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Kaushik Basu is an Indian economist who was Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016. He is the C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, and academic advisory board member of upcoming Plaksha University.
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Why We Reject the Poor Instead of Helping Them
Professor Adela Cortina - 2022-11-15
Why "aporophobia"--rejection of the poor--is one of the most serious problems facing the world today, and how we can fight itIn this revelatory book, acclaimed political philosopher Adela Cortina makes an unprecedented assertion: the biggest problem facing the world today is the rejection of poor people. Because we can't recognize something we can'...
Kaushik Basu
Now in English, Adela Cortina’s book of sweeping ambition, clarity and kindness, on why we view the poor and the marginalized the way we do.      source
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Lincoln on the Verge
Thirteen Days to Washington
Ted Widmer - 2020-12-29
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WINNER OF THE LINCOLN FORUM BOOK PRIZE “A Lincoln classic...superb.” ­—The Washington Post “A book for our time.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin ...
Kaushik Basu
There are passages in this excellent book by Ted Widmer, which, if you did not know they were about those opposing Lincoln in 1860, you would think were about those supporting Trump on January 6, 2021 on the Capitol.      source
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli - 2016-02-29
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All the beauty of modern physics in fewer than a hundred pages.This is a book about the joy of discovery. A playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, it's already a major bestseller in Italy and the United Kingdom. Carlo Rovelli offers surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of general relativity, quantu...
Kaushik Basu
Breathtaking. ⁦@carlorovelli⁩’s book. A page-turner with only 79 pages to turn.      source
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Ever Newer Shores
Santi Chakrabarti - 2021-01-05
Life tends to take us through twists and turns, but sometimes it takes us on a journey that we could never have imagined. In this captivating autobiography, we follow the author from his idyllic childhood in a remote village in Bengal in British India, to his youth amidst poverty and hardship in post-Independence Kolkata, to England in the late 196...
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Chanced upon this book and so glad I did. Diary of Santi Chakrabarti, an economist with a nomadic soul and an anthropologist’s eye, who lived and worked in Kolkata, London, Nairobi and London and clearly loved them all.      source
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Nehru and Bose
Parallel Lives
Rudrangshu Mukherjee - 2015-09-01 (first published in 2014)
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Read Rudrangshu Mukherjee’s fascinating book Nehru & Bose. One matter on which Nehru & Bose shared the same values was in their secular instinct & in their desire to create an inclusive India. Rabindranath described Netaji & Nehru as the only “two genuine modernists.”      source
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Theory of Value
An Axiomatic Analysis of Economic Equilibrium (Cowles Foundation Monographs Series)
Gerard Debreu - 1972-09-10
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"[This] beautiful and austere book . . . [is] an important landmark of economic theory."—F.H. Hahn, Journal of Political Economy   "An immortal classic of twentieth century economics. Every economist should own a copy."—Robert Lucas, University of ChicagoTheory of Value offers a rigorous, axiomatic, and formal analysis of producer behavior, consume...
Kaushik Basu
My pick if I had to choose the 2 most original books in economics of the last 100 years. Debreu is like Euclid beautifully describing an entire economy one axiom at a time. Arrow is like Archimedes, discovering a stunning truth by nothing else but staring at reality & thinking.      source
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Sri Aurobindo for All Ages
A Biography
Nirodbaran - 1998-07-01 (first published in 1990)
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Kaushik Basu
I crossed over from 2020 to 2021 reading this book on Sri Aurobindo. Riveting read.      source
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The Economic Case for LGBT Equality
Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All (Queer Action/Queer Ideas)
M. V. Lee Badgett - 2020-05-19
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An economist demonstrates how LGBT equality and inclusion within organizations increases their bottom line and allows for countries' economies to flourishWe know that homophobia harms LGBT individuals in many ways, but economist M. V. Lee Badgett argues that in addition to moral and human rights reasons for equality, we can now also make a financia...
Kaushik Basu
Excellent book, both for reading and for following its advice of fairness and equal treatment for all human beings. ⁦@LeeBadgett⁩      source
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One River
Explorations And Discoveries In The Amazon Rain Forest
Wade Davis - 1996-09-03
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In 1974-75, Wade Davis and Tim Plowman traveled the length of South America, living among a dozen Indian tribes, collecting medicinal plants and searching for the origins of coca, the sacred leaf of the Andes and the notorious source of cocaine. It was a journey inspired and made possible by their Harvard mentor, Richard Evans Schultes, the most im...
Kaushik Basu
The dangers of narrow identity are captured well in Wade Davis’ fascinating book on the Amazon region—One River. A well-meaning sign in a train tells passengers to be mindful of other passengers and, hence, urges them to be civilized and throw garbage out of the window.      source
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Political Theology
Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty
Carl Schmitt - 2020-09-23 (first published in 1922)
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"Sovereign is he who decides on the exception." So begins Political Theology, the book that, marked Carl Schmitt as one of the most significant political and legal theoreticians of the 20th century. Writing amid the intense political and intellectual ferment of the early Weimar Republic, Schmitt argued that the essence of sovereignty ties in the ab...
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Reading an old classic & fascinating book written during the early years of the Weimar Republic by a fascist sympathizer & intellectual giant, Carl Schmitt, and translated into English & introduced by a holocaust survivor & outstanding scholar, George Schwab.      source
Fair Shot by Chris Hughes
Inequality by Anthony B. Atkinson
Demonetisation by Dewan & Sehgal
Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla
Indira by Sagarika Ghose
The Modern Monk by Hindol Sengupta
Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy
Calcutta by Manish Chakraborti
Letters for a Nation by Jawaharlal Nehru
Social Choice and Individual Values by Kenneth Joseph Arrow
Swami Vivekananda on Himself by Vivekananda
Money in the Bank by P. G. Wodehouse
The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas C. Schelling
Memoirs of European Travel by Swami Vivekananda
Letters of Swami Vivekananda by Swami Vivekananda