Book Review: The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein


Author: Naomi Klein Title: The Shock Doctrine Narrator: Jennifer Wiltsie Publication Info:  Macmillan Audio (2007) Summary/Review: This book exposes the ideology of neoliberalism, the idea that government should be limited to the bare bones and that corporations should be completely unregulated, a school of thought promoted by Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago.  The book begins with…

Book Review: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado


Author: Linda Tirado Title: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America Narrator: Linda Tirado Publication Info: New York : Penguin Audio, p2014. Summary/Review: Tirado writes and narrates this extended essay on the poor in United States, unflinchingly and wryly explaining why the poor do the things the do and how both right-wing and left-wing  stereotypes of…

Book Review: Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank


Author:Thomas Frank Narrator: Thomas Frank Title: Pity the Billionaire  Publication Info: Macmillan Audio, 2012 ISBN: 9781427223128 Previous books read by the same author: What’s the Matter With Kansas? Summary/Review: Thomas Frank explores the ways in which the crash of 2008 and ensuing great recession failed to lead to a populist revolt against capitalists nor for greater government…

Book Review: Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell


Author: Ellen Ruppel Shell, Lorna Raver (narrator) Title: Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture Publication Info: Tantor Media (2009) ASIN: B002HIT0SG Summary/Review: Cheap is an intriguing expose on the modern American desire for bargains fed by discount stores and discount ideology in more areas of commerce than one would realize.  Ruppel Shell offers a fascinating history…

Book Review: Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanksi


Author: Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanksi Title: Soccernomics : why England loses, why Germany and Brazil win, and why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey and even India are destined to become the kings of the world’s most popular sport Publication Info: New York : Nation Books, c2009. ISBN: 9781568584256 Also by the same author: Football…

Book Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang


Author: Ha-Joon Chang Title: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Publication Info: Bloomsbury Press (2011) ISBN: 97816081916666 Summary/Review: I received this book as an advanced reading copy through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  Like the title says, it goes through 23 aspects of capitalism that are myths, misrepresentations, or simply bald-faced lies. …

Book Review: The Invisible Hook by Peter T. Leeson


Author: Peter T. Leeson Title: The invisible hook : the hidden economics of pirates Publication Info: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2009. ISBN: 9780691137476 Summary/Review: I awaited the release of this book with great anticipation as it contains three elements I can’t resists: pirates, quirky application of social sciences,  and a terrific pun in the…

Stop Making Cents?


A few weeks ago, one of my library rss feeds popped up a bunch of links about cents.  Specifically, groups of Americans who want to retire the “penny” and Americans who think the smallest coin has great value.   Each side in this debate has some compelling arguments. The Citizens to Retire the Penny take: the…

Economics


It’s amazing what a major fiscal crisis can do to you.  I’ve basically have no interest in economics.  In fact I even managed to weasel myself out of the required economics course in High School by taking a special course in Japanese taught by a college professor (that worked out well as I know something…

Links of the Day for 17 December 2007


Before we get to the links, I just want to mention a couple of things: I’ve added a del.icio.us widget to the sidebar on the right which will show you the last 5 links of the day I’ve posted. I’m not sure what this does yet other than create redundancy but it’s a start. Again,…