21 books on the list
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The Great Reversal
How America Gave Up on Free Markets
Explore the concentration of corporate power and the impact it has on the American economy in this thought-provoking book. Discover how lobbying and campaign contributions have defanged antitrust regulations and why American markets are giving up on healthy competition. Follow the author on his journey through cutting-edge research as he uncovers surprising conclusions about industry concentration in the US and Europe. Learn why it's time for the government to return to what it once did best: keeping the playing field level for competition.
This is the most important book on economics I've read in a while. It will explains how the United States went from being a vibrant free market with low prices for consumers to one in which oligopolies and monopolies abound and consumers get shafted with higher price. – source
Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word
How Six Everyday Products Make the Case for Trade
Explore the power of trade with a captivating tutorial by former Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Fred P. Hochberg. In "Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word," Hochberg breaks down the basics of modern trade using six quintessential American goods. From the taco salad to the iPhone, he shares colorful and compelling real-world examples to dispel widespread myths and confusions surrounding trade. Discover how trade has revolutionized our lives and learn the essential principles that everyone should know.
Hochberg has managed to do the seemingly impossible, write a breezy, smart, funny book about trade, he weaves in stories with the data, has a refreshingly informal voice and takes the reader on an entertaining ride. The bonus is he's right about the subject as well. – source
The Decadent Society
How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
"The Decadent Society" offers a powerful portrait of the stagnation and decay that define our turbulent times. As the Western world struggles with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline, society is caught in a strange kind of "sustainable decadence" that threatens to endure for longer than we think. Through a broad range of topics, from earthbound surveillance to recycling of Baby Boomer pop culture, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of our modern condition, offering insight into how we got here, how long our malaise might last, and how it might ultimately end."
I benefitted from reading this strikingly well-written book that ranges widely and intelligently over politics, economics, and culture, and captures something very essential about America today. – source
Also recommended byPeter ThielTyler Cowen
Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East
Explore the power politics in the Middle East and learn about Turkey's ambitions to become a great power, as author Soner Cagaptay delves into the presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. From a crackdown on dissent and journalistic freedoms, to breaking ranks with traditional Western allies and embracing an imperial-style foreign policy, Turkey faces unprecedented challenges. With historic adversaries resurging and a lack of support from former allies, is Erdogan's pursuit of power worth the risks? Find out in this insightful read.
This is the best book on Turkey today. Well-written, with good, short sections on the country's past, that then shed light on its present. – source
Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
This acclaimed book examines how geography shapes global politics, using ten crucial regions to explain the strategies of world powers. The author provides unique perspectives on Russia, China, the US, Latin America, and more, exploring how each country's physical characteristics impact their leadership and decision-making. Whether through ancient maps or Google Earth, this compelling read reveals how geography always plays a role in shaping our world.
Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics, by Time Marshall. This is a good idea superbly executed. The book explains the world starting with geography, which in many ways is an idea of a starting point. It explains Russia, Ukraine, Kashmir, Tibet, Iraq, all through the rich lands of the map. – source
The American Story
Conversations with Master Historians
Discover the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians! Co-founder of The Carlyle Group, David M. Rubenstein, captures the brilliance of esteemed historians, such as David McCullough, Ron Chernow and Bob Woodward. This Pulitzer Prize-winning author curated lively dialogues with these giants of history, offering fresh insights on pivotal moments from the Founding Era until the late 20th century. With an introduction from Rubenstein and a foreword from the first African American and woman to lead our national library, The American Story is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history.
It is superbly done, making for a rich wide-ranging discussion of American history. But because of the format, a very engaging one that is very easy to read and reread. – source
Don't Be Evil
How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us
"DON’T BE EVIL" by Rana Foroohar exposes how the biggest tech companies are hijacking our privacy, livelihoods, social fabric, and minds. From the loss of privacy to digital surveillance, misinformation to predatory algorithms, and engineered products that manipulate our desires, Rana Foroohar tells the true story of how big tech lost its soul. With 30 years of experience in business and technology, she exposes the true extent of how behemoths like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are monopolizing our data and attention. This book offers a plan to resist and create a framework that fosters innovation while protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.
This is a fascinating highly engaging account of the rise of big technology companies and how they have betrayed their ideals and endangered American democracy. It will make you think hard about something we tend to simply accept as normal. The way technology now dominates our lives and societies. – source
Blowout exposes the dark and corrupt world of the oil-and-gas industry, revealing how it has weakened democracies, destroyed environments, and propped up authoritarian regimes. From Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea, Rachel Maddow takes us on a riveting journey, highlighting the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. This book is a clarion call to stop subsidizing the wealthiest industry on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of predatory oil executives and their enablers. The stakes have never been higher: as Maddow writes, "Democracy either wins this one or disappears."
“Blowout” is a brilliant description of many of the problems caused by our reliance on fossil fuels. But it does not provide a path out of the darkness. My take on @maddow's latest book: – source
Also recommended bySu Mohan
The Meritocracy Trap
How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite
This book by esteemed Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits challenges the notion of meritocracy in American society. Markovits argues that the meritocratic ideal - that social and economic rewards should follow achievement rather than breeding - is a sham, perpetuating inequality and consolidating wealth and privilege across generations. The author draws from his personal experiences to expose the inner workings of the meritocratic machine and suggests steps towards a new world that values dignity and prosperity for all Americans.
This is the most interesting and provocative book I have read in a while. The author sits atop America's meritocracy. He is a Yale Law School Professor. But he argues that it has become a deeply dysfunctional and pernicious system causing crazed competition and anxiety for those on the inside succeeding and the sense of exclusion and isolation for those on the outside. – source
Also recommended byBranko MilanovicSam Freedman
Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
Explore the darker side of human nature with this highly anticipated book by one of today's top storytellers. Using history, psychology, and infamous legal cases, the author takes us on an intellectual adventure into the complexities of human interaction. Delve into the tragic consequences of misreading strangers and learn to challenge your assumptions in these troubled times. With original archival interviews and musical scoring, this enhanced audiobook edition brings the author's unparalleled storytelling to life.
I would say to you, it's a very good formula, and he executes it so well, making this book compulsively readable and insightful. Like all of his work, agree or not, it will make you think. – source
Also recommended byElizabeth WarrenMelinda GatesPatrick Bet-DavidMatthew KobachChris Fralic
The Guarded Gate by Daniel Okrent
Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman
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The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani
Destined for War by Graham Allison
Hit Makers by Derek Thompson
Hundred-Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury
Lee Kuan Yew by Graham Allison
The World Is Flat 3.0 by Thomas L. Friedman
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester