A Bunch of Books We Like

Amazon.com asked us to compile of list of good economics books (well, books that are at least loosely concerned with economics), and since we’re often asked that same question by our readers, I’ll go ahead and post the Amazon link here.


frykitty

The "Grownup School" concept is a good one. It's a shame they've chosen pop-culture health guru Andrew Weil to list books for their Science section. Way to blow the credibility of the entire project.

The Crooked Links

Levitt and Dubner's 10 Books to Read on Economics

Reccomended reading on economics from the authors of Freakonomics [via]...

qualityg

Glad to see "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith

Hoped to see "The New Economics" by W.Edwards Deming

smili

Thanks for the reading list. I was expecting to see Moneyball by Billy Bean in there - describing the inefficiencies in baseball and how an extremely low budget team like Oakland successfully competes with the New York Yankees of the world despite having only 1/3 the payroll.

deckard1982

What other non-economics books would you recommend, Stephen and Steven?

cournotbertrand

Yes, too bad about Andrew Weil being the representative for science -- and plugging his own books. But at the same time, is Weil as unbearable as is Steven Landsburg? There is "contrarian" and there is "annoying."

I am also very lukewarm about Ehrenreich. her book is fascinating, but has little to do with economics. It would have been very easy to interweave what is going on this world she is temporarily working with a grownup treatment of the economic driving forces behind it. it would have been a much better book.

I would replace those two with perhaps Blustein's book on the Latin American crisis and maybe Krugman's Peddling Prosperity (which is a little dated). It would be nice to round out the quirky "mind of the economist" books with a book on the economic problems in the news.

frykitty

The "Grownup School" concept is a good one. It's a shame they've chosen pop-culture health guru Andrew Weil to list books for their Science section. Way to blow the credibility of the entire project.

The Crooked Links

Levitt and Dubner's 10 Books to Read on Economics

Reccomended reading on economics from the authors of Freakonomics [via]...

qualityg

Glad to see "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith

Hoped to see "The New Economics" by W.Edwards Deming

smili

Thanks for the reading list. I was expecting to see Moneyball by Billy Bean in there - describing the inefficiencies in baseball and how an extremely low budget team like Oakland successfully competes with the New York Yankees of the world despite having only 1/3 the payroll.

deckard1982

What other non-economics books would you recommend, Stephen and Steven?

cournotbertrand

Yes, too bad about Andrew Weil being the representative for science -- and plugging his own books. But at the same time, is Weil as unbearable as is Steven Landsburg? There is "contrarian" and there is "annoying."

I am also very lukewarm about Ehrenreich. her book is fascinating, but has little to do with economics. It would have been very easy to interweave what is going on this world she is temporarily working with a grownup treatment of the economic driving forces behind it. it would have been a much better book.

I would replace those two with perhaps Blustein's book on the Latin American crisis and maybe Krugman's Peddling Prosperity (which is a little dated). It would be nice to round out the quirky "mind of the economist" books with a book on the economic problems in the news.

Adam Garner

Looks like your amazon link died. Care to update it?

Kerridwen McNamara

Amazon seems to have removed your list! Please post the list where newer fans can see it!

We are great fans of yours here. My husband took me out on a date to see your movie... and the following night I took our then-9yo eldest daughter. We *then* read Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics. Your work is a great curriculum for this secular homeschooling family with 6 kids! Challenge everything you believe and look for proof!

I'm debating going back for a PhD in economics once the kids are grown... a bit of a wander away from my academic background in biology and engineering, but you guys get to study EVERYthing!

Phil

Hey Stephen, the link is outdated. Any chance you could update this please? BTW I go to Lees McRae College in just down the road from Boone. I found out that you were an App State Alumni as I was listening to a freakonomics podcast on my drive down from NH to school and had a mini freak out.