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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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Milovan Djilas - 1980-09-22 (first published in 1977)
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Leadership during wartime is a complex and challenging topic, but this account of the partisan campaign in Yugoslavia during World War II offers unique insights from a key leader of Tito's forces. With an index and photographs to supplement the vivid writing, this translated work is a must-read for history buffs and those interested in the intricacies of military strategy.
Branko Milanovic
I have read it before. Djilas was an extraordinary writer, pitiless military commander, and a statesman. I read his books in English (they were not published in Yugoslavia) & I would suggest to everybody "Memoirs of a Revolutionary" (emotional), "Wartime" (hyper realistic),      source
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Memoir of a revolutionary
Milovan Djilas - 1973-07-01
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"Now I felt that the world was so clear to me that I would be able to influence its destiny." That is the spirit of the 1930's, the period Milovan Djilas describes in "Memoir of a Revolutionary." He became a communist when the Communist movement in Yugoslavia was growing into the force that eventually gave form to modern Yugoslavia. Determined and ...
Branko Milanovic
I have read it before. Djilas was an extraordinary writer, pitiless military commander, and a statesman. I read his books in English (they were not published in Yugoslavia) & I would suggest to everybody "Memoirs of a Revolutionary" (emotional), "Wartime" (hyper realistic),      source
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Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - 2012-11-27
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Discover how to thrive in a world of uncertainty with this revolutionary investigation of transparency, risk, and decision-making. Antifragile proposes that chaos and disorder are necessary for certain things to survive and prosper, and that being "antifragile" is far more valuable than simply being resilient. Covering topics ranging from urban planning to personal finance, and drawing from voices of ancient wisdom, this erudite and witty book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb will change the way you view the world.
Branko Milanovic
Antifragile by @nntaleb is, I thought when I read it & I think even more now, a book that anyone concerned with complexity, robustness, extreme events & thus with globalization, supply chains, epidemics, invasions and balloons should read.      source
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Making It Count
Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People's Republic of China (Histories of Economic Life, 24)
Arunabh Ghosh - 2020-03-31
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A history of how Chinese officials used statistics to define a new society in the early years of the People’s Republic of China...
Branko Milanovic
@guo_xuguang Really enjoying. It is an excellent book & a great tool for getting to know better how Chinese statistics work, their history, and even the underlying philosophy. I expect to write a Substack piece on the book in a week or so.      source
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Game Theory
A Critical Introduction
Shaun Hargreaves-Heap, Yanis Varoufakis - 1995-03-30
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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....
Branko Milanovic
Since somebody wrote about Varoufakis "not being good at game theory" I wanted to share this book that I read many years ago & still do from time to time, co-authored by Varoufakis:      source
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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman - 2009-07-22 (first published in 1962)
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Discover the fascinating events and people that led to World War I with this Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The author, Barbara Tuchman, provides intricate details and an expert understanding of the subject that will leave readers captivated. Throughout this historical survey, Tuchman reveals how the war started, why it began, and how it could have been prevented. THE GUNS OF AUGUST offers an engaging perspective on a critical moment in world history that is not to be missed.
Branko Milanovic
@plkrstnjn I have read both of these books. Both excellent, but prefer The Guns of August. Thanks for the suggestion.      source
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The Best and the Brightest
David Halberstam - 1993-10-26 (first published in 1969)
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Explore the tragedy of the Vietnam War through the lens of America's flawed policy makers in this enthralling masterpiece. The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam delves deep into the forces that led America into the conflict and ultimately to defeat. Magnificently written and considered the definitive volume on the subject, this American classic is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand this pivotal moment in history.
Branko Milanovic
I am reading on vacation David Helberstam's "The Best and the Brightest". It's an excellent book; super well researched, often ironic, with a wealth of unknown details. Here is Rostow, the originator of the theory of Third World Dev't, the ideological father of the World Bank.      source
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Origins of the Chinese Revolution, 1915-1949
Lucien Bianco - 1971-06-01
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Explore the origins, rise, and triumph of Chinese Communism in this acclaimed survey. Delve into the dynamic social forces that propelled the Communists to power in just three decades, and discover how Marxism and nationalism played vital roles in their success. From failed reforms to the influence of imperialism, this book offers a fresh and bold interpretation of the revolutionary period.
Branko Milanovic
An excellent book (just finished it). Short, incisive, clearly written book on the origins of Chinese revolution by the French sinologist Lucien Bianco.      source
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Power, Pleasure, and Profit
Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
David Wootton - 2018-10-08
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Explore the evolution of Western thought on power, pleasure, and profit over four centuries with this insightful book. David Wootton demonstrates how religious conflict and the Scientific Revolution led to new ideas about politics, ethics, and economics. As the emphasis on godliness and Aristotelian virtue lessened, rational pursuit of personal gain rose to prominence. Discover the fascinating historical developments that shape our contemporary values.
Branko Milanovic
Thinking of Adam Smith today, I thought I would recommend this book. I found it erudite without being pretentious, well-written without using complex phraseology, enlightening without being over-bearing.      source
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The Triumph of Broken Promises
The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism
Fritz Bartel - 2022-06-28
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Discover a pathbreaking study that explores the link between the end of the Cold War and the rise of neoliberalism. In "The Triumph of Broken Promises," Fritz Bartel argues that the economic shocks of the 1970s forced governments to impose austerity on their own people, making promises of better living untenable. This book traces the pressure to break promises that spurred the end of the Cold War and the rise of neoliberalism around the world. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the forces that shaped our modern political and economic landscape.
Branko Milanovic
An excellent book with a ground-breaking methodological approach to the period of 1970s-1980s.      source
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