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Winter Reading List December 2011 N.Sheflin Rutgers University No order, no theme, just books I liked, in order of the most recently read. Recently, the financial crisis predominates. Disclosure: many were audible books * marks exceptionally good books Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman just started it, by the Nobel prize winning psychologist and behavioral economist. Most interesting presentation of modern psychological insights into economic and other behavior. Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by by Sylvia Nasar Basically “lives of some interesting economists” ; not really a history of economics or economic thought, just a glimpse of the personal, sex, and professional lives of some interesting economists. The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow An interesting and light discussion of probability, statistics and bayes law. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David G. McCullough, 2011. Americans abroad in the early 19 th Century – remarkable who went and what they brought back. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives, Steven Levy (2011) quick history of google and interesting insight into what makes it tick. *The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, Gregg Ip Quite good. Short, topical overview of macro with little jargon, no graphs, Not perfect, but a good way to pull together what you learned (or didn’t) in intro macro. Keynes, The Return of the Master, Robert Skidelsky, Starts with a bang, then gets a bit dense. Short. *Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow You didn’t know much about George. Great read, wonderful tidbits, American history the way textbooks should do it. *Aftershock, Robert Reich Provocative, quick, well-argued, but debatable outlook and cures for the coming ‘aftershock’ from a liberal/left-wing but very smart labor economist. Crisis Economics , Nouriel Roubini, Stephen Mihm From Dr. Doom - a bit dense, but some interesting tidbits about the recent financial crisis. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, by Simon Johnson. Hard to remember what it is about. The Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell fascinating analysis or pop sociology of how trends, fads, and epidemics start and propagate, from Paul Revere’s warning to drugs and teenagers. Meltdown Iceland ,
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