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The #1 bestseller in Latin America for the past year, this book describes underdeveloped countries of the Third World and how their internal economies and political alliances function. Photographs. less
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David FrumThe Other Path is not a book on the Peruvian economy: it’s a book on Third World economies. I should mention that I haven’t met Simon and I haven’t met Friedman but I know most of the people on this list personally and Hernando de Soto is probably the one I know best and admire hugely. In this book, he does an experiment. His team’s mission was to start a small textile factory with a dozen... (Source)

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Thinking about Crime

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David FrumIn 1974 if you asked Americans what their number one concern was, it wasn’t energy, though that was a time of gas lines. It was not unemployment, though there was a terrible recession. It was not inflation, though inflation was accelerating. It wasn’t the war in Vietnam; it wasn’t Watergate. The number one concern was crime. (Source)

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A Monetary History of the United States 1867-1960

Writing in the June 1965 issue of theEconomic Journal, Harry G. Johnson begins with a sentence seemingly calibrated to the scale of the book he set himself to review: The long-awaited monetary history of the United States by Friedman and Schwartz is in every sense of the term a monumental scholarly achievement--monumental in its sheer bulk, monumental in the definitiveness of its treatment of innumerable issues, large and small . . . monumental, above all, in the theoretical and statistical effort and ingenuity that have been brought to bear on the solution of complex and subtle... more

David FrumThere was an accepted understanding of why it was that the economy went into this searing experience for a generation of Americans and what it was that got the US out again. (Source)

Robert BarroIt’s clear that a lot of the policies that were put into place were negative, but as to sorting out how important they were, that’s much more challenging. (Source)

Christina RomerIf you buy only one economics book, it should be this. The book is important for our understanding of the Great Depression, but its impact goes far beyond that. Friedman and Schwartz show us that monetary events and monetary policy have affected real output throughout American history. (Source)

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The State of Humanity

This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of the state of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of the twentieth century. More than fifty scholars from all over the world present new, concise and accessible accounts of the present state of humanity and the prospects for its social and natural environment. The subjects range from deforestation, water pollution and ozone layer depletion to poverty, homelessness, mortality and murder. Each contributor considers the present situation, historical trends, likely future prospects, and the efficacy or otherwise of current... more
Recommended by David Frum, Mark Pellegrino, and 2 others.

David FrumSimon’s point is that there is nothing less natural than a natural resource. All of these things are developed by an investment of knowledge, effort and labour. People do that according to whether it pays. The natural way to think about natural resources is that there is so much copper in the ground and then, after you’ve dug it all up, you don’t have any more. And what he argued is no, the... (Source)

Mark Pellegrino@gnvrbyd @rickrepetti @rickballan @PrimateBri @platypusrex256 @LevelToPower @TeresaRJ3 @AynRand_is_Dead @wellsm8 @twisted_words @KeepItRealLuke @Musicfreak78 @lucidunity2 @angel_scoggins @TheMartyrSpeaks @MDSebach @_ad_libertatum_ @Anarchofree @_AuberonHerbert @comicalwagner @Harun07321327 @Anarchist_Rants @DuneSlaya @Mr_Abysmalyxia @SageThinker99 @HoundJuliet @LuciSoc @JohnFis87569576 @mwhi4321... (Source)

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Recommended by David Frum, Sanjay Jha, and 2 others.

David FrumSuch a great book, all who care about modern India should read it (Source)

Sanjay JhaWhile on a serene sabbatical read ⁦@kapskom⁩’a brilliant book on contemporary Indian politics; it spares no political party, while confesses that India could be perilously close to becoming a authoritarian state. The book is cathartic, given craven media cheerleading. (Source)

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A veteran writer on Russia and the Soviet Union explains why Russia refuses to draw from the lessons of its past and what this portends for the future

Russia today is haunted by deeds that have not been examined and words that have been left unsaid. A serious attempt to understand the meaning of the Communist experience has not been undertaken, and millions of victims of Soviet Communism are all but forgotten. In this book David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and longtime writer on Russia and the Soviet Union, presents a striking new interpretation of Russia's great...
Recommended by David Frum, Edward Lucas, and 2 others.

David FrumGreat book by @DavidSatter on the politics of Russian memory, with perfect title: "It was a long time ago, and it never happened anyway." (Source)

Edward LucasI think David Satter has really captured the role of the past in the present in Russia. He’s a very experienced correspondent from the Soviet era who has maintained his interest in post-Soviet Russia. He’s a really energetic, gumption reporter – he just goes to places that foreign correspondents don’t often go to in the provinces and follows up stories he first reported in the 1970s. Also, he’s... (Source)

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Losing Ground

Jonathan GruberCharles Murray took the economic concept of moral hazard – the concept that if you reward people for bad behaviour then they behave badly – and turned it into prose. Reading the book moved me a notch to the right. It posed a challenge to liberals – to get more rigorous in our analysis. It showed the simple facts didn’t look so good for us and that we needed to address questions like, “Is welfare... (Source)

Augustine 25@pantspartyjon @sallykohn Yeah. Check out how well black families did prior to LBJ's great society programs. Read Charles Murray's book, Losing Ground for the details. (Source)

David FrumBy 1984, conservatives had won a lot of important arguments about public policy. But there are real problems in the mid 80s for Americans that conservatives don’t have the answers to and one of them is the urban crisis that started in the 50s and 60s and was only getting worse. Welfare dependency was getting worse; there was a new problem of homelessness that was very shocking to people living in... (Source)

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