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1. The Long Tail: Why the Future
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2. The Wisdom of Crowds
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4. The Box: How the Shipping Container
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5. The Undercover Economist: Exposing
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10. Twilight in the Desert: The Coming
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11. History of the American Economy
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1. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
by Hyperion
Hardcover (11 July, 2006)
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3-0 out of 5 stars The Antithesis of Winner-Take-All
If you became hopelessly depressed after reading "The Winner-Take-All Society" by Frank and Cook, then "The Long Tail" will provide you with some solace. Nothing ever reaches its logical conclusion, and economic rewards will not aggregate to the top ad infinitum. The ability to make an infinite number of copies of the "best" song or movie or book contrasts with the infinite shelf space available on the internet. "The Long Tail" demonstrates why that shelf space will be a highly democratizing force. People are always looking for something new, and the traditional, monopolistic channels (or gatekeepers) are under siege, even now.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pop-science goes marketing
The big thing these days seems to be science writers like Malcolm Gladwell coming up with best-sellers that, charitably put, are very light on facts and very long on sometimes outlandish assertion. Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine, joins the parade with his silly - yes, silly - claim that businesses like music and movies are no longer driven by hits, but by the "long tail." That it is the thousands of titles that people buy or rent infrequently. Somehow, according to Anderson, the idea of web merchants making a zillion titles available and some of those titles being sold or rented once or twice will be the "transformation . . . coming to just about every industry imaginable." Uh, no it ain't. Nowhere in the book does Anderson factor in the reality that someone pays for the production of all those videos and music tracks that rent or sell infrequently. Nor does he account for the reality that not every web merchant can acheive the volume of an Amazon or eBay. In other words, Anderson has discovered the obvious: if you make 30,000 movies available for rental, let's say, through a Netflix, many of the cult titles and dogs will be rented. Anderson pounds on this "long tail" effec while glossing over the fact that the neighborhood video rental store won't carry 30,000 titles. The profits from the occasionl rental of the 30,000th item on the list won't match the cost of acquiring and keeping it in stock in a store, while it makes little difference to a Netflix.
5-0 out of 5 stars Insights that influence Google's strategic thinking.
98 Rule: Netflix reckoned that 95 percent of its 25,000 DVDs rented at least once a quarter. Amazon using an independent academic research on its book sales suggested that 98 percent of its top 100,000 books sold at least once a quarter.Digital space cost per DVD is very cheap and represent almost no physical inventory space excepting magnetic medium storage.In the sale of one or two DVDs, the traditional retail runs out of steam because it can turn inventory fast enough to pay for physical space, but the economics of online retail keep going.Eventually, Amazon will localize and print digital media using high-speed printers producing a book in seconds from an electronic catalog, the birth of a book replication. DVDs will be replaced by wireless iPods, who are paying subscribers to iTunes, will increase the speed of distribution and volume of sales of the media they prefer. The 80/20 rules are changing.
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2. The Wisdom of Crowds
by Anchor
Paperback (16 August, 2005)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Little more than a collection of anecdotes
Intrigued by the relative frequency of citation of this book in the new "web 2.0" universe, I was disappointed to find only a sequence of factoids on social experiments and little in the way of analysis.From the very beginning of the book the reader is invited to agree with the central thesis (that a crowd of independent individuals does better than a smaller elite group) and it very much feels like evidence is carefully selected to reinforce the author's argument.The book could have been twice as thin without losing much of its substance.I would qualify it as a light business read, entertaining but not quite convincing if you're not part of the choir.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on human behavior!
If you want to know more about the importance of shedding all political alliegences and affiliations, read this book. What a wonderful body of knowledge with just the right stories to highlight the profound insights into the recesses of our heart.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why do the Crowds buy this book if they are so Wise?
This book is basically a magazine article that has been expanded to fill out an entire book (this has been noted by others)
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3. Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
by Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback (01 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading for anyone serious about working on Wall Street.
Everyone has read this, and its easy to understand why. One of the best written books about Wall Street ever, Michael Lewis is superb as he goes about describing his experience at Salomon Brothers during the 1980's as a bond salesman. Introduces us to the legendary trader John Meriweather before he started Long Term Capital Management.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written...
This should be required reading analysts and associates along with `Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle' and `Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success'. Each gives a different and illuminating perspective on the ups and downs of the many different departments that make up large, institutional finance organizations. Moreover, there are in totality especially useful if you have no idea about how finance actually operates on a day-to-day basis beyond what you see in your economics courses (definitely the case at Harvard, U Chicago, MIT and the like, where these firms heavily recruit). Can definitely give those without and an internship or direct experience the ability to level the playing field to a large degree.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wall Street Demystified
For those of us that have an innate disbelief for brokers, traders, advisors and the likes working from Wall Street, this is a must read.For those of you who take lessons and advise from financial advisors, money experts, radio and TV charlatans, this book should be mandatory.
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4. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
by Princeton University Press
Hardcover (20 March, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars How innovation changed an industry and the world...
This book not only offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of shipping but also a fascinating look at how disruptive innovation can be. You get a front row seat to changes wrought by the mighty shipping container. In this very well researched book the author provides wonderful glimpses into the labour aspects, international trade aspects, finanace, technical aspects, and actual ship design & contruction. The book is destined to become a classic in detailing how innovation can radically change an industry and the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Boxing in goods unleashes globalization: The world is not flat
In "On the waterfront," perhaps the saddest point of the film is where Fr. Barry eulogizes K. O. Duggan, killed off by the mob. But Marc Levinson has located a larger villain, the real force that killed off so many longshoremen's careers: the standardized shipping container. While a highly trained crane operator working today's docks earns $120,000 a year, their numbers are few and few of them are former longshoremen or sons of longshoremen. And cargo handling costs have dropped over 90%. Yet this is only the start. The shipping container reducedspoilage, theft, insurance costs, delays, and the entire cost of going global. 3-0 out of 5 stars Not for anyone who doesn't work in logistics
If you work in logistics, buy this book.It is well worth trudging through the tedious parts to get to the gems.With some severe editing, pictures and diagrams it could be a best seller.But the presentation is more like that of a sterile textbook than popular writing.As someone who worked in logistics I found it interesting.But it is certainly not a book that anyone will read again and again. ... Read more

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5. The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!
by Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (01 November, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well written!
The problem with most books dealing with Economics is that they are poorly presented and not enjoyable to read, being stuffed with incomprehensible graphs and technical jargon. This book avoids those pitfalls and is both entertaining and informative. Alfred Marshall would be proud.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cogent rundown on why the economy matters to you personally
In this brief, cogent book, author Tim Harford provides an accessible, entertaining introduction to economic thinking. This deftly written report belongs on the shelf of anyone with an interest in economic matters - and as the author makes clear, everyone has an interest in economic matters. He deftly punctures the balloons of those who advocate fair trade coffee, protectionism, government-underwritten medical care and other such policies. These tactics may seem humane on the surface, but he contends that they often merely advance the selfish goals of the few at the expense of the many. If the book has a weakness, it is Harford's tendency to take certain points of political opinion for granted and to state them as moral choices without qualification or proof. For instance, he puts forth the admirable - though some would say questionable - notion that governments are obliged to cushion the shock of unemployment. That, however, is a quibble. We highly recommend this concise, comprehensive book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating discovery of the interconnectiveness of everything
It is entirely possibly if I had had access to book like this when I was growing up, I would have become an economist. Harford takes apart many of the conundrums in our modern world and shows how trends, political and corporate decisions have all shaped the world in which we live in.
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6. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
by Basic Books
Paperback (23 December, 2003)
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3-0 out of 5 stars ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
This guy is boring. Yes, he has some terrific ideas, but he apparently has never heard of editing.We, the general public, do not need to know his every slightest thought and nuance. This is 400+ pages of appendices, notes, tables upon tables.I really DID want to know what the author has to say.But, as another reviewer suggested, read about every fifth page and you'll get the basic information you need. If, Mr. Florida could find a popular book editor, instead of a college textbook editor, he would have a hit and be the darling of every art town wannabe.

1-0 out of 5 stars The creative class does not exist
The creative class does not exist. Since Richard Florida's idea of a creative class is very encompassing, he is just redefining Middle Class Professionals. What he observed and measured are just the changes in values and interests of this growing young middle class. The creative class according to Florida are just people in occupations which require high level of training and education. Many people are in these types of jobs now. They are not the creative class.
1-0 out of 5 stars Book Hound
Author Florida may have set a record for the number of times a nonfiction writer can repeat the same handful of thoughts and still get published. To the prospective reader with an interest in the purported subject, my suggestion is to read any 5 randomly chosen pages of Florida's work, and move on to the next item on your reading list, being assured that most of the material of the remaining 399 pages was, if not exhaustively covered, at least mentioned.
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7. The Great Industries of the United States, being An Historical Summary of the Origin, Growth, and Perfection of the Chief Industrial Arts of this Country ... Sources in Business and Economic History)
by Thoemmes Continuum
Hardcover (01 March, 2000)
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8. Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Economic and Political Origins
by Cambridge University Press
Hardcover (19 December, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A beginning
My opinion on this book lies some where between the two already presented. The application of economics and game theory to this problem is most definitely original and is the greatest achievement of the book. It is a tribute to the authors that such a simple model that so ruthless applies Occam's razor can explain so much, however the work is flawed it simply does not reflect reality. The reasons behind democratisations are more complex than this model, as powerful as it is, can reflect. This book and the model developed within should be viewed as beginning which other works can develop and expand upon. I have no doubt that economists will continue to contibute to this field with more advanced and better models. For this reason alone political scientists and historians should not ignore this text, but rather accept it for what it is a new way of looking at an old problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wielding Occam's Razor
Economists are turning their focus of inquiry to subjects that were once the exclusive preserve of their colleagues in other social sciences--history, sociology, and political science. The title of this book, "Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy," appears to have been deliberately, even provocatively, chosen for contrast with its famous predecessor, "Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy," by the sociologist Barrington Moore. It is as if the economists are saying, "You've had your go. It is now our turn."
3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but ...
This substantial work provides a useful review of the relevant literature,and outlines the simple but powerful idea that the political impact of different types of assets [land, labor or capital] and the costs of repression rather than democratization are key influences on the process of democratization or political repression.This approach has however already been spelt out more succinctly by Carles Boix.
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9. The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas (Enterprise) (Enterprise)
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (21 August, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Capitalismasitwasmeanttobe

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Concise Treatment of Smith
There is no good substitute for reading Adam Smith's own beautiful prose.But if you don't have the time or the inclination to do so, I would recommend The Authentic Adam Smith.Buchan summarizes Smith's life and ideas.Of special note is his ability to convey Smith's humanity.I have a few minor quibbles about emphasis, but overall the book is accurate, readable and concise.Not many books of this type can make a similar claim.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best short treatment ever written aboutAdam Smith's philosophy
Buchan's book reveals Smith as the greatest conservative thinker and moral philosopher of the last 250 years.Clearly,Buchan is one of the very few economists who has in fact read all of Smith's Wealth of Nations(WN)and Theory of Moral Sentiments(TMS).The best lesson of this book is Buchan's overwhelming demonstration that Smithcompletely rejected the libertarian approach to economics and politics of L von Mises,Milton Friedman,Murray Rothbard,and Ayn Rand.TMS demonstrates Smith's complete and total rejection of libertarianism on moral grounds alone.Smith emphasized the neeed formoral and ethical norms as prerequisitesin a capitalist society .This review will consider only one policy area where this is demonstrated-education.
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10. Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
by Wiley
Hardcover (10 June, 2005)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Saudi fields are maturing
This book is very repetitive and too long, but it does contains a lot of useful information about oil fields and the complex business of getting the oil out. From the facts laid out in this book there is little doubt that Saudi oil fields are maturing with years of dependence on massive water injection and in recent years horizontal drilling to maintain high production rates.The production curves included in the book for eight large fields oil fields outside Saudi Arabia, including Prudhoe Bay Alaska, are sobering.Clearly there is some risk that in the not too distant future Saudi oil production will begin to decline.
4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Needs Editing and Polishing
The message in this book is right on--Saudi Arabia is probably not as flush with oil as the world thinks it is.Simmons' thesis is a sound one and he defends it well.
1-0 out of 5 stars Saudi Oil
A great deal of technical information that was a little overpowering at times. Never the less it makes it's case compellingly and logically. ... Read more

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11. History of the American Economy with Economic Applications
by South-Western College Pub
Hardcover (03 May, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars best on the subject
This is definitely the best introductory book there is on the subject. This was a supplemental book for an undergraduate class of mine, but I read it anyway. The authors lucid writing allows this book to be thoroughly understood by all readers despite their backround in economics. I truly believe that this book should be required reading for all history, political science, finance, sociology, and economics majors.
5-0 out of 5 stars Rockoff is the greatest American Historian ever.
Rockoff gives a brilliant account of the history of the American Economy and is possibly the best American economic historian in US history. ... Read more

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12. The Predators' Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders
by Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback (01 June, 1989)
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3-0 out of 5 stars A dry examination of an intriguing story
Connie Bruck's tale of greed on (off) Wall Street in the 1980s, focusing solely on Drexel and its Milken-led rise and fall is thorough.Unfortunately, it is a little too meticulous.To understand the junk bond empire Milken created is to understand the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of both him and the company he led to prominance.But the pages upon pages of specific deal details are best understood by investment banking professionals, financiers, etc.I enjoy reading (and for the most part understand) the inner workings of wall street deals,but the level of detail Bruck provides was a little overwhelming.
4-0 out of 5 stars Good book to inspire big thinking.
This book is fun to read and it full of interesting stories about specific takeovers and deals that took place.It is lacking however in detailing what happened to Milken in the end.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Junk Bond King When Much of Corporate America Was His Fiefdom.
"Predator's Ball" follows the rise of the junk bond market, from Michael Milken's ambitions in the 1970s through Drexel Burnham's dominance of the market under Milken's leadership in the 1980s, including Drexel's controversial financing of high-profile hostile takeovers, to the beginning of legal trouble for Drexel in 1986. Author Connie Bruck interviewed hundreds of people over a 2 �-year period, including Drexel employees and Drexel clients, to learn what went on inside "the Department", Drexel's mythic Beverly Hills junk bond offices. Bruck becomes increasingly critical of Michael Milken's tactics as the book progresses, but it is worth noting that she did not set out to write an expos�. Bruck approached the project with sympathies "more toward Milken and his band of renegades than toward the corporate establishment they were attacking", but years of peering inside the Department changed her mind. Regardless of where your sympathies lie, there is a lot of admirable research and fascinating detail in "The Predator's Ball".
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13. History of Financial Disasters, 1763-1995 (3 vol. set)
by Pickering & Chatto Publishers
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14. Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions)
by Cambridge University Press
Paperback (26 October, 1990)
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3-0 out of 5 stars The Limits of Hard-Rational Choice
North's work attempts to show how hard-rational choice theory and neoclassical economic theory are weak in that they argue that cooperation and coordination are not fundamental to transactions.North writes that in the "zero transaction-cost world, bargaining has no place, however, in the real world, institutions, bargaining and cooperation are necessary" (16).
4-0 out of 5 stars Incentiv-creating institutions
The puzzle of the modern world is not that so many people are poor, but that so many are wealthy. How do democracies, with well-defined property rights and education for all com into place? In this Nobel prize winning work, North investigates some issues overlooked by most economists: the role of a society's institutions, defined as formal and informal constraints, varying from written laws to vague values (but important nevertheless) in a society. Economic theory is not able to explain the great differences in wealth between nations, argues North, and that is certainly a shame, because that would be the most interesting explanation it could possibly make. The solution is to include institutions into economic analysis. 5-0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive book ever
Douglass North is an amazing writer. If you are purchasing this book, you probably already know what this book is about and its impact. This book, I would argue is largely responsible for his receiving the Nobel Prize in 1993.Read more

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15. Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (09 January, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Globalization 2.0
Jeffrey Frieden, a Harvard professor specializing in international trade and finance, has written a masterly and comprehensive history of capitalism from 1870 to the present.His history of globalization reminds us that it is not a recent develpment and that its current success is not guaranteed.
5-0 out of 5 stars Bottom Line: Unfettered Capitalism is Destructive, Need Government

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleasing to Read (Even for a Proletariat like Me)
I read this book for a graduate-level economics course.It's not an "Econ for Dummys" book, but it really enightens the reader about the history of economics in the 20th Century.It's smart and straight-forward.The author does not interject his personal perspectives, which is nice.He just puts it out there.A definite must-read for those entering the field of economics/history. ... Read more

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16. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers
by Touchstone
Paperback (10 August, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ideas that shape civilization
This book is a wonderful survey of big ideas that changed how we experience human society.The author begins with the premise that ideas more than swords or guns have been the transformational stimuli of human history.I encourage anyone to read this book, particularly if you were raised with some ignorance about the world of economics or financial matters.This book won't explain everything in detail, but for a young man raised as a Roman Catholic, this book explained away a lot of the misinformation taught to me about the role of capital, organizing paradigms, and authority on Earth.Everyone that I know who has read the book has praised it.Enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pay attention to the biography, not the economics.
Heilbroner is an excellent biographer, a superb writer...and a horrible economist. His socialist bias is present throughout the book--not on every page, but in every summary and commentary. A lot of his economic conclusions are just wrong, even according to contemporary economic theory. I don't know how anyone could come to his economic conclusions that has as much economic training as he apparently does, and as much reading of the great economists as he has certainly done.
5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money and the time, for this easy-to-moderatly difficult read
I read this many years ago, during my MBA program.It was required reading, and it didn't seem to be directly related to the Economics I was learning at the time.And it's not an Economics book, per se.It's a book that will enable you to think about Economics.It's the context that it delivers to the reader that makes it valuable.
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17. China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World
by Scribner
Hardcover (01 February, 2005)
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China has the world's most rapidly changing large economy, and according to Ted Fishman, it is forcing the world to change along with it. "No country has ever before made a better run at climbing every step of economic development all at once," he writes, in Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The revolution will not be televised
On this side of the Pacific, we are seized every 20 years with a sublime terror, as we watch the rise of another monster in the East.In the land of rising suns, tigers and dragons, the Dragon is on the rise and, it seems, will remain so throughout the next century.
4-0 out of 5 stars Well-written book
For those that are avid readers of journalistic works such as this one, you would absolutely enjoy every moment rummaging through the pages.Statistics are provided but never to the point of being too dry and too boring for the readers to read through.The writer endeavours to shed lights for us ramifications of China and its muscle power.Instead of branding China as a villain, we need to understand that without support from purchasers who are looking for the cheapest bargains, China wouldn't be where it is now.Wal-Mart is covered in detail.The writer gives us a projection that if car manufacturing industry is heading the same direction of products manufacturing, it's only a matter of time before prices for cars would plummet quite considerably in the future when China has perfected its manufacturing bases just as Japan and South Korea had done before it.Then, there's another discussion about the shifting of population from countryside into urban centres where manufacturing bases are located, and how China is able to sustain the supply of cheap labour.China's progress isn't simply detrimental to other countries.On contrary, it benefits them as well.For example, Australia is having a boom right now due to exportation of natural resources to China.With increase of living standard in China, Chinese needs more nutritious food.As China couldn't provide enough, United States particularly the Middle States are enjoying a boom in supplying food to the Middle Kingdom.Then, there are also discussions about other foreign powers keeping United States in check by siding with China, and also the love and hate relationship between USA and China of controlling the currencies so as to keep the interest rates at an attractive rate to facilitate growth in China and so forth.Whilst nobody knows for certain the exact figures of information provided (since China has this tendency to manipulate figures since the beginning of time), suffice to say that the book explains how the mechanism works and allowing us to have an insight of how international trade ticks.Yes, some reviewers are fastidious and highly critical of figures provided by the writer but ultimately, I think they are missing the points.What's crucial from this book is that we need to understand better about China and learning how to work alongside it in order to share the gains it would garner over the years to come.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Focus on China
This books offers a comprehensive overview of the China vs. World (Western / industrialized hemisphere) dynamics. Fishman intentionally does not get into the guessing game of Middle East/India factors in the equation but offers global trends that are relevant to everyone who is curious about the business world around them. What does it mean if a small fraction of Chinese can, or are willing, to do X? (Hint: a small fraction of one billion, in absolute terms, is an exceptionally large number of people nonetheless!) How will adding over a billion of people to the commercial world around us affect our lives and our countries? How can established companies make use of this new market?
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18. Knowledge and the Wealth Of Nations: A Story of Economic Discovery
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (01 May, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, rounded up
"Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations" is a fascinating look at the development of economic theory from within the economic profession.Warsh has obviously spend a lot of time interviewing academic economists and observing them in action, and is therefore able to provide a unique perspective on their activities and foibles.The story loses a bit of momentum towards the end; and the book could have been improved by making the tale a bit more linear (i.e., not moving back and forth in time as much) and by the elimination of a few typos; however, I think the positives far outweigh the negatives.If you are at all interested in the human side of the development of economic theory, I strongly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Important, Sometimes Frustrating
This book is an entertaining (but sometimes long-winded) history of economic thought that focuses on the role of technological knowledge, showing how sporadic attempts starting with Adam Smith to incorporate it into the mainstream of economic thought kept getting marginalized until a paper by Paul Romer in 1990 finally appears to have convinced the profession to include it in their models as a nonrival, partly excludable good.
1-0 out of 5 stars SAD BUT TRUE
This book is about a very interesting and important topic,but is poorly written and an effort to read.Extracting information from it is painful.I found myself skim reading after the first chapter trying to get to some useful information other than the academic soap opera of paul romers life.While an introduction is important,two long winded chapters is over doing it.The sentences are poorly constructed so you have to read them to the end to put the beggining in context,and so it is very hard to concentrate on,after finally getting to the middle it then deteriorates as the author loses the plot due to some external family or drug problem taking all of his attention,it also contains factual errors which while not important to the books message add to the amateur feel of the writing.Finally after totally deteriorating to the point of aiming it at the rubbish bin,at the beggining of the third last chapter I think,it is as if another author,or one fresh out of rehab takes over,and the book improves and stops drivelling on,although still has poorly constructed sentences and an unbelievable amount of typo's as in the first part.I can't believe the positive reviews it has recieved,including Peter Bernsteins back cover praise.Peters book is excellently written,and something this author and publisher should aspire to replicate.If you are desperate to learn about this subject and have a tolerance for pain and boredom then it is worth reading,especially now that the price has dropped,and the cover art would look great on your coffee table,but if not,wait until a second edition that has been proof read by someone competent or for another author to do the subject some justice.The most enjoyable part of this book is the irony that supposedly efficient markets produce products like this,of such poor quality,and that this book is about knowledge,yet lacks any knowledge of spelling,sentence construction or good writing practices or publishing practices.Its sad when you have to read the acknowledgements in the back to try and piece together what went wrong in the authors life.I totally get what this book is about,which is why i purchased it,and why its such a disappointment,I have recently read around thirty books on economics and investing and this is the only one that I have less than praise for.Products like this are a rip off due to unbelievably poor quality,I really can't believe it got published in a first world country.And I live in a back water ,who's native people this book also manages to disaparage and misrepresent. ... Read more

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19. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
by Portfolio Trade
Paperback (28 September, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best and Most Enjoyable Business Book I've read.
Not a fan of the business book since I've found many of them so boring. I got this book based on the recommendation on BusinessWeek (I'm a fan of this magazine) and am not disappointed. It's well-written, easy to understand. The writer seems to have all the details nailed down and have a very entertain-able writing style. Almost like reading a very good novel except that this is true, which is very rare when it comes to business book. You will finish it in no time. Unputdownable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rise and Fall
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Ballad of Enron
While there was a great amount of greed that contributed to Enron's downward spiral (illegal investment vehicles, ridiculous executive salaries and corporate perk largesse), what makes this different from the cornball `big bad greedy company causes its own downfall' tagline, though, is the book's thesis that business machismo caused Enron's collapse. Note the Enron culture of landing big deals, particularly in new industries and tertiary markets where Enron could be viewed as a trailblazer. Enron loved landing front-page news of its deals; what it failed to do was to see them through and ensure they financially contributed to the company's well-being.As well, during the Jeff Skilling era, there was a constant and unhealthy fixation with Enron's stock price. Enron's corporate performance was directly pegged to the stock price; Enron executives begged, borrowed, and stole to ensure rosy financial statements and a love-in with Wall Street bankers and analysts. Never mind that Enron was bogged down with loser, capital-draining businesses (Broadband, Enron International) that were causing liquidity problems even years before Enron declared bankruptcy. As long as Enron was making deals and the stock price was high, everything was sunny.
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20. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History: 5-Volume Set
by Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (16 October, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars When it is good it is very good
This is a good example of the strengths of specialized encyclopedias. Unfortunately, it also provides some examples of the weaknesses.
5-0 out of 5 stars Economic historyEncyclopaedia
Economics is a social science and economic history is a story of human interaction in the economic sphere.It tells the story of markets,of organizations,of institutions,of small and large communities,from tiny medieval village to the huge communal economies of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.
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