This book landed mysteriously one day on a chair in my office at the Federal Reserve Board, without attribution, while I was awaiting Senate confirmation for the Treasury. By the end of the first chapter I found myself transfixed by the first female cabinet secretary, who in 1936 was maneuvering her way through a new administration.
A wonderful reminder of the genius in many endeavors that drove development of the digital world, beginning with Ada Lovelace in the mid-19th century.
…weaves together dozens of stories of the innovators who contributed to the development of computers and the Internet…all the narratives thoroughly engaged me. It brings technology to life using simple and easy to understand language. It is a compelling account of the different qualities of innovators and the collaborative process of innovation.
A retelling of ‘Wuthering Heights’ set in postwar Japan. It had compelling characters, a unique mode of storytelling and an epic sweep.
One book I read although I totally disagreed with it is Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” He’s off the deep end, but it’s a worthwhile read because it’s at the pulse of people’s thinking on inequality.
Adds to our empirical understanding, challenges our prevailing assumptions and, in their rightness and in their wrongness, has initiated important debates. Got me to move beyond the traditional thinking about labor earnings inequality to better appreciate the role of capital income, including inherited wealth, in the large increase in inequality in recent decades. Not the last word, especially on policy prescriptions, but will help get us closer to the understanding and ideas that we need.
Any writer’s ability to be that honest is striking. I also really appreciated her own persistence in finishing the hike. It helped her deal with such profound issues, and it was a reminder to readers that there is a kind of a deep, sometime therapeutic value to persist in the face of an almost impossible task until you are done.
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.
An extraordinary book. It has received, in my view, far too little attention. Scarcity of goods, services, resources and time have all been analyzed to death. The scarcity that exists between our ears — our cognitive bandwidth — has scarcely been analyzed at all. Mullainathan and Shafir show that this neurological constraint is fundamental in explaining all manner of behaviors and outcomes, from unaffordable borrowing to measured IQs. The public policy implications are potentially profound.
In this engaging and eye-opening investigation, author Green marshals clear evidence that great teaching is a learned skill and that movements to fire-and-hire our way to a better national teaching force are bound to come up short. A compelling case for why we must, and how we can advance the art and science of teaching in America.