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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - Apr 02, 2013
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
Economics in One Lesson
The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
Henry Hazlitt - Dec 14, 1988 (first published in 1946)
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A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitts Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern libertarian economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others.Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the Austrian School, which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, F...
The Road to Serfdom
F. A. Hayek - Mar 30, 2007 (first published in 1944)
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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 1944when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and ba...
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Margaret Thatcher
Predictably Irrational
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Dan Ariely - Apr 27, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expand...
The Myth of the Rational Market
A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
Justin Fox - Feb 08, 2011
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“Do we really need yet another book about the financial crisis? Yes, we do—because this one is different….A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mess we’re in.”—Paul Krugman, New York Times Book Review “Fox makes business history thrilling.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch A lively history of ideas, The Myth of the Rational Market by former Tim...
The Making of Behavioral Economics
Richard H. Thaler - Jun 14, 2016
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Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans—predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth—and change the way we think about economics, ourselves...
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty - Aug 14, 2017 (first published in 2013)
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A New York Times #1 Bestseller An Amazon #1 Bestseller A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Sunday Times BestsellerWinner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardWinner of the British Academy MedalFinalist, National Book Critics Circle Award"It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Cen...
Thinking Strategically
The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life (Norton Paperback)
Avinash K. Dixit - Apr 17, 1993
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The international bestseller — don't compete without it! A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneauvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken fr...
Basic Economics
Thomas Sowell - Dec 01, 2014 (first published in 2000)
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Basic Economicsis a citizen's guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to criti...
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The Intelligent Investor
The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)
Benjamin Graham - Feb 21, 2006 (first published in 1949)
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More than one million hardcovers soldNow available for the first time in paperback!The Classic Text Annotated to Update Graham's Timeless Wisdom for Today's Market ConditionsThe greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields invest...
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Jan 28, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi
Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
Irrational Exuberance by Robert J. Shiller
Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
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Moneyball by Michael Lewis
The Worldly Philosophers by Robert L. Heilbroner
Americana by Bhu Srinivasan
Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V. Banerjee
Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell
The Rise and Fall of Nations by Ruchir Sharma
Economics for Humans, Second Edition by Julie A. Nelson
Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez
Makers and Takers by Rana Foroohar
Information Rules by Carl Shapiro
The Green and the Black by Gary Sernovitz
Capitalism in America by Alan Greenspan
The Everything Economics Book by David A Mayer
Principles by Ray Dalio
Give and Take by Adam Grant
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Law by Frédéric Bastiat
The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
The Power of Moments by Chip Heath
The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
Scale by Geoffrey West
Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
Random Family by Adrian Nicole Leblanc
Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby
The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Against the Grain by James C. Scott
The Upstarts by Brad Stone
The Great Convergence by Richard Baldwin
A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith
A Splendid Exchange by William J. Bernstein
Economics by Ha-Joon Chang
Hit Makers by Derek Thompson
Small Is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher
Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises
Choice by Robert P. Murphy
The Laws of Wealth by Daniel Crosby
Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan
The Little Book of Behavioral Investing by James Montier
Simplify by Piatkus
The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King
The Power of Positive Deviance by Richard Pascale
High-Profit Prospecting by Mark Hunter Csp
The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos
Power and Plenty by Ronald Findlay
Foundations of Economics by Shawn Ritenour
Abraham Kuyper by Mr. James D. Bratt
Free Our Markets by Howard Jr. Baetjer
Living Economics by Peter J. Boettke
The Fed and Lehman Brothers by Laurence M. Ball
Numerical Methods in Economics by Kenneth L. Judd
Auction Theory by Vijay Krishna
Notes On The Theory Of Choice by David Kreps
Women of The Street by M. Jones
Principles of Macroeconomics by N. Gregory Mankiw
Common Sense Economics by James D. Gwartney
Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner
The Economic Institutions of Capitalism by Oliver E. Williamson
The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics by Na Na
Reframing Finance by Ashby Monk
Lectures on Macroeconomics by Olivier Blanchard
Frontiers of Business Cycle Research by Thomas F. Cooley
The Power of Purpose by John O'Brien
Inequality in America by James J. Heckman
Dynamic Economics by Jerome Adda
WTF? by Tim O'Reilly
Dual Momentum Investing by Gary Antonacci
Quantitative Value, + Web Site by Wesley Gray