A final installment – econ books in 2022

There are certainly books I’ll have missed in my somewhat haphazard look through the catalogues. Previous days’ posts have looked at the offerings from some university presses. Today, here is a brief round up of economics books (and any others that appeal to me) from general publishers – again, it will be less than comprehensive. But there’s still going to be plenty to read this spring & summer. Happy New Year to all!

So, in no particular order, except for the first and last:

Digital Republic is by our Bennett Institute affiliate Jamie Susskind – digital tech and politics.

A few from the Penguin stable especially Allen Lane:

The Price of Time – Edward Chancellor -a history of interest rates

The Power Law – Sebastian Mallaby – about the venture capital business

A Pipeline Runs Through It – Keith Fisher – a history of oil

British Rail by Christian Wolmar – who surely knows all there is to know about railways

Bill Gates on How To Prevent the Next Pandemic (no microchips involved)

The World for Sale by Javier Blas & Jack Farchy, about commodity trading

And a reissue of a 1944 classic, Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams

And some others:

The BBC: A People’s History – David Hendy (it is the BBC’s centenary year after all)

Money in One Lesson – Gavin Jackson

The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy by Christopher Leonard, about QE, will appeal to some readers.

Also on my list, The Hong Kong Diaries – Chris Patten – because I worked with him for some time at the BBC Trust.

Last but not least, a fantastic upcoming offering from my Perspectives series with London Publishing Partnership is Stephanie Hare on tech ethics: Technology is Not Neutral.

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More to read in 2022 – OUP

I’ll do two more look-ahead posts: Oxford University Press today and a number of non-university press publishers tomorrow.

Top of the OUP list for me has to be DIsorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century by my dear colleague Helen Thompson. I read the draft – it’s fantastic, making sense of current geopolitical upheaval.

I’ll be very interested in Keith Tribe’s Constructing Economic Science: The Invention of a Disciplein 1850-1950 (although it’s a ridiculous price so I won’t be buying it.)

Given my past career, I’ll also be very interested to read Simon Potter’s history, This is the BBC: Entertaining the Nation, Speaking for Britain 1922-2022. (I have an article forthcoming in Philosophy about the need for a public service option in digital territory.)

Another history title of relevance to political economy issues is Rachel Bowlby’s Back to the Shops: The HIgh Street in History and The Future. The Digital Continent: Placing Africa in Planetary Networks of Work by Mohammad Amir Anwar and Mark Graham looks quite interesting, and is also open access. The well-known CIty guru Andrew Smithers has The Economics of the Stock Market out in March (although it doesn’t yet seem to have a page on the OUP website).

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