Wealth of Nations IV-V

Adam Smith
Penguin, 1999, 676 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Smith's The Wealth of Nations was the first comprehensive treatment of political economy. Originally delivered in the form of lectures at Glasgow, the book's publication in 1776 co-incided with America's Declaration of Independence. These volumes include Smith's assessment of the mercantile system, his advocacy of the freedom of commerce and industry, and his famous prophecy that 'America will be one of the foremost nations of the world'."

Wealth of Nations I-III

Adam Smith
Penguin, 1982, 570 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Books I - III of The Wealth of Nations examine the 'division of labour' as the key to economic growth, by ensuring the interdependence of individuals within society. They also cover the origins of money and the importance of wages, profit, rent and stocks; but the real sophistication of his analysis derives from the fact that it encompasses a combination of ethics, philosophy and history to create a vast panorama of society."

On Liberty

Stuart Mill
Pengin, 2007, 248 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Two cornerstones of liberalism from the great social radical of English philosophy John Stuart Mill was a prodigious thinker who sharply challenged the beliefs of his age. In On Liberty, one of the sacred texts of liberalism, he argues that any democracy risks becoming a 'tyranny of opinion' in which minority views are suppressed if they do not conform to those of the majority. The Subjection of Women, written shortly after the death of Mill's wife, Harriet, stresses the importance of sexual equality."

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

David Landes
W.W. Norton & Co., 1999, 658 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance."

World is Flat

Thomas Friedman
Picador, 2007, 673 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also includes two new chapters - on how to be a political activist and social entrepreneur in a flat world; and on the more troubling question of how to manage our reputations and privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures."

The Bottom Billion

Paul Collier
Oxford University Press, 2007, 228 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. A struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders - and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance.

Capitalism and Freedom

Milton Friedman
University of Chicago Press, 2009, 228 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy—one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on."

Collapse

Jared Diamond
Penguin, 2011, 621 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland."

Guns, Germes and Steel

Jared Diamond
Vintage Digital, 2013, 480 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians. An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel is a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science."

An Essay

Thomas Malthus
Oxford University Press, 1993, 209 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"As the world's population continues to grow at a rapid rate, Malthus's classic warning against overpopulation gains ever more importance. An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) examines the tendency of human numbers to outstrip their resources: better economic conditions lead inevitably to lower mortality rates; poor relief encourages the poorest and most irresponsible to multiply; reproduction exceeds food production."

The Son Also Rises

Gregory Clark, Neil Cummins & Yu Hao
Princeton University Press, 2014, 364 pp. 
Descrição da editora:

"The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries. Using a novel technique—tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods—renowned economic historian Gregory Clark reveals that mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies."

 

A Farewell to Alms

Gregory Clark
Princenton University Press, 2008, 431 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution - and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it - occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Why didn't industrialization make the whole world rich - and why did it make large parts of the world even poorer? In A Farewell to Alms, Gregory Clark tackles these profound questions and suggests a new and provocative way in which culture - not exploitation, geography, or resources - explains the wealth, and the poverty, of nations."

How Markets Fail

John Cassidy
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009, 401 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"For fifty years, economists have been developing elegant theories of how markets facilitate innovation, create wealth, and allocate society's resources efficiently. But what about when they fail, when they lead us to stock market bubbles, glaring inequality, polluted rivers, and credit crunches? In How Markets Fail, John Cassidy describes the rising influence of "utopian economies"—the thinking that is blind to how real people act and that denies the many ways an unregulated free market can bring on disaster."

Fragile by Design

Charles Calomiris & Stephen Haber
Princeton University Press, 2014, 570 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Fragile by Design is a revealing exploration of the ways that politics inevitably intrudes into bank regulation. Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber combine political history and economics to examine how coalitions of politicians, bankers, and other interest groups form, why some endure while others are undermined, and how they generate policies that determine who gets to be a banker, who has access to credit, and who pays for bank bailouts and rescues."

A Splendid Exchange

William Bernstein
Grove Press, 2009, 496 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Acclaimed by readers and critics around the globe, A Splendid Exchange is a sweeping narrative history of world trade—from Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C. to the firestorm over globalization today—that brilliantly explores trade’s colorful and contentious past and provides new insights into its future."

The Most Noble Adventure

Greg Behrman
Free Press, 2007, 484 pp.

Descrição da editora:

"In this landmark, character-driven history, Greg Behrman tells the story of the Marshall Plan, the unprecedented and audacious policy through which America helped rebuild World War II-ravaged Western Europe. With nuanced, vivid prose, Behrman recreates the story of a unique American enterprise that was at once strategic, altruistic and stunningly effective, and of a time when America stood as a beacon of generosity and moral leadership."

Uncommon Sense

Gary Becker e Richard Posner
University of Chicago Press, 2009, 384 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"To have a single thinker of the stature of the Nobel Prize-winning Gary S. Becker or the renowned Richard A. Posner addressing questions like legalization of gay marriage, sale of human organs for transplant or utility of collective punishment would make for fascinating reading; to have both, writing and responding to each other, is an exceptionally rare treat. With Uncommon Sense, they invite the adventurous reader to join them on a whirlwind intellectual journey. All they ask is that you leave your preconceptions behind."

The Bastiat Collection

Frédéric Bastiat
Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2011, 1065 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Thus does this collection, totaling 1,000 pages plus extensive indexes, represent some of the best economics ever written. Bastiat was the first, and one of the very few, to be able to convincingly communicate the basic propositions of economics. This collection — possibly more than anything ever written about economics — is the antidote for economic illiteracy regarding such things as the inadvisability of tariffs and price controls, and everyone from the novice to the PhD economist will benefit from reading it."

Poor Economics

Abhijit Banerjee e Esther Duflo
PublicAffairs, 2012, 324 pp.

Descrição da editora:

"Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two practical visionaries working toward ending world poverty, answer these questions from the ground.

The Upside of Irrationality

Dan Ariely
HarperCollins, 2010, 368 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Behavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely returns to offer a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence our dating lives, our workplace experiences, and our temptation to cheat in any and all areas."