Summer Reading

11 May

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Without the distraction of MBA classes, I have selected 5 books to read over the summer break:

  1. The Naked Economist by Charles Whellan.  This time I’m reading it cover to cover.
  2. American Creation by Joseph Ellis.  The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a time of both triumphs and tragedies – all of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning nation.
  3. The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson. Check out the 4-part PBS series at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ascentofmoney/.
  4. An Economist Gets Lunch by Tyler Cowen.  Cowen offers lots of mantras for foodies, the dominant mantra reading like this: “Food is a product of economic supply and demand, so try to figure out where the supplies are fresh, the suppliers are creative, and the demanders are informed.”  In his own life, Cowen uses the mantra to experience excellent food wherever he goes – in the Washington, D.C., area where he is on the faculty at George Mason University; in locales across the United States; and around the globe.  Listen is his interview with Russ Roberts (also of GMU) at http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2012/04/cowen_on_food.html.
  5. Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca.  A classic. 
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