Category: Books

Must Read: “The Future of the Professions”

In 1540 a legendary union took place in England, in which the Guild of Surgeons agreed to merge with the Guild of Barbers to form the Company of Barbers and Surgeons and so […]

My Reading Year Topic for 2016 Is “Light.” What’s Yours?

When I was in grad school, one of the more interesting traditions I was forced to complete was known as the “Reading Year.” It was the beginning of the process for selecting a dissertation topic, and […]

Recent Read: “The Design of Business” by Roger Martin

Business thinkers and writers are, if nothing else, a wide-ranging bunch. There is almost no subject, from engineering to chemistry to the lives of historical figures, that they won’t use to make […]

Recent Read: “Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives”

What do a harried college student trying to finish a paper at the last moment, a poor farmer in India trying to survive until the next harvest, and a lonely […]

Recent Read: “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity In A Time of Brilliant Technologies.”

I was really looking forward to reading Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee’s The Second Machine Age. It’s a NYT best seller, and it was hyped in many reviews as a great survey […]

Must Read: “Capital in the 21st Century” by Thomas Piketty

Well, I finally finished the most talked-about economics book in the last decade, and my overall opinion is that it is worth all the praise and attention that it has […]

Piketty and the Paradox of “Human Capital” in the 21st Century

I am now about two-thirds of the way through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, and so far I have been struck not just by his arguments about inequality (which […]

FT: Piketty’s Maths Don’t Add Up

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has been the most talked-about book in economics in a decade, but according to the FT there bay be some issues with the […]

ProjectSyndicate: “The Right’s Piketty Problem”

J. Bradford DeLong has a witty take on the criticism thrown at Thomas Piketty’s controversial new book, Capitalism in the 21st Century, over on Project An excerpt: To be sure, everyone […]

Recent Read: “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys is a short (I read it on a Seattle-DC flight), well-written, exasperating and flawed look into the world of High Frequency Trading (HFT). HFT, for those not […]