Note:  If we have written a review of a volume, it will be linked to from the book’s title; otherwise, check out the amazon links included after each entry for more information.

Sterman – Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World  (

Kay – Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly  (

Harford – The Undercover Economist  (

Levitt & Dubner – Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything  (

Wheelan – Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science  (

Reinhart & Rogoff – This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly  (

Ferguson – The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World  (

Lind – Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States  (

The Economy

Liveris – Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy  (

Friedman & Mandelbaum – That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back  (

Human Capital

Gordon – Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline  (



Goldin & Katz – The Race between Education and Technology  (

Arum & Roksa – Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses  (

Riley – The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For  (


Shipler – The Working Poor: Invisible in America  (


Physical Capital

Environmental Issues

Schneider, Rosencranz, Mastrandrea, & Kuntz-Duriseti – Climate Change Science and Policy  (


Glennon – Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It  (

Lovins & Rocky Mountain Institute – Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era  (


Melosi – The Sanitary City: Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present  (

Social Capital

Putnam, Leonarki, & Nanetti – Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy  (

Pinker – The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined  (

Ferguson – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die  (

Murray – Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010  (


Kaiser – So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government  (

Hacker & Pierson – Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class  (

Lessig – Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It  (

Johnston – The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind  (

Rothkopf – Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government- —and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead  (


Drucker – A Plague of Prisons:  The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America  (

Mohammed & Fritsvold – Dorm Room Dealers:  Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class  (

Perkinson – Texas Tough:  The Rise of America’s Prison Empire  (

Stuntz – The Collapse of American Criminal Justice  (

Taxes & Spending

Bartlett – The Benefit and the Burden (Tax reform: why we need it and what it will take)  (

Murray – In Our Hands : A Plan To Replace The Welfare State  (

Foreign Relations

Kagan – The World America Made  (


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