The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization by Martin Puchner From the publisher: “The story of literature in sixteen acts—from Homer to Harry Potter, including The Tale of Genji, Don Quixote, The Communist Manifesto, and how they shaped world […]

John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics by Richard Parker From the publisher: “John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was one of America’s most famous economists for good reason. From his acerbic analysis of America’s “private wealth and public squalor” to his denunciation of the […]

The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind by Raghuram Rajan From the publisher: “Raghuram Rajan, distinguished University of Chicago professor, former IMF chief economist, head of India’s central bank, and author of the 2010 FT-Goldman-Sachs Book of the Year Fault […]

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard From the publisher: “James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. […]

A Little History of Economics by Niall Kishtainy From the Publisher: “What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar […]

Figuring by Maria Popova From the publisher: “Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and […]

Breaking News by Alan Rusbridger From the publisher: “Technology has radically altered the news landscape. Once-powerful newspapers have lost their clout or been purchased by owners with particular agendas. Algorithms select which stories we see. The Internet allows consequential revelations, closely guarded secrets, and dangerous […]