Winter Reading List
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,
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
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,
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,
You didn’t know much about George. Great read, wonderful tidbits,
American history the way textbooks should do it.
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.
, 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
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 ,