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Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Why Nations Fail von Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson

Why Nations Fail

Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson
The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
4.6 (422 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why Nations Fail?

Why Nations Fail revolves around the question as to why even today some nations are trapped in a cycle of poverty while others prosper, or at least while others appear to be on their way to prosperity. The book focuses largely on political and economic institutions, as the authors believe these are key to long-term prosperity.

Wer Why Nations Fail lesen sollte

  • Anyone who is interested in world politics and foreign aid
  • Anyone who wants to find out why some countries are poor while others prosper
  • Anyone who has thought about how we can tackle inequality in the world

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Omnivore's Dilemma von Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma

Michael Pollan
A Natural History of Four Meals
4.5 (84 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Omnivore's Dilemma?

We face an overwhelming abundance of choices when it comes to what we eat. Should you opt for the local, grass-fed beef, or save time and money with cheap chicken nuggets? Organic asparagus shipped from Argentina, or kale picked from your neighbor’s garden? The Omnivore’s Dilemma examines how food in America is produced today and what alternatives to those production methods are available.

Wer The Omnivore's Dilemma lesen sollte

  • Anyone thinking about changing their eating habits – whether by becoming a vegetarian, switching to organic produce or trying their hand at hunting, gathering or growing their own food
  • Anyone interested in sustainability, food policy or food politics

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Manufacturing Consent von Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

Manufacturing Consent

Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
4.5 (178 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Manufacturing Consent?

Manufacturing Consent (1988) takes a critical view of the mass media to ask why only a narrow range of opinions are favored whilst others are suppressed or ignored. 

It formulates a propaganda model which shows how alternative and independent information is filtered out by various financial and political factors allowing the news agenda to be dominated by those working on behalf of the wealthy and powerful. Far from being a free press, the media in fact maintain our unequal and unfair society.

Wer Manufacturing Consent lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to know who sets the agenda of the mass media
  • Anyone who would like to know whose interests the media serve
  • Anyone who wants to understand why the mass media suppress independent voices

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: No Logo von Naomi Klein

No Logo

Naomi Klein
4.1 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in No Logo?

No Logo takes a look at how the power of brands has grown since the 1980s, and how companies have emphasized their brand image rather than their actual products. No Logo shows how this strategy has affected employees in both the industrial and the non-developed world. No Logo also introduces the reader to the activists and campaigners who are leading the fight back against multinationals and their brands.

Wer No Logo lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to understand why brands are so prevalent in modern society
  • Anyone who wonders how multinationals wield global power
  • Anyone who wants to learn how activists can fight back against the brands


Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Shock Doctrine von Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein
4.2 (71 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Shock Doctrine?

The Shock Doctrine (2008) offers insights into the dark world of disaster capitalism, in which crises serve as an instrument to undo the trade regulations and national protections which prevent international megacorporations from totally exploiting poorer countries. Rooted in the findings of the CIA-sponsored "MKUltra" psychological torture experiments, economic shock treatment has left behind a legacy of blood and destruction since it first began to be taken seriously in the 1970s.

Wer The Shock Doctrine lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in economics
  • Anyone interested in foreign policy
  • Anyone interested in history


Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Communist Manifesto von Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
4.2 (726 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Communist Manifesto?

The Communist Manifesto is the result of a meeting of international communists in London. It vividly portrays the first common position of political communism regarding the class struggle between the working class and the capitalist bourgeoisie.

Wer The Communist Manifesto lesen sollte

  • Anyone who works for someone else
  • Anyone who’s wondered why wealth seems to concentrate at the top
  • Anyone remotely interested in politics

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Zero Marginal Cost Society von Jeremy Rifkin

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

Jeremy Rifkin
The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons and the Eclipse of Capitalism
4.2 (33 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Zero Marginal Cost Society?

The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014) lays out a strong case for the self-destructive nature of capitalism, demonstrating how it is sowing the seeds of its own destruction. But in its wake, a new, collaborative, democratized economy will materialize – one made possible by the internet.

Wer The Zero Marginal Cost Society lesen sollte

  • People who are interested in the future of our global economy
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the personal and social impact of cutting-edge technology
  • Committed capitalists

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Wealth of Nations von Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith
4.4 (880 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Wealth of Nations?

The Wealth of Nations is a profoundly influential work in the study of economics and examines exactly how nations become wealthy. Adam Smith advocates that by allowing individuals to freely pursue their own self-interest in a free market, without government regulation, nations will prosper.

Wer The Wealth of Nations lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to understand the foundations of capitalism and the free market
  • Anyone curious about the core tenets of a fundamental work of economic theory

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Monopolists von Mary Pilon

The Monopolists

Mary Pilon
Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game
4.3 (8 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Monopolists?

The Monopolists (2015) unveils the true yet checkered history of Parker Brothers's most successful board game, Monopoly. It tells the tale of the game’s origins in progressive, anti-capitalist thinking to its evolution under the control of Parker Brothers, a company that went to extraordinary lengths to rewrite Monopoly’s history and crush any competition in the process.

Wer The Monopolists lesen sollte

  • Fans of the board game Monopoly
  • Lawyers or specialists in trademark or property rights laws
  • Historians or popular culture fanatics

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce von Slavoj Žižek

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Slavoj Žižek
4.5 (57 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in First as Tragedy, Then as Farce?

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce (2008) sets out to uncover the hidden ideology that surrounds us in our everyday lives. In examining how capitalist society affects our lives and permeates the way we think, the book ultimately offers a new and better alternative to the way our world is structured today.

Wer First as Tragedy, Then as Farce lesen sollte

  • People interested in politics, society and philosophy
  • Fans of Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Alan Badiou
  • Students of philosophy or psychoanalysis

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Phishing for Phools von George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

Phishing for Phools

George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
4.0 (104 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Phishing for Phools?

Phishing for Phools (2015) reveals the ways in which modern free-market systems, so often praised as the epitome of rational exchange, are fueled instead by willful deceit, with the goal of pushing you to act against your self-interest.

Wer Phishing for Phools lesen sollte

  • Economists or students examining free-market systems
  • Any consumer interested in how the market works
  • Socially-conscious business owners

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The House of Rothschild von Niall Ferguson

The House of Rothschild

Niall Ferguson
Money’s Prophets 1798–1848
4.3 (95 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The House of Rothschild?

The House of Rothschild (1998) offers a detailed, insider look into the famed Rothschild family’s multinational partnership. By examining the relationships and strategies that launched the Rothschilds to success, the book demystifies this historic family, making their meteoric rise to tremendous wealth and fame much easier to understand.

Wer The House of Rothschild lesen sollte

  • Anyone with an interest in European history
  • Anyone curious about the world of banking in the nineteenth century
  • Anyone fascinated by the enduring Rothschild myth

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: PostCapitalism von Paul Mason


Paul Mason
A Guide to Our Future
3.9 (111 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in PostCapitalism?

Postcapitalism (2015) offers a close examination of the failures of current economic systems. The 2008 financial crisis showed us that neoliberal capitalism is falling apart, and these blinks outline the reasons why we’re at the start of capitalism’s downfall, while giving an idea of what our transition into postcapitalism will be like.

Wer PostCapitalism lesen sollte

  • Capitalists and anti-capitalists
  • Students of sociology or politics
  • Anyone interested in what the future holds for modern-day societies

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Restart von Mihir Sharma


Mihir Sharma
The Last Chance for the Indian Economy
3.7 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Restart?

A few decades ago, India seemed poised to become a major player in the global economy. Today, a number of serious problems hold the country back. Restart (2015) explains what caused India’s decline and offers insights about what could be done to fix it.

Wer Restart lesen sollte

  • Students of economics, political science and sociology
  • Anyone interested in India

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Raw Deal von Steven Hill

Raw Deal

Steven Hill
How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism are Screwing American Workers
3.2 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Raw Deal?

Raw Deal (2015) reveals the ugly truth behind the new sharing economy and the harm that companies like Uber or Airbnb are inflicting upon societies around the world. There’s a major crisis on the horizon, and it will affect not only these companies’ exploited employees. We’re all at risk, and we’ll need to choose our next steps wisely to prevent an economic collapse.

Wer Raw Deal lesen sollte

  • Students of economics and politics
  • Readers interested in the job market and labor regulations
  • Employees worried about declining workplace standards

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Barbarians at the Gate von Bryan Burrough, John Helyar

Barbarians at the Gate

Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
The Fall of RJR Nabisco
4.1 (45 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Barbarians at the Gate?

Barbarians at the Gate (1989) tells the story of one of the largest corporate deals in US history, the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. These blinks provide a gripping portrait of the extreme and extravagant behavior in corporate America during the 1980s.

Wer Barbarians at the Gate lesen sollte

  • Anyone working in finance or business who wants to learn about a legendary deal
  • Citizens appalled by the excesses of corporate America
  • Anyone enthralled by hostile takeovers and cutthroat dealings

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: First They Killed My Father von Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
4.5 (15 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in First They Killed My Father?

First They Killed My Father (2006) is Loung Ung’s memoir of her childhood experiences living under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia during the 1970s. She begins her story as the Khmer Rouge take power, forcing her family to flee the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, only to find themselves living as slave laborers, in constant fear that they would be personally targeted by the regime.

Wer First They Killed My Father lesen sollte

  • Anyone who’s seen the Oscar-winning film The Killings Fields
  • History buffs
  • Fans of autobiographies and memoirs

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Bad Blood von John Carreyrou

Bad Blood

John Carreyrou
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
4.2 (115 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bad Blood?

Bad Blood (2018) is the harrowing inside story of a how a tech start-up rooted in Silicon Valley’s fake-it-till-you-make-it culture risked the lives of millions with a blood-testing device that proved too good to be true. Written by Pulitzer-winning journalist John Carreyrou, who broke the story and pursued it to its end, this is the account of Theranos and its wunderkind CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ meteoric rise and epic fall from grace.

Wer Bad Blood lesen sollte

  • Anyone working in a start-up
  • Fans of true stories that you just can’t make up
  • Professionals in the medical industry

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Us vs. Them von Ian Bremmer

Us vs. Them

Ian Bremmer
The Failure of Globalism
4.4 (70 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Us vs. Them?

Us vs. Them (2018) explores how globalism has created both winners and losers and explains how the losers are now looking to set things right. In countries from the United States to China, from Venezuela to Turkey, unhappy citizens are making new demands of their governments, and populist politicians are promising easy answers. Us vs. Them offers a lucid take on the forces disrupting societies around the world and suggests potential solutions for the future.

Wer Us vs. Them lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in understanding populist forces and their origins
  • People concerned about the impact of robots on the workforce and society
  • Readers interested in foreign affairs and political science

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Glass House von Brian Alexander

Glass House

Brian Alexander
The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town
3.7 (24 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Glass House?

Glass House (2017) tells the cautionary tale of Lancaster, Ohio, a town that went from boom to bust over the course of the past fifty years. At the heart of this downfall is the Anchor Hocking glass factory, a major source of employment that turned into a bitter disappointment. This story is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the current state of affairs in American society and politics.

Wer Glass House lesen sollte

  • Politicians and policy-makers
  • Students of history and American studies
  • People interested in the current state of American affairs

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Curse of Bigness von Tim Wu

The Curse of Bigness

Tim Wu
Antitrust in the New Gilded Age
4.6 (26 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Curse of Bigness?

The Curse of Bigness (2018) deals with topics and questions that have become especially pressing in recent times. How and why have markets become dominated by a handful of corporate giants? And what can we do about it? To answer these questions, the author recounts the political, economic and legal history of economic concentration. Along the way, he examines the dangers that come with it, and how they can be mitigated.

Wer The Curse of Bigness lesen sollte

  • Citizens worried about unchecked corporate power  
  • People interested in the intersection between politics, economics and law
  • Late-nineteenth and twentieth-century US history buffs

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Socialism von Michael Newman


Michael Newman
A Very Short Introduction
4.4 (167 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Socialism?

Socialism (2005) is a dash through the history of the term after which the book is named. Socialism has played an important role over the past 200 years of human history, but its original goal of achieving an egalitarian society has, in recent decades, been somewhat forgotten. This book is a thorough tour of socialism’s history. It’s also an exploration of the various ways the word has been implemented and a guide to ways we might use it in the future.

Wer Socialism lesen sollte

  • Anyone tired of their unstable economic condition
  • Students of politics, economics or history
  • Those who want more information on a commonly misunderstood term

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Future Is History von Masha Gessen

The Future Is History

Masha Gessen
How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
4.2 (91 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Future Is History?

The Future Is History (2017) tackles the complex issue of Russia’s love/hate relationship with democracy. By looking at the lives of a select few, Masha Gessen takes us from the collapse of the Communist Party to deep within the activism of the Putin era – all in an attempt to show us how and why Russia’s modern brand of totalitarianism came about.

Wer The Future Is History lesen sollte

  • Readers curious about Russian politics
  • Students of sociology and world politics
  • History buffs

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism von Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
4.5 (283 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism?

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (2019) provides a revealing look at just how committed companies like Google and Facebook are to tracking every one of your actions and selling that data to advertisers. Over the past few years, this business practice has become one of the most prominent worldwide, and the harmful effects it has on personal liberty and democracy are becoming more apparent.

Listed on The Guardian’s Best 100 Books of the 21st Century

Wer The Age of Surveillance Capitalism lesen sollte

  • Users of Google or Facebook
  • People who value privacy and free will
  • Anyone curious about how much personal data is being collected

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Origins of Totalitarianism von Hannah Arendt

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt
4.6 (354 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Origins of Totalitarianism?

The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) is a landmark work by Hannah Arendt, in which she traces the anti-Semitic and imperialist roots of modern-day totalitarianism in Europe. Starting with the rise of the nation-state in the seventeenth century, Arendt reveals the prejudices and myths that empowered the Nazism and Stalinism of the early twentieth century, and that can lead to the erosion of free-thinking democracy. She also gives clear warning on how to avoid predatory totalitarian movements in the future.

Wer The Origins of Totalitarianism lesen sollte

  • Students of philosophy and political science
  • Anyone interested in how history can teach us about the present
  • People concerned about human rights

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Utopia for Realists von Rutger Bregman

Utopia for Realists

Rutger Bregman
And How We Can Get There
4.4 (251 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Utopia for Realists?

Utopia for Realists (2016) is a call to arms for a radical rethinking of life, work and how society functions. It argues that the world enjoys unprecedented wealth and material comfort but is still full of problems, from soul-destroying jobs to inequality and poverty. We have the power to solve these problems and build a better future if we embrace utopian thinking.

Wer Utopia for Realists lesen sollte

  • Blue-sky thinkers
  • Socially engaged people who want to eradicate poverty 
  • Frustrated citizens who feel there must be a better way to organize our society and economy

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Third Pillar von Raghuram Rajan

The Third Pillar

Raghuram Rajan
The Revival of Community in a Polarized World
4.4 (38 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Third Pillar?

The Third Pillar (2019) traces the evolving relationship between the three “pillars” of human life – the state, markets and communities – from the medieval period to our own age. Economist Raghuram Rajan argues that, throughout history, societies have struggled to find a sustainable balance between these pillars. Today is no different: caught between uncontrolled markets and a discredited state, communities everywhere are in decline. That, Rajan concludes, is jet fuel for populist movements. But a more balanced kind of social order is possible.

Wer The Third Pillar lesen sollte

  • Anyone apprehensive about the rise of intolerant political movements
  • Historians and economists
  • Community organizers and neighborhood activists

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: New Dark Age von James Bridle

New Dark Age

James Bridle
Technology and the End of the Future
4.0 (86 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in New Dark Age?

New Dark Age (2018) investigates the fundamental paradox of our digital age: as new technologies allow us to gather more and more data on our world, we understand less and less of it. Examining the history, politics and geography of the complex digital network we are enmeshed in, James Bridle sheds new light on the central issues of our time, from climate change to wealth inequality to post-factual politics, and explains how we can live with purpose in an era of uncertainty.

Wer New Dark Age lesen sollte

  • Tech skeptics and tech enthusiasts
  • Critical thinkers fascinated by the geopolitics of our networked world
  • Anyone interested in the silly and profound ways technology shapes our lives

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Imagined Communities von Benedict Anderson

Imagined Communities

Benedict Anderson
Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
4.6 (98 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Imagined Communities?

Imagined Communities (1983) is one of the most influential studies of the origins of nationalism. In it, Benedict Anderson asks a question that had long vexed his fellow historians: Why did nations become such a potent source of identity in the modern world? In these blinks, we’ll unravel Anderson’s fascinating answer to this conundrum as we delve into the history of capitalism, the printing press, religious belief systems, and nationalism. 

Wer Imagined Communities lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Thinkers and theorists who love bold ideas
  • Anyone who’s wondered why we live in a world of nation-states

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism von Kristen Ghodsee

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen Ghodsee
And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
3.7 (39 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism?

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism (2018) makes an argument that’s even more provocative than its title suggests. More than just better sex, it claims that women have better lives in general under socialism. To prove this claim, it compares and contrasts women’s lives under state socialism, democratic socialism, and neoliberal capitalism. 

Wer Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism lesen sollte

  • Socialists wanting ammunition for their next argument 
  • Capitalists wanting food for thought 
  • Women and men wanting a fresh take on gender equality

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Romanovs von Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs

Simon Sebag Montefiore
4.5 (114 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Romanovs?

The Romanovs (2016) charts the stunning rise and dramatic fall of one of the world’s great dynasties. The Romanov family helmed the Russian empire for three centuries filled with family dramas, power struggles, political upheaval, and opulent spending.

Wer The Romanovs lesen sollte

  • Russophiles and Romanov fans
  • Fans of history with a taste for juicy drama
  • Revolutionaries brushing up on old-school socialist revolts

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Americana von Bhu Srinivasan


Bhu Srinivasan
A 400-Year History of American Capitalism
4.3 (73 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Americana?

Americana (2017) traces the history of the USA from one key perspective: capitalism. Bhu Srinivasan shows how the development of the country has been closely bound up with the development of capitalism, from the New England colonies’ earliest days to the most recent innovations of Silicon Valley or Wall Street.

Named by The Economist as one of the best books of 2017

Wer Americana lesen sollte

  • American history enthusiasts
  • People interested in the economy past and present
  • Fans – or enemies – of capitalism

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Private Government von Elizabeth Anderson

Private Government

Elizabeth Anderson
How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)
4.1 (77 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Private Government?

Private Government (2017) boldly asserts a provocative thesis: most modern companies are run more like communist dictatorships than the “free enterprises” their often libertarian-minded owners, managers, and defenders believe them to be. Drawing on a wide range of ideas, facts, and data from economics, political philosophy, and history, Private Government backs this thesis up with a strong, compelling argument that’s well worth reckoning with.

Wer Private Government lesen sollte

  • Employees unhappy with their employment
  • Employers wondering why their employees might be so unhappy
  • Anyone else wanting to know what’s wrong with the modern workplace

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Angrynomics von Eric Lonergan and Mark Blyth


Eric Lonergan and Mark Blyth
4.0 (101 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Angrynomics?

Angrynomics (2020) examines the growing atmosphere of anger around the globe. Part political theory, part social science, this approachable text diagnoses the cause of the rising resentment and proposes a few popular solutions.

Wer Angrynomics lesen sollte

  • News junkies seeking fresh takes on the current political climate
  • Activists wishing to understand popular movements
  • Anyone with an interest in where the world is headed

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Economists’ Hour von Binyamin Appelbaum

The Economists’ Hour

Binyamin Appelbaum
False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society
4.3 (65 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Economists’ Hour?

The Economists’ Hour (2019) is a compact history of how economists came to dominate our political discourse. This work traces the rise of neoliberal ideology from the 1960s to today.

Wer The Economists’ Hour lesen sollte

  • Political wonks wanting to parse the current climate
  • Citizens concerned about America’s rightward shift
  • Anyone asking, “how did things get so bad?”

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Chaos Under Heaven von Josh Rogin

Chaos Under Heaven

Josh Rogin
America, China, and the Battle for the 21st Century
4.2 (59 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Chaos Under Heaven?

Chaos Under Heaven (2021) brings to life the behind-the-scenes negotiations and deliberations that dictated the Trump administration’s policy toward China. America’s understanding of the inner workings of the Chinese state has changed a great deal, yet competing interests have so far led to a chaotic response as the US grapples with this foreign policy challenge. 

Wer Chaos Under Heaven lesen sollte

  • Policy wonks
  • News junkies
  • People interested in world affairs

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century von Erik Olin Wright

How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century

Erik Olin Wright
4.2 (105 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century?

How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century (2019) is both a moral critique of capitalism and a pragmatic strategy guide to building an alternative economic system. Drawing from Erik Olin Wright’s four decades of work in sociology, it provides a nuanced account of why democratic socialism is both possible and desirable.

Wer How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century lesen sollte

  • Anticapitalists looking for new ways of thinking
  • Pro-capitalists who want to understand their opponents’ views
  • Skeptics who aren’t sure which side of the debate is right

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy von Joseph Schumpeter

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

Joseph Schumpeter
Essential analysis on where the world economy is headed
4.2 (598 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy?

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942) is a seminal work of economics. Its ideas have proven prophetic, and remain relevant to this day. It claims that capitalism will ultimately be eroded by the very processes that define it. It also explains the differences between capitalism and socialism and their relationship to democracy, and helps readers understand the role of entrepreneurship and creative destruction in modern capitalism.

Wer Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy lesen sollte

  • Students of the social sciences
  • Those interested in politics, economy, and their histories
  • Critical thinkers curious about the future of capitalism

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Lonely Century von Noreena Hertz

The Lonely Century

Noreena Hertz
How Isolation Imperils Our Future
4.2 (154 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Lonely Century?

The Lonely Century (2021) explores the loneliness that characterizes the twenty-first century. Drawing on a decade of research, it reveals how neoliberal policies, new technologies, and mass migration to cities have contributed to us becoming so lonely – and what shifts need to occur for us to reconnect.

Wer The Lonely Century lesen sollte

  • Isolated individuals interested in understanding our current crisis of loneliness
  • Political thinkers who want to understand the roots of far-right movements
  • Community leaders looking for ways to bring people together

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Mission Economy von Mariana Mazzucato

Mission Economy

Mariana Mazzucato
A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism
4.0 (205 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Mission Economy?

Mission Economy (2021) explains how we can rethink our approaches toward government and capitalism through the concept of missions – huge, ambitious projects that inspire people across society to think big. These blinks show how we can change the world by taking inspiration from one of the most famous missions of all: the moon landing.

Wer Mission Economy lesen sollte

  • Visionary thinkers who want to transform society
  • Economists and politics fans in search of bold new ideas
  • Critics of capitalism who want to see change

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Constitution of Liberty von Friedrich A. Hayek

The Constitution of Liberty

Friedrich A. Hayek
In Defense of Freedom and a Free Society
3.9 (289 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Constitution of Liberty?

The Constitution of Liberty (1960) is a classic of economic philosophy. As one of the seminal texts of modern liberalism, it reminds us of the values of individual freedom, limited government, and universal principles of law. First published in the 1960s, it contends that social progress depends on the free market rather than on socialist planning. This work remains relevant in an age where socialist ideas are gaining new popularity. 

Wer The Constitution of Liberty lesen sollte

  • Students of twentieth-century history, politics, and economy 
  • Progressives and conservatives curious about liberalism 
  • Anyone interested in economic philosophy

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: After the Fall von Ben Rhodes

After the Fall

Ben Rhodes
Being American in the World We've Made
4.0 (229 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in After the Fall?

After the Fall (2021) takes a sobering look at the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism in places like Hungary, China, Russia, and the United States of America. It examines how the standing and influence of the US changed in the years following the Cold War, and how this has led to the current challenges facing democracy around the world. 

Wer After the Fall lesen sollte

  • Political junkies
  • Fans of democracy
  • Students of modern history

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Maoism von Julia Lovell


Julia Lovell
A Global History
4.3 (84 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Maoism?

Maoism (2019) is a deep dive into Maoist ideology, tracing the origins of the movement in the caves of northwest China to the jungles of India, the high Andean sierra, and the California city parks where The Black Panthers did their military drills. Maoism is a movement that’s hardly limited to China or even Asia.

Wer Maoism lesen sollte

  • Anyone looking to bone up on Chinese history
  • Followers of leftist politics
  • Those interested in transnational historical arcs

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Dawn of Everything von David Graeber & David Wengrow

The Dawn of Everything

David Graeber & David Wengrow
A New History of Humanity
4.1 (354 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Dawn of Everything?

The Dawn of Everything (2021) is a reimagining of the history of humanity, based on new discoveries in the worlds of anthropology and archeology. According to the authors, new findings challenge what we thought we knew about hierarchies, inequality, property, and the state. 

Wer The Dawn of Everything lesen sollte

  • Anyone who’s ever shaken their fist at bureaucracy
  • History lovers of all stripes
  • Those who want to be Indiana Jones when they grow up

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: The Raging 2020s von Alec Ross

The Raging 2020s

Alec Ross
Companies, Countries, People – and the Fight for Our Future
3.8 (93 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Raging 2020s?

The Raging 2020s (2021) is an autopsy of the American social contract, which once kept companies, governments, and individuals in stable harmony but has since broken down. In particular, it describes how the power of corporations has expanded in recent years while federal might has waned –⁠ and how the result is that companies have more control over people’s lives than ever before. We must work to restore the balance and write a new social contract for the modern age.

Wer The Raging 2020s lesen sollte

  • Citizens concerned about the increasing power of corporations
  • Current or aspiring politicians and activists
  • Anyone who sees the value in capitalism but thinks it can be improved

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Earth for All von Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jorgen Randers, Johan Rockstrom and Per Espen Stoknes

Earth for All

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jorgen Randers, Johan Rockstrom and Per Espen Stoknes
A Survival Guide for Humanity
4.4 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Earth for All?

Earth for All (2022) is more than a book – it’s a survival guide. After centuries of industrialization, population growth, and rising inequality, our planet is now at a tipping point. We are already learning to live with pandemics, war, wildfires, and more. This guide offers timely, practical solutions for the urgent problems facing humankind.

Wer Earth for All lesen sollte

  • People concerned about climate change
  • Activists seeking a better future
  • Residents of planet Earth – in other words, all of us!

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Financial Feminist von Tori Dunlap

Financial Feminist

Tori Dunlap
Overcome the Patriarchy's Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love
4.1 (308 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Financial Feminist?

Financial Feminism (2022) debunks the money myths and exposes the systemic oppression that keeps many stuck in toxic jobs or cycles of debt. Offering practical solutions that everyone can start today to close the wage gap, ramp up financial fitness, and build the life of their dreams.

Wer Financial Feminist lesen sollte

  • Anyone feeling stuck living paycheck to paycheck
  • Those who want to retire someday
  • Anyone frustrated by the sexist wealth gap looking to build a more equal future

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism von Bernie Sanders

It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism

Bernie Sanders
3.9 (279 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism?

It’s OK to be Angry About Capitalism (2023) is a critique of the economic and political system in the US. It offers a blueprint on how to move past unbridled capitalism onto a fairer and freer future.

Wer It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism lesen sollte

  • Everyone interested in the idea of democratic socialism
  • Those who’d like to understand Bernie Sanders’s political agenda
  • Anyone concerned about inequality

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: American Psycho von Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis
4.0 (23 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in American Psycho?

American Psycho (1991) is a controversial cult novel that uses graphic violence to satirize modern capitalism and consumer culture. It follows the life of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy and handsome investment banker living in Manhattan in the 1980s. Beneath his polished exterior lies a psychopathic killer who preys on his victims without remorse. Bateman’s exploits quickly grow more and more extreme, and his mask of sanity starts to slip.

Wer American Psycho lesen sollte

  • Fans of the the 2000 movie starring Christian Bale
  • Readers who enjoy Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, and William S. Burroughs
  • Anyone who enjoys dark humor

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Profit Over People von Noam Chomsky

Profit Over People

Noam Chomsky
Neoliberalism and Global Order
4.3 (367 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Profit Over People?

Profit Over People (1999) is a deep dive into the often hidden world of neoliberalism, revealing how global power structures and US policies are influenced by corporate interests. You’ll be taken on a journey that uncovers an economic system geared toward the affluent, often to the detriment of the many.

Wer Profit Over People lesen sollte

  • Students of economics or international relations 
  • Policymakers and businesspeople
  • Curious minds interested in the way our world works

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Animal Farm von George Orwell

Animal Farm

George Orwell
4.8 (357 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Animal Farm?

Animal Farm (1945) is a classic satirical novella that transplants the events of the Russian Revolution of 1917 to a small English farm. Once the animals stage an uprising, a political battle ensues between an ideological pig named Snowball and a power-hungry pig named Napoleon. 

Wer Animal Farm lesen sollte

  • Fans of political satire
  • Animal lovers
  • Anyone who likes a classic story

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Death of a Salesman von Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller
4.2 (27 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Death of a Salesman?

Death of a Salesman (1949) is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest plays. A poignant critique of the promises and pitfalls of capitalism and the American Dream, it follows the salesman Willy Loman, his increasingly tense relationships with his family and colleagues, and his tragic, hallucinatory descent into fantasy and madness. 

Wer Death of a Salesman lesen sollte

  • Budding playwrights and theater enthusiasts
  • People curious about the dangers of unbridled capitalism
  • Anyone interested in modern drama

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Myth America von Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

Myth America

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies about Our Past
2.9 (109 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Myth America?

Myth America (2022) is a collection of essays that examine and dismantle some of the most pervasive myths about America: how it was founded, who’s allowed to be here, and how we define a ‘real’ American or American family.

Wer Myth America lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of American politics
  • Activists and social justice warriors

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Prosperity von Colin Mayer


Colin Mayer
Better Business Makes the Greater Good
4.1 (148 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Prosperity?

Prosperity (2018) examines how business thinking has led to our current state of social, political, and environmental disaster. Drawing on historical, legal, and economic knowledge, it presents a radical new framework in which both corporations and the broader community can flourish together.

Wer Prosperity lesen sollte

  • Business leaders and company directors
  • MBA students
  • Economic policy developers wanting to fix our broken system

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Capital von Karl Marx


Karl Marx
A Critique of Political Economy
4.4 (254 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Capital?

Capital (1867) represents a groundbreaking analysis of money and its many roles at the height of the industrial revolution. By focusing on the exploitation of the working class, the text challenges traditional economic theories and frames a capitalist economy as a system inherently leading to social inequality and class struggle.

Wer Capital lesen sollte

  • Students studying political theory, economics, or sociology
  • Those curious about one of the most influential texts in economics
  • Readers seeking insights on class struggles and social inequalities

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: A Tale of Two Cities von Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens
4.3 (91 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Tale of Two Cities?

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel set against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the French Revolution and London in the late eighteenth century. The story revolves around the lives of Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a dissolute English lawyer, who share a striking physical resemblance. As the novel unfolds, it explores themes of sacrifice, resurrection, and the stark contrast between the two cities of Paris and London, ultimately culminating in a powerful and emotionally charged climax.

Wer A Tale of Two Cities lesen sollte

  • History enthusiasts
  • Literature lovers
  • Students of social justice

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Capital in the Twenty-First Century von Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty
3.4 (99 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Capital in the Twenty-First Century?

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) offers a deep dive into the historical trends and dynamics of income and wealth inequality. Drawing from centuries of data, it examines how capital concentration perpetuates inequality and proposes bold solutions to address this growing divide.

Wer Capital in the Twenty-First Century lesen sollte

  • Economists studying wealth dynamics
  • Those who would like to contextualize modern economic issues with historical data
  • Advocates for social justice and economic equality

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Birnam Wood von Eleanor Catton

Birnam Wood

Eleanor Catton
A Novel
4.0 (8 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Birnam Wood?

Birnam Wood (2023) is an engrossing thriller about what happens when a group of idealistic activists cross paths with the wrong venture capitalist. What looks like an amazing opportunity soon turns into a deadly nightmare, full of lies, cover-ups, and dangerous bedfellows.

Wer Birnam Wood lesen sollte

  • Fans of suspenseful stories
  • People interested in modern eco-thrillers
  • Anyone looking for a novel filled with surprises, twists, and turns

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: Social Justice Fallacies von Thomas Sowell

Social Justice Fallacies

Thomas Sowell
3.7 (30 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Social Justice Fallacies?

Social Justice Fallacies (2023) unravels the myths and misconceptions driving today's social justice movement. It turns out that many popular beliefs about how society should be improved often conflict with concrete facts. This exploration sheds light on the perilous path of good intentions paired with fallacious assertions.

Wer Social Justice Fallacies lesen sollte

  • Critical thinkers who find themselves questioning social justice movements
  • Enthusiasts of fact-driven political discourse
  • Anyone wanting to debunk widely accepted social narratives

Socialism & Capitalist Critique Bücher: American Marxism von Mark R. Levin

American Marxism

Mark R. Levin

Worum geht's in American Marxism?

American Marxism by Mark R. Levin analyzes the rise of Marxist ideology in the United States and its impact on American society and politics. With thorough research and insightful analysis, Levin examines how Marxist principles and tactics have infiltrated various institutions, influencing public discourse and policy-making. The book offers a thought-provoking critique and serves as a call to action against the spread of Marxist ideas and their potential consequences.

Wer American Marxism lesen sollte

  • Individuals interested in understanding the current state of American politics and society
  • Those looking to gain insights into the rise of Marxist ideologies within the United States
  • Readers who want to explore alternative perspectives on the challenges and threats facing the nation

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