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Branko Milanovic

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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 Passions and the Interests
Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph (Princeton Classics, 2)
Albert O. Hirschman - Oct 06, 2013 (first published in 1977)
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In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests--so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice--was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of...
Branko Milanovic
Apr 08, 2021
Read 3 of Hirschman's books & they were all excellent: The Passions and Interests Exit, Voice and Loyalty Development Projects Observed Many people may not fully appreciate the originality of it b/c many of Hirschman's ideas have become so fully absorbed.      source
Development Projects Observed
Albert O. Hirschman - Apr 11, 2002 (first published in 1967)
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The experience accumulated in the wake of more than two decades of sustained effort to promote growth and change in the low-income countries presents a rich field for scholarly inquiry and new insights into the development process. The success and failures of such projects, the new skills and attitudes they impart, and the internal tensions they so...
Branko Milanovic
Apr 08, 2021
Read 3 of Hirschman's books & they were all excellent: The Passions and Interests Exit, Voice and Loyalty Development Projects Observed Many people may not fully appreciate the originality of it b/c many of Hirschman's ideas have become so fully absorbed.      source
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty
Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States
Albert O. Hirschman - Dec 31, 1969 (first published in 1970)
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An innovator in contemporary thought on economic and political development looks here at decline rather than growth. Albert O. Hirschman makes a basic distinction between alternative ways of reacting to deterioration in business firms and, in general, to dissatisfaction with organizations: one, "exit," is for the member to quit the organization or ...
Branko Milanovic
Apr 08, 2021
Read 3 of Hirschman's books & they were all excellent: The Passions and Interests Exit, Voice and Loyalty Development Projects Observed Many people may not fully appreciate the originality of it b/c many of Hirschman's ideas have become so fully absorbed.      source
The World Turned Upside Down
A History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Yang Jisheng - Jan 19, 2021
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Yang Jisheng’s The World Turned Upside Down is the definitive history of the Cultural Revolution, in withering and heartbreaking detail.As a major political event and a crucial turning point in the history of the People’s Republic of China, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) marked the zenith as well as the nadir of Mao Zedong’s ...
Branko Milanovic
Apr 02, 2021
Yang Jisheng's "The World Turned Upside Down" is like a symphony, it is powerful. But interestingly when you finish the book, it is the events of 1966-67, of the early Cultural Revolution that, like one's youth, stand out in their excitement and diversity. And weirdly: freedom.      source
The Deep State
The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
Mike Lofgren - Sep 13, 2016
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred exposé of who really wields power in Washington   Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we ...
Branko Milanovic
Mar 08, 2021
@WasiMOra His book on the Deep State is very good.      source
Godfather of the Kremlin
The Decline of Russia in the Age of Gangster Capitalism
Paul Klebnikov - Sep 14, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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From nuclear superpower to impoverished nation, post-communist Russia has become one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. Paul Klebnikov pieces together the previous decade in Russian history, showing that a major piece of "the decline of Russia' puzzle lies in the meteoric business career of Boris Berezovsky. Transforming himself from a resea...
Branko Milanovic
Feb 16, 2021
@mikiki112 I think they could be the same. It is a serious book:      source
Thy Hand, Great Anarch! India
1921-1952
Nirad Chaundhuri - Oct 01, 1989 (first published in 1987)
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The author's own story but within the framework of the larger story of India's drive towards Independence with incisive & iconoclastic portraits of Gandhi, Nehru, Mountbatten & Churchill. The author was regarded as an admirable historian & one of the best Indian writers of non-fiction....
Branko Milanovic
Dec 19, 2020
@RishiHks Great book.      source
The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1910-1923
Franz Kafka - Oct 30, 1988 (first published in 1949)
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These diaries cover the years 1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka’s death at the age of forty. They provide a penetrating look into life in Prague and into Kafka’s accounts of his dreams, his feelings for the father he worshipped, and the woman he could not bring himself to marry, his sense of guilt, and his feelings of being an outcast. They offer...
Branko Milanovic
Dec 19, 2020
By the way, Kafka's diaries are a beautiful read.      source
Forbidden Colors
Yukio Mishima - Feb 22, 1999 (first published in 1951)
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From one of Japan's greatest modern writers comes an exquisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion, a work that distills beauty, longing, and loathing into an intoxicating poisoned cocktail. An aging, embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have betrayed him. He finds the perfect instrument in Yuichi, a...
Branko Milanovic
Dec 07, 2020
@Henk_Overbeek @BBC_Culture But of course, it is the book that counts; these are only details."The Sailor who Fell...", "Forbidden Colors" are also great.      source
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Yukio Mishima - May 31, 1994 (first published in 1963)
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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells the tale of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call "objectivity." When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealize the man a...
Branko Milanovic
Dec 07, 2020
@Henk_Overbeek @BBC_Culture But of course, it is the book that counts; these are only details."The Sailor who Fell...", "Forbidden Colors" are also great.      source
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Confessions of a Mask
Yukio Mishima - Jan 17, 1958 (first published in 1949)
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Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be “normal.” Kochan is meek-bodied and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of ...
Branko Milanovic
Dec 07, 2020
@Henk_Overbeek @BBC_Culture But of course, it is the book that counts; these are only details."The Sailor who Fell...", "Forbidden Colors" are also great.      source
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The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The China Boom by Ho-fung Hung
Escaping Poverty by Peer Vries