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Max Roser is an economist, philosopher, and media critic who focusses on large global problems such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality. He is currently a research director in economics at the University of Oxford.
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The Origin of Wealth
The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society
Eric D. Beinhocker - 2007-09-14 (first published in 2006)
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Over 6.4 billion people participate in a $36.5 trillion global economy, designed and overseen by no one. How did this marvel of self-organized complexity evolve? How is wealth created within this system? And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society? In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that m...
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@GRobLewis @EricBeinhocker I know. For many years I was sitting in the office next to his. Good Book!      source
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The Places In Between
Rory Stewart - 2006-05-08 (first published in 2004)
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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night h...
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@charlesjkenny @RoryStewartUK I should include this when I rewrite this Have you read his book about his walk through Afghanistan? I liked that one a lot.      source
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Development as Freedom
Amartya Sen - 2000-08-15
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By the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development—for both rich and poor—in the twenty-first century. Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire popula...
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Some are asking me here about my views on different aspects of development goals. My view is pretty much the view of Amartya Sen as he lays it out in Development as Freedom. If you haven’t read it yet, I really recommend it. It is the book that made me want to study economics.      source
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By D.A. Henderson - Smallpox
The Death of a Disease (1st Edition)
D. A. Henderson - 2009-06-01
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For more than 3000 years, hundreds of millions of people have died or been left permanently scarred or blind by the relentless, incurable disease called smallpox. In 1967, Dr. D.A. Henderson became director of a worldwide campaign to eliminate this disease from the face of the earth.This spellbinding book is Dr. Henderson’s personal story of how he...
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@TimHarford @jasoncrawford wrote this very good essay about it On Our World in Data we have an entire entry (it's mostly focusing on the data though) Henderson's 'Smallpox: The Death of a Disease' is a good book.      source
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The Precipice
Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity
Toby Ord - 2020-03-24
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This urgent and eye-opening book makes the case that protecting humanity's future is the central challenge of our time. If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Our species could survive for billions of years - enough time to end disease, poverty, and injustice, and to flourish in ways unimaginable today. But this vast future is at risk. ...
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The world can have a very good future, but there are risks that can mean that we don't have a future at all. We should be thinking about those risks now. Toby Ord's book is about those risks and I very, very much recommend it.      source
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Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent...
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If you haven't read the book, I very much recommend it. – Here is the book's site: – On Amazon it has been rated very well by 3,691 readers. For the Kindle it costs only $2.99      source
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The Economics of Poverty
Martin Ravallion - 2016-01-06
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There are fewer people living in extreme poverty in the world today than 30 years ago. While that is an achievement, continuing progress for poor people is far from assured. Inequalities in access to key resources threaten to stall growth and poverty reduction in many places. The world's poorest have made only a small absolute gain over those 30 ye...
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@CalumDavey @bill_easterly @jasonhickel Historians study the history of global poverty and prosperity for a much longer time than the 80s. A great book on poverty over the long-run is Ravallion – The Economics of Poverty Or in more regional detail see @pseudoerasmus list of research      source
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Seeds of Science
Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs
Mark Lynas - 2018-06-26
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Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s--working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement--he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world--from New York to China--still think that 'GMO' foods are bad f...
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This year I was very impressed by @mark_lynas book 'Seeds of Science’ [ I recommend it If you are in favor of GMOs. And if you are against GMOs. It’s so very good because he always tries to find the strongest arguments against his view.      source