Book Reviews

Here I have gathered various book reviews that I have written on Life of an Econ Student, for a better overview and easy access to more comprehensive comments. There is also a section on reviewing public lectures in addition to only books and other works.

The reviews are organised in ascending order, with the latest review first. There is a certain innate selection bias when it comes to book reviews, resulting in an above-average number of very positive comments; for the simple reason that one struggles to finish badly-written books by authors with whom one disagrees, there will always be an upward bias towards those writers and those topics I particularly enjoy.

If you have a problem with that, the Internet is a great place for finding opposing views. Go look for them.

Book Reviews

Greenspan & Wooldridge May 2019
Capitalism in America: A History
(2018: Penguin Press)

Antoine E Murphy – June 2017
The Genesis of Macroeconomics: New Ideas From Sir William Petty To Henry Thornton
(2009: Oxford University Press).

John Turner – February 2017
Banking in Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Banking Stability, 1800 to the Present
(2014: Cambridge University Press).

Jordan Ellenberg – October 2016
How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life
(2015: Penguin).

Robert P. Murphy – August 2016
Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise and Human Action
(2015: Oakland, CA: Independent Institute).

Niall Ferguson (+ part 2) – June-July 2016
The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
(2014, London, Penguin).

Thomas Sowell – March 2016
Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective
(2015, New York: Basic Books).

Ben Bernanke – January 2016 (Swedish), translated February 2017
Courage To Act: Memoir of a Crisis
(2015, New York: W.W. Norton).

Björn Wahlroos – June 2015 (Swedish), translated and edited January 2017
De Tio Sämsta Ekonomiska Teorierna [=The Ten Worst Economic Theories]
(2015, Stockholm: Albert Bonnier).

William Easterly – September 2014
Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor
(2014, New York: Basic Civitas).

Lectures and talks reviewed

George Cooper – January 2017
Glasgow Real World Economics Society, at the University of Glasgow.

Charlie Söderberg – August 2016
Balansekonomi, Baltiska Hallen, Malmö

Yeonmi Park – May 2016
ALS Friedman Conference, UTS Sydney.

Yanis Varoufakis – May 2016
Political Economy department, at the University of Sydney.

Niall Ferguson – May 2016
Centre for Independent Studies, at the Sydney Opera House.

Yanis Varoufakis – November 2015
Political Economy department, at the University of Sydney.

Steve Keen – September 2014
Glasgow Real World Economics Society, at the University of Glasgow.

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