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Book Reviews

Information glut is rampant. Here's our effort to filter your local bookstore.
Will Venture Capitalists Drive the Next Spectacular Breakthrough? Arnold Kling 09/29/2014
Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a provocative and stimulating book, however, the Silicon Valley institutional structure may not drive the future as much as it has the recent past.
Piketty's Political Hunch George L. Priest 07/05/2014
In the many reviews of Thomas Piketty's 'Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century,' there has been no careful analysis of the author's conceptual structure.
Nader’s Pitch for a Left-Right Convergence James K. Glassman 05/28/2014
Ralph Nader’s new book shows his zeal for finding and promoting left-right solutions.
Lost, in Theory Robert McHenry 05/01/2014
A new book holds that full and faithful translation from one language to another is not possible, hence World Literature cannot be.
Dr. Murray's Guide to Getting Ahead Stan A. Veuger 04/10/2014
Charles Murray’s new book addresses topics ranging from the specifics of day-to-day workplace behavior to the ultimate sources of human flourishing.
The Death of Money James Rickards 04/09/2014
The prospect of the dollar failing, and the international monetary system with it, looks increasingly inevitable. The dollar nearly ceased to function as the world’s reserve currency in 1978, and similar symptoms can be seen today.
Tribal Wisdom in Modern Times Michael M. Rosen 03/19/2014
An ambitious new book grapples with some of the thorniest socio-moral questions ever to have bedeviled political philosophers, falling short when it attempts to apply its meta-morality to a practical issue.
5 Years After the Crash, What do Americans Think of Wall Street, Banks, and Free Enterprise? Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg 09/13/2013
While many have investigated the causes of the financial crash, few have examined the public’s reaction to it.
James Q. Wilson and the Defense of Moral Judgment Sally Satel 08/08/2013
Twenty years ago, James Q. Wilson powerfully articulated the idea that humans’ moral sense is innate, not learned.
Information, the Entrepreneur, and George Gilder’s New Economic Thinking Arnold Kling 07/17/2013
George Gilder’s vision of data-driven capitalism has much to recommend it, but caution is warranted.