What to read in 2013, part 1

A quick browse through some of the publishers’ catalogues reveals plenty of enticing new books due out this winter and spring. I’ll start with a selection from some of the university presses.

From my own publisher Princeton University Press, a lot of economics and finance titles coming out. One I’ve read in proof and will be reviewing is The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy by Michael Pettis, an outstanding book. Others that look enticing are Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson; Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman; and The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil.

Yale University Press will be bringing out Stephen King’s When The Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence; and at the same time (May) Timothy Beardson’s Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future. Sounds like they need to be read as a pair. I also like the look of Emma Griffin’s Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the Industrial Revolution.

Oxford University Press has forthcoming books looking at a couple of very important issues, global governance and corporate governance. There’s Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it by Ian Goldin; and Firm Commitment Why the corporation is failing us and how to restore trust in it by Colin Mayer.

At Cambridge University Press, the range of titles includes quite a few that intrigue me: Outsourcing Economics: Global Value Chains in Capitalist Development by William Milberg and Deborah Winkler; An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups and Networks by Paul Frijters and Gigi Foster; and Wall Street Values: Business Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis by Michael A. Santoro and Ronald J. Strauss are among them.

In the spring, the University of Chicago Press is bringing out a new book by the excellent science writer Philip Ball, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. I’m very interested in Political Arithmetic: Simon Kuznets and the Empirical Tradition in Economics by Robert Fogel; and somewhat interested in both The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America by Gail Radford; and The Great Inflation: The Rebirth of Modern Central Banking by Michael D. Bordo.

Out any time now from MIT Press is Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, edited by Robert Cull, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt and Jonathan Morduch. Given the interest economists have in robots at present, maybe we should all read Robot Futures by roboticist Illah Reza Nourbakhsh. I like the look of America’s Assembly Line by David E Nye and James Heckman’s Giving Kids a Fair Chance (A Strategy that Works) – Heckman being one of the first economists to identify the importance of early years upbringing and education for both private and social outcomes.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of either academic publishers or their titles, and other suggestions will be welcome. I’ll report on what’s in the catalogues of some of the general publishers another time.
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  2. The banks caused the financial crisis, which caused the present economic crisis. The economic crisis has been forced on us by banks refusing credit to good business, diverting the funds of Nations to anywhere but the Real Economy.

    How many books do you need to read to understand that?

    Do any of them have solutions?

    The most radical, and a simple stroke of genius, is to dynamically link bank corporation tax and banker’s top-rate income tax to the level of unemployment. As jobless level rises, so does bankers income tax, and the banks are charged the cost of unemployment benefits; a two-pronged feedback mechanism in other words.
    It then becomes in the banks and bankers best interests to grow the real economy – end of economic crisis.
    Right now banks and bankers have zero to negative interest in the real economy.

    I’ve not heard anyone give any intelligent reason as to why this will not work.

    Have a look at my website: BailoutSwindle.com.