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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More, and yet still more – two more publishers’ forthcoming economics titles

Today’s look ahead to the first half of 2022 is a double header (because I realise there are still quite a lot of publishers to get to): Yale and Harvard University Presses.

Harvard first. Thomas Piketty has another book in April, A Brief History of Equality. Others that look potentially interesting to econ and business readers: Growth for Good: Reshaping capitalism to save humanity from climate catastophe by Alessio Terzi; Democratizing Finance: The radical promise of fintech by Marion Laboure and Nicolas Deffrennes; Exporting Capitalism: Private enterprise and US foreign policy by Ethan Kapstein; and The Meddlers: Soveriegnity, empire and the birth of global economic governance by Jamie Martin.

9780674273559Turning to Yale, there’s The Return of the State: and why it is essential for our health, wealth and happiness, by Graeme Garrard; The New Goliaths: How corporations use software to dominate industries… by James Bessen (it will be a must-read for me but too long a subtitle!); An Economist Goes to the Game by Paul Oyer (economics of sport); and The Modem World: A prehistory of social media by Kevin Driscoll.



Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press

Continuing my look ahead at the spring or first half catalogues for new economics books, I’m very excited about Cambridge University Press’s Understanding the Public-Private Divide: Markets, Governments and Time Horizons by Avner Offer – having read a draft of an article that builds on it. Another one on my personal reading list will be The Economics of Firm Productivity: Concepts, Tools and Evidence by Carlo Altomonte and Filippo di Mauro.

A poignant release will be Some Cambridge Controversies in the Theory of Capital: 50th anniversary edition by the late Geoffrey Harcourt.

And there are among the others a few that look particularly interesting.  From Vito Tanzi there is Fragile Futures: The Uncertain Economics of Disasters, Pandemics, and Climate Change. There is also The Future of Asian Capitalism by Simon Commander and Saul Estrin. And Trade in Knowledge: Intellectual property, trade and development in a transformed global economy edited by Antony Taubman & Jayashree Watal.

This isn’t a complete list – I’ve picked out the ones that are either of interest to me or look like they might be of more general interest. Plenty more forthcoming titles in the economics section of the catalogue.



Next look ahead – MIT Press, spring 2022

Today, MIT Press. As ever, there are several intriguing technology titles that caught my eye, but to start with the business and economics, I spotted There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women: Making Finance Work for Women by Mary Ellen Iskenderian, The Digital Multinational by Satish Nambisan and Yadong Luo, Work Without Jobs: How to reboot your onrganization’s operating system by Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau, and Buy Now: How Amazon Branded Convenience and Normalized Monopoly by Emily West. Also – beacuse the author Nate Hilger waved to me on Twitter – The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and FIx Our Inequality Crisis.

Also Too Much Information: Understanding What You Don’t Want to Know by the astoundingly prolific Cass Sunstein; and what economist could resist peeking at Doing Economics: What you Should Have Learned in Grad School but Didn’t by Marc Bellmare? Just in case.

And among the tech and innovation books, my eye was caught by Born in Cambridge: 400 years of ideas and innovators by Karen Weintraub and Michael Kuchta, a history of innovation in Cambridge MA, around Harvard and MIT;  Machines Like Us: Towards AI with common sense by Ronald Brachman & Hector Levesque; and also Terra Forma: A Book of Speculative Maps by Frederique Ait-Touati, Alexandra Arenes and Axelle Gregoire – most intriguing: “The maps are “living maps,” always under construction, spaces where stories and situations unfold. They may map the Earth’s underside rather than its surface, suggest turning the layers of the Earth inside out, link the biological physiology of living inhabitants and the physiology of the land, or trace a journey oriented not by the Euclidean space of GPS but by points of life. These speculative visualizations can constitute the foundation for a new kind of atlas.”

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