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  • Palo Alto

    A History of California, Capitalism, and the World

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER“Welcome and necessary…illuminating and revelatory.” – The New YorkerThe 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 Alto’s weather is temperate, its people are ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • The Half Has Never Been Told

    Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

    A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of enslaved peopleWinner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American HistoriansWinner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman PrizeAmericans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution -- the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Worth of War

    Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are generally held to represent progress. These ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Why Nations Fail

    The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Escape from Rome

    The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity

    Book 115 - The Princeton Economic History of the Western World
    The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern worldThe fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history. But in this groundbreaking book, Walter Scheidel argues that Rome's dramatic collapse was actually the best thing that ever happened, clearing the path for Europe's economic rise and the creation of the modern age ... Read more

    $15.99 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

  • 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 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

  • Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

    **From the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in EconomicsA New York Times Bestseller“A fascinating account of the effort to save the world from another [Great Depression]. . . . Humanity should be grateful.”—Financial Times**In 2006, Ben S. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, the unexpected apex of a personal journey from small-town South Carolina to prestigious academic appointments ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Crashed

    How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World

    by Adam Tooze ...
    **WINNER OF THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZEA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEARA NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK"An intelligent explanation of the mechanisms that produced the crisis and the response to it...One of the great strengths of Tooze's book is to demonstrate the deeply intertwined nature of the European and American financial systems."--The New York ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

    From one of the nation's preeminent experts on economic policy, a major reassessment of the foundations of modern economic thinking that explores the profound influence of an until-now unrecognized force—religion."Friedman has given us an original and brilliant new perspective on the terrifying divisions of our own times. No book could be more important.” —George A. Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in ... Read more

    $6.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • A Rabble of Dead Money

    The Great Crash and the Global Depression: 1929–1939

    The Great Crash of 1929 profoundly disrupted the United States' confident march toward becoming the world's superpower. The breakneck growth of 1920s America -- with its boom in automobiles, electricity, credit lines, radio, and movies -- certainly presaged a serious recession by the decade's end, but not a depression. The totality of the collapse shocked the nation, and its duration scarred ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • A History of Macroeconomics from Keynes to Lucas and Beyond

    This book retraces the history of macroeconomics from Keynes's General Theory to the present. Central to it is the contrast between a Keynesian era and a Lucasian - or dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) - era, each ruled by distinct methodological standards. In the Keynesian era, the book studies the following theories: Keynesian macroeconomics, monetarism, disequilibrium macroeconomics ... Read more

    $42.99 USD

  • Billionaires' Ball

    Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality

    The concentration of wealth today in such a small number of hands inevitably created a dynamic that led to freewheeling financial speculation—a dynamic that produced similarly disastrous results in the last great age of inequality, in the 1920s. Such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy. As McQuaig and ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Against the Gods

    The Remarkable Story of Risk

    A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism."—The New York Times"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book."—The Wall Street Journal"A ... ... Read more

    $14.00 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

  • 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

  • The Lost Bank

    The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History

    by Kirsten Grind ...
    During the most dizzying days of the financial crisis, Washington Mutual, a bank with hundreds of billions of dollars in its coffers, suffered a crippling bank run. The story of its final, brutal collapse in the autumn of 2008, and its controversial sale to JPMorgan Chase, is an astonishing account of how one bank lost itself to greed and mismanagement, and how the entire financial industry—and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • When McKinsey Comes to Town

    The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An explosive, deeply reported exposé of McKinsey & Company, the international consulting firm that advises corporations and governments, that highlights the often drastic impact of its work on employees and citizens around the world"Meticulously reported, and ultimately devastating, this is an important book." —Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Histories of Racial Capitalism

    Edited by Justin Leroy, Destin Jenkins ...
    series Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism
    The relationship between race and capitalism is one of the most enduring and controversial historical debates. The concept of racial capitalism offers a way out of this impasse. Racial capitalism is not simply a permutation, phase, or stage in the larger history of capitalism—since the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade and the colonization of the Americas, capitalism, in both material and ... Read more

    $21.99 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 or Free with Kobo Plus

  • 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

    $19.99 USD

  • The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

    Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000

    by Paul Kennedy ...
    About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe. ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume 1


    Allan H. Meltzer's monumental history of the Federal Reserve System tells the story of one of America's most influential but least understood public institutions. This first volume covers the period from the Federal Reserve's founding in 1913 through the Treasury-Federal Reserve Accord of 1951, which marked the beginning of a larger and greatly changed institution.To understand why the Federal ... Read more

    $26.99 USD