An excellent book presenting compelling evidence that homeowners’ distress exacerbated and prolonged the 2008-10 US recession; exposes the continued distortions in the financial system and the failure of policy makers to learn essential lessons and take appropriate actions.
The best all-round account of the global financial crisis and what we should do to reduce the chances of a repetition.
Wolf offers an insightful and brutal analysis of the broad political and economic forces that have shaped the global economy in recent years, particularly in Europe.
Wolf’s book sets the crisis in the context of structural problems that set the stage for the crisis, many of which have not been mitigated (indeed some amplified) by policy hyperactivity in the wake of the crisis. While not all of the diagnoses and future policy suggestions ring true, this book will stand the test of time as an introduction to the complexity of problems that presaged the crisis.
At a time when the world has little or no order, Henry Kissinger’s “World Order” is indispensable reading. Informed by a long view of centuries of history, the author demonstrates why our diplomacy must be rooted in a genuine engagement between cultures, rigorous pragmatism and, yes, realpolitik. Henry makes clear the dangers of ambivalence in the face of the apparent landscape of disorder before us, and reminds us of the only path forward: If we are to defend our principles, we must set out to prove them.
A profound meditation on the global system we need but may not have.
Kissinger’s valuable reflections on geopolitics and the balance of power after a lifetime of research and experience.
This is ostensibly a cookbook, but the preparations are too complicated for most of us to actually cook from. Skip the recipes and enjoy this as a splendid cultural atlas of history, culture, and also photography. After you read this book, you will want to visit the region three more times and I don’t mean Cancun.
More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read . . . Brooks’s deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.
While Brooks died in 1993, this recently rereleased collection of business stories from his New Yorker articles decades ago brings classic explanations of growth (Xerox Corp.’s early years) and poor decisions (Ford Motor Co.’s problematic launch of the Edsel) that should inform and captivate business executives and students of business alike.
Edward O. Wilson at his wisest, about the place of humanity in nature and the meaning of it all.
A remarkable account of consciousness by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists.
An optimistic analysis of the breathtaking technological changes that are changing both the workplace and our homes; provides us with a terrific feel for our rapidly changing world, including what it takes to better understand and navigate it.
I enjoyed how the authors describe that, unlike the Industrial Revolution, the digital revolution has created technology that replaces human labor instead of complementing it. The authors urge that this unprecedented pace of innovation should both excite us and prompt us to reflect on our values and choices.
An important contribution to the economics of the new age of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right; we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology. The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it. I’ll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don’t.