one of the most eminent political economists of our timeThe dominant view in economics is that money and government should play only minor roles in economic life. Economic outcomes, it is claimed, are best left to the "invisible hand" of the market. Yet these claims remain staunchly unsettled. The view taken in ... Read more

    $25.99 USD

  • A Very British Affair

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

    by T. Mills ...
    Series 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

    $143.99 USD

  • Digital Gold

    Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

    New York Times Book Review Editor’s ChoiceSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEARA New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper’s brilliant and engrossing history ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Smartest Guys in the Room

    The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

    In this tenth-anniversary edition, acclaimed investigative journalists Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind deliver the definitive account of the fall of Enron, one of the biggest scandals in corporate America history.Meticulously researched and character driven, The Smartest Guys in the Room takes the reader deep into Enron's past—and behind the closed doors of private meetings. Drawing on a wide ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • 50 Economics Classics

    Your shortcut to the most important ideas on capitalism, finance, and the global economy

    Explore the ideas of some of the greatest thinkers in economics. Gain the insights and research of contemporary economists and commentators.WINNER - SILVER MEDAL, AXIOM BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS 2018Economics drives the modern world and shapes our lives, but few of us feel we have time to engage with the breadth of ideas in the subject. 50 Economics Classics is the smart person's guide to two centuries ... Read more

    $12.99 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

  • Bad Samaritans

    The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism

    by Ha-Joon Chang ...
    "Lucid, deeply informed, and enlivened with striking illustrations." -Noam ChomskyOne economist has called Ha-Joon Chang "the most exciting thinker our profession has turned out in the past fifteen years." With Bad Samaritans, this provocative scholar bursts into the debate on globalization and economic justice.Using irreverent wit, an engagingly personal style, and a battery of examples, Chang ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Babel Inc.

    Multiculturalism, Globalisation, and the New World Order

    by Kerry Bolton ...
    Babel Inc. is an essential primer on the politics of globalisation and multiculturalism. Bolton demonstrates that conventional distinctions between the political left and right have been transcended by transnational corporations who regard the remnants of the nation-state as the last hurdle for global domination and the attainment of their "new world order". Babel Inc. is an exposé of ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • American Flannel

    How a Band of Entrepreneurs Are Bringing the Art and Business of Making Clothes Back Home

    by Steven Kurutz ...
    **“I can confidently say this will be one of my favorite books of 2024.” —Stephen King, bestselling author (and onetime millworker)“American Flannel is a wonderful book--surprising, entertaining, vivid and personal, but also enlightening on the largest questions of America's economic and social future.” —James Fallows, co-author of Our Towns**The little-engine-that-could story of how a band of ... Read more

    $15.99 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

    $21.99 USD