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Branko Milanović is a Serbian-American economist. He is most known for his work on income distribution and inequality. Since January 2014, he is a visiting presidential professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an affiliated senior scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study.
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The Economics of François Quesnay
Gianni Vaggi - 1987-11-30
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The author undertakes a new interpretation of physiocratic economics and its contributions to the foundation of economic science....
Branko Milanovic
I know that very few people care about it, but... Gianni Vaggi book on the economics of Quesnay is really excellent. Not only a great introduction to Quesnay, but a super good discussion of the surplus, free trade, tenant-farmers vs landlords etc.      source
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On China
Henry Kissinger - 2012-04-24 (first published in 2011)
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"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesIn this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illu...
Branko Milanovic
This is really a brilliant book, in many respects, and it is world's misfortune that the US-China relationships are now handled by the much less knowledgeable people.      source
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The First Serious Optimist
A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics
Ian Kumekawa - 2017-06-06
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A groundbreaking intellectual biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential economists...
Branko Milanovic
Kumekawa is an excellent writer. The book is very well sourced; Kumekawa did serious archival work, reading 00s of letters Pigou exchanged. K does an excellent job in presenting the disagreements between the Keynesians & Pigou. (Full disclosure, Ian is nephew of a close friend).      source
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The Meddlers
Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance
Jamie Martin - 2022-06-14
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A pioneering history traces the origins of global economic governance--and the political conflicts it generates--to the aftermath of World War I.International economic institutions like the IMF and World Bank exert incredible influence over the domestic policies of many states. These institutions date from the end of World War II and amassed power ...
Branko Milanovic
@jamiemartin2 @ForeignAffairs Thanks @jamiemartin2. Great book; I learned a lot from it, and I am sure many will too.      source
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The Carthaginian Peace Or the Economic Consequences of Mr. Keynes
Etienne Intro by RCK Ensor and For'd by Paul Mantoux Mantoux - 1946-01-01
Branko Milanovic
Finally, three books that I also like very much. An easy choice, Keynes' classic "The economic consequences of the peace". But if you want a strong critique of Keynes read Etienne Mantoux's "The econ consequences of Mr Keynes".      source
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The End of Tsarist Russia
The March to World War I and Revolution
Dominic Lieven - 2015-08-18
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An Economist Best Book of the YearA Financial Times Best Book of the Year."Lieven has a double gift: first, for harvesting details to convey the essence of an era and, second, for finding new, startling, and clarifying elements in familiar stories.  This is history with a heartbeat, and it could not be more engrossing."—Foreign AffairsOne of the wo...
Branko Milanovic
This is another example how the centralization of decision-making led to a war. An excellent book.      source
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How the Soviet Union Disappeared
An Essay on the Causes of Dissolution
Wisla Suraska - 1998-12-11
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Many theories have been offered to explain the disintegration of the Soviet Union, yet none sufficiently explain the speed and profundity of the empire’s collapse. In this powerful polemic, Wisla Suraska disputes popular interpretations of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and explains how theories, such as totalitarian theory, have failed to exa...
Branko Milanovic
@BuddyYakov @DougHenwood @vpalsmith33 @nils_gilman @IsabellaMWeber @ArtemyMK @FukuyamaFrancis @DrRadchenko @RadioFreeTom @osmastro @zenpundit @prchovanec @DuncanWeldon @KaiserKuo @adam_tooze @JWMason1 That's the best book that I have read on the topic: (since appr. 1988, there was no state in the USSR).      source
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The Complete Memoirs
Expanded Edition
Pablo Neruda - 2021-06-22
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The classic memoir of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, now expanded with newly discovered materialSouthern Chile was an open frontier when the beloved poet Pablo Neruda was born there in 1904. A motherless, pensive child in the wild, he began writing poems long before quitting the countryside for Santiago, where he spent his bohemian student years. Fr...
Branko Milanovic
Many years ago when I read Neruda's excellent memoirs (I would suggest the book to everyone), I was a bit puzzled by Neruda going ecstatic in front of every Siberian dam when the same dam would leave him ice- cold in the US. But then I thought I understood.      source
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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Volume 1
Edward Gibbon - 2012-05-12 (first published in 1776)
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery....
Branko Milanovic
@Picketer It is actually the most readable book. It is like a book of incredible adventures--and for me the greatest gain was that many isolated historical instances that I was unable to put in their exact context, simply fell into place thanks to Gibbon.      source
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How Rome Fell
Death of a Superpower
Adrian Goldsworthy - 2010-09-28 (first published in 2009)
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A major new history of the fall of the Roman Empire, by the prizewinning author of  Caesar In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. In...
Branko Milanovic
@MGF91 @Patrick_Wyman @DiegoCastaneda I liked Averil Cameron, The Later Roman Empire; Ward- Perkins, The Fall of Rome (I used his data in one of my papers) and an old and short book, Walbank, The decline of the Roman Empire in the West. Also A Goldsworthy, How Rome Fell (but do not remember it well).      source
The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits
The Invisible Hand? by Bas van Bavel
The Deep State by Mike Lofgren
The China Boom by Ho-Fung Hung
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Escaping Poverty by Peer Vries
The Passions and the Interests by Albert O. Hirschman
The Fall of Rome by Bryan Ward-Perkins
Development Projects Observed by Albert O. Hirschman
Godfather of the Kremlin by Paul Klebnikov
Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron
Thy Hand, Great Anarch! India by Nirad Chaundhuri
The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1910-1923 by Franz Kafka
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty by Albert O. Hirschman
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
The decline of the Roman Empire in the West by F. W Walbank
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