It’s the time of year when I look back over the past 12 months of my reading and draw up a list of the 10 or so best from which to select the ultimate winner of the 2018 Enlightened Economist … Continue reading

It’s the time of year when I look back over the past 12 months of my reading and draw up a list of the 10 or so best from which to select the ultimate winner of the 2018 Enlightened Economist Prize. The rules are: any non-technical or accessible econ/business/tech book I read is eligible (it doesn’t have to have been published during the 12 months); my decision is final. The prize is the offer of an excellent celebratory lunch, for a living author, should the winner and I find ourselves in the same place.

This year’s longlist is long – I’ve read some wonderful books. In no particular order:

Exact Thinking in Demented Times – Karl Sigmund (my review here)

The Attention Merchants – Tim Wu (my review here)

No Ordinary Woman – Angela Penrose (my review here)

Twitter and Tear Gas – Zeynep Tufekci (my review here)

A University Education – David Willetts (my review here)

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Black Edge – Sheila Kolkhatar (my review here)

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How Growth Really Happens – Michael Best (this is sitting on my desk waiting for me to write it up)

The Marshall Plan – Benn Steil (my review here)

Republic of Beliefs – Kaushik Basu (my review here)

Behemoth – Joshua Freeman (my review here)

Factfulness – Hans Rosling (my review here)

Unelected Power – Paul Tucker (my review here)

The National Debt – Martin Slater (my review here)

Deep Thinking – Gary Kasparov (my review here)

Scale – Geoffrey West (I didn’t write on – it’s excellent pop science with a final chapter on cities)

Cognitive Gadgets – Cecelia Heyes (my review here)

Ingenious Pursuits – Lisa Jardine (I didn’t review this either – innovation in history, Mokyr-ish)

The Book of Why – Judea Pearl (I haven’t yet written about it, am mulling it over as he’s very down on causal inference methods used in economics)

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation – David Edgerton (my review here)

The Community of Advantage – Robert Sugden (my review here)

Accounting for Slavery – Caitlin Rosenthal (my review here)

 

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