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Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy…

Animal Spirits was written by two well-known economists (George Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller), with many well-regarded books to their names. It’s about a fascinating subject: behavioral economics and how human psychology affects market decisions. It received many impressive blurbs for its book jacket. The subject is very intriguing, it dove-tails nicely with many of […]


Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics

Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson was also recommended by an economics instructor, I think as a counter-balance to the Keynesians I’d been reading. The book was originally written in 1946, and the version I read was updated in 1978. Even with the ’78 revision, I felt like I was in a town hall or […]


The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World

I picked this next economics book based on Amazon reviews and the fact that the author writes for The Economist. Turns out my selection criteria were ineffective. Greg Ip’s The Little Book of Economics is little: just 250 pages, lots of white space, lots of excerpts duplicated in highlight boxes and a little book, physically. […]


The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

After Naked Economics, I asked my economics instructors and my economics-savvy friends for some more book recommendations. Paul Krugman’s Depression Economics made all their lists (although several of them told me that they did not agree with his politics). So now I’m a Paul Krugman fan. His writing style (in both the book and in […]


A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East–from the Cold War to the War on Terror

…If you’re looking for a well-written book on this very painful subject, A World of Trouble is a good place to start… […]