It’s always tough whittling down the list of books I’ve read in the past 12 months to the top 10 or 12, but here goes. The rules are: I’ve read it since this time last year (publication date is irrelevant); my choice is completely personal, idiosyncratic and final; the prize is that I offer to take the winner out for lunch or dinner should we ever be in the same city.
Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution – Rebecca Spang (review)
House of Debt – Atif Mian and Amir Sufi (review)
Rise and Fall of American Growth – Robert Gordon (review)
Global Inequality – Branko Milanovic (I reviewed this in Democracy)
The Great Invention – Ehsan Masood (I reviewed this in Nature)
Platform Revolution – Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary (review)
Matchmakers – David Evans and Richard Schmalensee (review)
The Inner Lives of Markets – Ray Fisman and Tim O’Sullivan (review)
Messy – Tim Harford (will be reviewing soon)
A Culture of Growth – Joel Mokyr (I’ve reviewed it for the FT – to be published soon)
Bourgeois Equality – Deirdre McCloskey (I reviewed this for the FT too)
Ghettoside – Jill Leovy (review)
Capital Without Borders – Brooke Harrington (review)
The Moral Economy – Sam Bowles (review)
The alert will realise this is 14 titles, but I’ll postpone the hard decision until later this month.
PS apologies for the fact that Amazon links are broken in old posts. I had tech problems this summer and the fix meant removing the old widget.
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