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Slouching Towards Utopia
An Economic History of the Twentieth Century
J. Bradford DeLong - 2022-09-06
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An instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from one of the world’s leading economists, offering a grand narrative of the century that made us richer than ever, yet left us unsatisfied. "A magisterial history."—​Paul Krugman Before 1870, humanity lived in dire poverty, with a slow crawl of invention offset by a growing population. ...
Matt O'Brien
Do yourself a favor and read @delong's opus on the economic history of the 20th century, Slouching Towards Utopia. No question one of the best books I've read this year.      source
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The Fate of Rome
Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (The Princeton History of the Ancient World, 2)
Kyle Harper - 2019-04-09
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How climate change and disease helped to bring down the Roman EmpireHere is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome's power--a story...
Matt O'Brien
That, by the way, is from Kyle Harper’s so far excellent book, The Fate of Rome, on the role of climate & disease in causing the downfall of the empire      source
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Trade Wars Are Class Wars
How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace
Matthew C. Klein - 2020-05-19
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A provocative look at how today’s trade conflicts are caused by governments promoting the interests of elites at the expense of workers Trade disputes are usually understood as conflicts between countries with competing national interests, but as Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis show in this book, they are often the unexpected result of domestic...
Matt O'Brien
This is a point @M_C_Klein has made well (and you should buy his book Trade Wars Are Class Wars): China really is an example of trickle-down economics. China’s tax system is extremely regressive, and almost all of the government's subsidies go to the rich/well connected.      source