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Stephen Kinsella is an Irish economist. He is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick's Kemmy Business School in Ireland and a columnist with Ireland's Sunday Business Post. He has written a number of books about the Irish economy.
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Democracy For Sale
Dark Money and Dirty Politics
Peter Geoghegan - May 14, 2020
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'If you're concerned about the health of British democracy, read this book – it is thorough, gripping and vitally important' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland.Democracy is in crisis, and unaccountable and untraceable flows of money are helping to destroy it.Politicians lie gleefully, making wild claims that can be shared instantly with millions ...
Stephen Kinsella
Feb 27, 2021
@carolmhunt @Conor_Devine Class book. Loved it.      source
The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - Jul 12, 1975 (first published in 1974)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
Stephen Kinsella
Feb 20, 2021
@FeargalORourke I read the first 2 LBJs yonks ago-but tbh I love The Power Broker the most as a book. It's such a study in power.      source
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Titan
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Ron Chernow - Mar 30, 2004 (first published in 1998)
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul "etched with uncommon objectivity a...
Stephen Kinsella
Feb 15, 2021
So you have the Jeff Bezos of his era being absolutely hammered by one of the first investigative journalists. I'd recommend reading/listening to Titan. But I'd love to see it on screen. Make it happen @Netflix.      source
Intimations
Smith Zadie - Jan 01, 2020
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Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our timeFrom the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and...
Stephen Kinsella
Jan 31, 2021
A cool little book by Zadie Smith, with this quote from Kierkegaard on the necessity for delusions, even hypocrisies, to get us places.      source
Extrastatecraft
The Power of Infrastructure Space
Keller Easterling - Aug 16, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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Extrastatecraft controls everyday life in the city: it’s the key to power – and resistance – in the twenty-first century. Infrastructure is not only the underground pipes and cables controlling our cities. It also determines the hidden rules that structure the spaces all around us – free trade zones, smart cities, suburbs, and shopping malls. Extra...
Stephen Kinsella
Dec 06, 2020
This book is turning into a delight. Thanks @Niamh_NicGhabh and colleagues for the recommendation.      source
Champagne Football
John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football
Mark Tighe - Dec 17, 2020
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Over the course of fifteen years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and t...
Stephen Kinsella
Oct 03, 2020
Just finished Champagne Football by ⁦@marktigheST⁩ & ⁦@paulrowantree⁩. Spent most of the book saying ‘Jaysus’ out loud. For me it’s a perfect way to learn about governance by observing the consequences of the lack of governance.      source
Humankind
A Hopeful History
Rutger Bregman - Jun 02, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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From the author of New York Times bestseller UTOPIA FOR REALISTS, a revolutionary argument that the innate goodness and cooperation of human beings has been the greatest factor in our success.If one basic principle has served as the bedrock of bestselling author Rutger Bregman's thinking, it is that every progressive idea -- whether it was the abol...
Stephen Kinsella
May 31, 2020
@adamdeeyto Yes. I think he over eggs it somewhat but it is well written and thought provoking. And destroys some of the basic bits of pop psychology I’ve always had a problem with.      source
This is Going to Hurt
Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Adam Kay - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. ...
Stephen Kinsella
May 23, 2020
@eoinefla Yep, read that, then Henry Marsh's, then this one. Am on a sort of medical roll!      source
Unnatural Causes
Richard Shepherd - Aug 01, 2019
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As the UK's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Sh...
Stephen Kinsella
May 23, 2020
I recommend this book by distinguished forensic pathologist Richard Shepherd. Read the last paragraph of this chapter.      source
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
Norman F Dixon - May 31, 2016 (first published in 1976)
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The Crimea, the Boer War, the Somme, Tobruk, Pearl Harbor, the Bay of Pigs: these are just some of the milestones in a century of military incompetence, of costly mishaps and tragic blunders. Are these simple accidents—as the “bloody fool” theory has it—or are they inevitable?The psychologist Norman F. Dixon argues that there is a pattern to inept ...
Stephen Kinsella
Oct 18, 2019
@EXECUTIVESTEVE Singapore is a case study Dixon goes through, it's a great book. Very well written. And shocking.      source
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Neil Postman - Dec 27, 2005 (first published in 1985)
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Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to with...
Stephen Kinsella
Aug 01, 2019
@AlanReillyIRL @t0nyyates @WhelanKarl Yes! Fantastic book. So glad you're re-reading it.      source
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Ireland, 1912-1985 by Joseph J. Lee
Factfulness by Hans Rosling