The best 70 International Economics books

International Economics drives global markets and impacts everyday life through trade, exchange rates, and economic policies. Our comprehensive book list delves into these complex interconnections, providing valuable perspectives on the forces shaping the international economic landscape.

Dive into our curated selection to gain profound insights into worldwide economies and financial systems. Ready to broaden your understanding of global dynamics and navigate the complexities of international trade? Start exploring these enlightening titles today!

The best 70 International Economics books
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International Economics Books: Drive by Daniel H. Pink

Drive

Daniel H. Pink
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
4.4 (695 ratings)
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What's Drive about?

In Drive, Daniel Pink describes the characteristics of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. He reveals that many companies rely on extrinsic motivation, even though this is often counterproductive. The book explains clearly how we can best motivate ourselves and others by understanding intrinsic motivation.

Who should read Drive?

  • Anyone who wants to learn about the components of human motivation
  • Anyone who wants to find out how to effectively motivate themselves and others

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International Economics Books: The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier

The Bottom Billion

Paul Collier
Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
4.2 (35 ratings)
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What's The Bottom Billion about?

The Bottom Billion (2007) focuses on the specific problems of the 50 poorest states in the world and the traps that keep them impoverished. These states are drastically behind even developing nations and are in serious need of help from wealthier nations if they are to ever achieve economic self-determination. Drawing on his original research, Collier points out the pitfalls of the conventional methods for dealing with this extreme poverty and offers unique policy recommendations that cater to the unique struggles faced by the world’s poorest nations.

Who should read The Bottom Billion?

  • Anyone interested in economics
  • Anyone interested in history
  • Anyone interested in social justice

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International Economics Books: The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

The Undercover Economist

Tim Harford
3.9 (131 ratings)
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What's The Undercover Economist about?

The Undercover Economist explains how economics defines our lives. From the price of a cappuccino to the amount of smog in the air, everything is tied to economics. The book shows us how economists understand the world and how we can benefit from a better understanding of economic systems.

Who should read The Undercover Economist?

  • Students of economics
  • Anyone who wants to reduce their daily shopping bills
  • Anyone interested in how economics affects our everyday lives

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International Economics Books: Getting Better by Charles Kenny

Getting Better

Charles Kenny
Why Global Development Is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World Even More
4.0 (8 ratings)
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What's Getting Better about?

As pessimists talk of an economic development crisis, author Charles Kenny is optimistic in his assessment that in fact, all over the world, we’ve made enormous progress in overall quality of life. Getting Better shows that the spread of technology and ideas has fostered a revolution of happiness and standard of living unprecedented in human history. Kenny provides evidence to make us enthusiastic about the progress we’ve attained so far, and offers suggestions on what is to be done if we want to keep this progress alive.

Who should read Getting Better?

  • Anyone interested in international politics and development aid
  • Anyone looking for a fresh and optimistic outlook on the world
  • Anyone interested in economics and global development

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International Economics Books: The Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker

The Origin of Wealth

Eric D. Beinhocker
The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business And Society
3.9 (81 ratings)
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What's The Origin of Wealth about?

The Origin of Wealth shows us the inadequacies of the economic theories that underpin our understanding of economics. The book argues that economic actors shouldn’t be seen as rational consumers that act on their self-interest. Rather, economics is best understood as a complex system of adaptation, similar to evolution, where products, ideas, and ideology compete for survival.

Who should read The Origin of Wealth?

  • Students and scholars of economic science
  • Anyone interested in economics, social sciences or business   
  • Business leaders, economists and politicians

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International Economics Books: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang
3.9 (214 ratings)
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What's 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism about?

In 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Ha-Joon Chang destroys the biggest myths of our current economic approach. He explains how, despite what most economists believe, there are many things wrong with free market capitalism. As well as explaining the problems, Chang also offers possible solutions which could help us build a better, fairer world.

Who should read 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism?

  • Students of economics who are fed up with mainstream teaching
  • Anyone who takes an interest in the financial crisis and why nobody saw it coming
  • Anyone wondering why levels of inequality are so high

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International Economics Books: Immigrants by Philippe Legrain

Immigrants

Philippe Legrain
Your Country Needs Them
4.0 (39 ratings)
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What's Immigrants about?

Immigrants offers a compelling case for a total revamp of the way most people view immigration and immigrants. It provides a detailed description of the case against immigration, while providing solid evidence for the great benefits, both social and economic, that migration provides.

Who should read Immigrants?

  • Anyone concerned by migration
  • Anyone unimpressed by the notion of a more open world
  • Anyone trying to understand why anyone would want to leave their home country

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International Economics Books: Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

Economics: The User’s Guide

Ha-Joon Chang
4.3 (158 ratings)
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What's Economics: The User’s Guide about?

Economics: The User’s Guide lays out the foundational concepts of economics in an easily relatable and compelling way. Examining the history of economics as well as some critical changes to global economic institutions, this book will teach you everything you need to know about how economics works today.

Who should read Economics: The User’s Guide?

  • Anyone interested in the history of economics
  • Anyone interested in the intersection of politics and economics
  • Anyone who dozed through Economics 101 in college

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International Economics Books: Fault Lines by Raghuram G. Rajan

Fault Lines

Raghuram G. Rajan
How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy
4.5 (32 ratings)
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What's Fault Lines about?

In Fault Lines, author Raghuram Rajan unveils the global economy’s hidden fractures that led to the 2008 financial crisis. These blinks show that greedy bankers weren’t the only ones to blame; our economic system had deep systemic flaws as well. Importantly, they outline what we can do as a society to prevent similar crises in the future.

Who should read Fault Lines?

  • Anyone who wants to understand the financial crisis of 2008
  • Anyone curious how future economic crises could be prevented
  • Anyone interested in global economics or international trade

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International Economics Books: Treasure Islands by Nicholas Shaxson

Treasure Islands

Nicholas Shaxson
Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World
4.4 (35 ratings)
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What's Treasure Islands about?

Treasure Islands offers insight into one of the darkest parts of the financial world: tax havens. It explains how wealthy people and corporations are able to avoid paying taxes by relocating their assets offshore. Tax havens are highly damaging to all but the tiny percentage of people who can afford to use them, and they contribute to the growing gap between rich and poor.

Who should read Treasure Islands?

  • Anyone interested in tax havens
  • Anyone interested in economics
  • Anyone interested in global power dynamics

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International Economics Books: Dealing with China by Henry M. Paulson

Dealing with China

Henry M. Paulson
An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
4.0 (57 ratings)
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What's Dealing with China about?

Dealing With China reveals China’s journey to becoming the economic superpower it is today. These blinks explain the advantages and disadvantages of this rapid growth, and offer insights into how the US and China should work together to face today’s global challenges.

Who should read Dealing with China?

  • Anyone interested in the rise of China on the international stage
  • Politics buffs keen to learn more about US foreign policy

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International Economics Books: China's Second Continent by Howard French

China's Second Continent

Howard French
How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa
3.8 (105 ratings)
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What's China's Second Continent about?

China's Second Continent (2014) is about the mass wave of Chinese migrants who have relocated to Africa in the last few decades. These blinks trace the origins of this migration and outline the profound impact it has on both regions, Chinese-African relations and the world at large.

Who should read China's Second Continent?

  • Students of Chinese or African politics
  • Anyone interested in international relations
  • Anyone curious about the long-term influence of mass migration

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International Economics Books: Who Gets What – and Why by Alvin Roth

Who Gets What – and Why

Alvin Roth
The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design
3.5 (31 ratings)
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What's Who Gets What – and Why about?

In Who Gets What – and Why (2015), Nobel Prize winner Alvin Roth brings his groundbreaking research on market design to a broader, nonspecialist audience, explaining how markets work, why they sometimes fail and what we can do to improve them. Using contemporary examples, Roth outlines the nonfinancial factors that shape markets and shows how we can make more informed marketplace decisions.

Who should read Who Gets What – and Why?

  • Anyone interested in how different economies function
  • Business, government and community leaders responsible for designing efficient markets
  • Anyone who wants to make better decisions in life, love and work

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International Economics Books: Small is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher

Small is Beautiful

E. F. Schumacher
A Study of Economics as if People Mattered
4.0 (70 ratings)
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What's Small is Beautiful about?

Small is Beautiful (1973) is a collection of essays by renowned British economist E. F. Schumacher outlining his critique of the Western economic system. First published in 1973, this classic collection, which is now considered to be one of the most influential books published since World War II, is as relevant today as it was in the ‘70s.

Who should read Small is Beautiful?

  • People interested in politics and economics
  • Mindful citizens who want to understand how our economic system affects the earth

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International Economics Books: Every Nation For Itself by Ian Bremmer

Every Nation For Itself

Ian Bremmer
Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World
4.4 (41 ratings)
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What's Every Nation For Itself about?

Every Nation For Itself (2012) discusses the consequences of the lack of international leadership we face today. With no nation economically fit enough, or even willing, to head the response to global challenges, we live in what could be called a G-Zero world; these blinks reveal how we got here, and what comes next.

Who should read Every Nation For Itself?

  • Anyone with an interest in world politics and ongoing global crises
  • People curious about the economic and political forces that shape important political decisions
  • Anyone interested in understanding how global problems are interrelated

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International Economics Books: PostCapitalism by Paul Mason

PostCapitalism

Paul Mason
A Guide to Our Future
3.9 (115 ratings)
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What's PostCapitalism about?

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.

Who should read PostCapitalism?

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

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International Economics Books: How Asia Works by Joe Studwell

How Asia Works

Joe Studwell
Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region
4.1 (62 ratings)
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What's How Asia Works about?

How Asia Works examines the economic development of nine Asian countries and, in the process, sketches a blueprint for other developing nations seeking to achieve sustainable economic growth. Joe Studwell explains why some Asian economies have boomed while others have fallen behind, revealing what history has proved works – and what doesn’t.

Who should read How Asia Works?

  • Anyone interested in developing economies and international economics
  • Asian history enthusiasts

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International Economics Books: Restart by Mihir Sharma

Restart

Mihir Sharma
The Last Chance for the Indian Economy
3.5 (13 ratings)
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What's Restart about?

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.

Who should read Restart?

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

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International Economics Books: The Box by Marc Levinson

The Box

Marc Levinson
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
4.5 (41 ratings)
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What's The Box about?

The Box (2006) tells the tale of modern transportation’s poster child, the container, and how it revolutionized the shipping industry and enabled globalization. These blinks will take you on a detailed journey through this seemingly simple but revolutionary change in global systems of trade.

Who should read The Box?

  • Professionals in logistics, transportation or trading
  • People interested in globalization
  • Every economics and business student

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International Economics Books: The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan

The Accidental Superpower

Peter Zeihan
The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder
3.8 (168 ratings)
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What's The Accidental Superpower about?

Today, the United States has a stronghold as the global superpower, but the world is changing at a historically unprecedented rate. These blinks to The Accidental Superpower (2014) outline the reasons the United States came to politically and economically dominate the planet, and what we can expect in the coming decades, both in the United States and the world at large.

Who should read The Accidental Superpower?

  • Students of politics and economics
  • Anyone interested in ancient history
  • Anyone curious about the future

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International Economics Books: False Economy by Alan Beattie

False Economy

Alan Beattie
A Surprising Economic History of the World
4.2 (161 ratings)
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What's False Economy about?

False Economy (2009) offers a fresh perspective on how and why some nations of the world have become economic powerhouses and others have ended up as financial disasters. You’ll see that nations aren’t handcuffed by fate. Rather, their economic success or failure is based on the choices they make.

Who should read False Economy?

  • Anyone interested in economics
  • Readers who want to learn about the politics of money
  • People interested in international business

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International Economics Books: Two Nations Indivisible by Shannon K. O’Neil

Two Nations Indivisible

Shannon K. O’Neil
Mexico, the United States and the Road Ahead
4.0 (22 ratings)
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What's Two Nations Indivisible about?

Two Nations Indivisible (2013) tells the story of the United States’ relationship with its neighbor to the south: Mexico. These blinks explain the profound connections between the two countries as well as the misunderstandings that keep them apart, with an emphasis on political and economic relations.

Who should read Two Nations Indivisible?

  • Policy makers who want to understand more about the US-Mexico relationship
  • Educators and students interested in world politics
  • Americans and Mexicans hoping to understand each other better

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International Economics Books: The Hidden Wealth of Nations by Gabriel Zucman

The Hidden Wealth of Nations

Gabriel Zucman
The Scourge of Tax Havens
3.7 (32 ratings)
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What's The Hidden Wealth of Nations about?

The Hidden Wealth of Nations (2015) reveals the truth about the decades of deceitful business practices that have added to today’s economic turmoil. Trillions of dollars worldwide go untaxed, and nations put the burden on innocent citizens, which only increases economic tensions. So what can be done to stop tax evasion and get corporations to start paying their dues?

Who should read The Hidden Wealth of Nations?

  • People curious about the Panama Papers leak
  • Students and professionals interested in global finance and economics
  • Anyone interested in the politics of money

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International Economics Books: The Haves and the Have-Nots by Branko Milanović

The Haves and the Have-Nots

Branko Milanović
A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality
4.3 (21 ratings)
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What's The Haves and the Have-Nots about?

The Haves and the Have-Nots (2010) shows how inequality throughout history has made its mark on society at large. These blinks explore three types of inequality: inequality among individuals in a single country; inequality among countries; and global inequality, or inequality among all the world’s citizens.

Who should read The Haves and the Have-Nots?

  • Students interested in politics and global justice
  • People curious about global economics

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International Economics Books: Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? by Thomas Geoghegan

Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Thomas Geoghegan
How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life
3.8 (11 ratings)
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What's Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? about?

Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? (2010) examines the true nature of the American economy as revealed by an eye-opening investigation that compared living standards in the United States with countries in Europe. By examining differences in health benefits and employee rights, among other issues, these blinks reveal how European nations such as Germany have quietly taken the lead when it comes to economic health and prosperity.

Who should read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent??

  • Middle-class Americans wondering why they work such long hours
  • People thinking about moving to Europe
  • Readers keen to learn the inner workings of social democracy

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International Economics Books: The Only Game In Town by Mohamed A. El-Erian

The Only Game In Town

Mohamed A. El-Erian
Central Banks, Instability, And Avoiding The Next Collapse
4.1 (80 ratings)
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What's The Only Game In Town about?

The 2008 financial crisis dramatically changed the global economic landscape. Central banks now play a very different role than they did previously, and we now face a set of new economic risks and problems. The Only Game in Town (2016) outlines the roots of these risks and problems, and what we can do to start overcoming them.

Who should read The Only Game In Town?

  • Economists, analysts and bankers
  • Anyone curious about the future of global politics

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International Economics Books: America’s Bank by Roger Lowenstein

America’s Bank

Roger Lowenstein
The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve Act
4.2 (31 ratings)
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What's America’s Bank about?

In America’s Bank (2015), you’ll discover the gripping story of the US Federal Reserve, or “Fed.” These blinks trace the history behind the development and unification of the American banking system and show the complex web of interests and players that continue to shape the system today.

Who should read America’s Bank?

  • Students interested in economics or politics
  • People interested in American history

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International Economics Books: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House

On Saudi Arabia

Karen Elliott House
Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines – and Future
3.8 (74 ratings)
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What's On Saudi Arabia about?

On Saudi Arabia (2012) gives a fascinating overview of a country rife with contradictions. Despite being immensely wealthy, Saudi Arabia is filled with people who live in abject poverty. And although on its way to being counted among the world’s most powerful countries, it has an education system that’s received execrable rankings. Add to this a liberal dose of religious fanaticism and a complex royal family and you’ll begin to see why Saudi Arabia has struggled to come to terms with itself.

Who should read On Saudi Arabia?

  • Readers wanting to know more about life in Saudi Arabia
  • Economists interested in a rich yet struggling nation
  • Travelers considering a visit to Saudi Arabia

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International Economics Books: Rare by Keith Veronese

Rare

Keith Veronese
The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth
4.2 (16 ratings)
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What's Rare about?

Rare (2015) sheds light on the common but elusive chemical elements beneath the earth’s surface – elements that play an increasingly important role in the development of modern technology. Get a better sense of what’s really driving the geopolitical struggles between the world’s superpowers, and what a group of rare earth metals has to do with the future of our energy sources, gadgets and military technology.

Who should read Rare?

  • Economists interested in the division of the world’s valuable mineral resources
  • Tech junkies curious about what their devices are made of
  • Concerned consumers who want to know more about what they buy

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International Economics Books: Brazillionaires by Alex Cuadros

Brazillionaires

Alex Cuadros
Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country
3.8 (33 ratings)
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What's Brazillionaires about?

Brazillionaires (2016) exposes the true story behind Brazil’s tumultuous economy. By tracing the rise and fall of billionaires like Eike Batista, these blinks take you through the country’s history of inequality and corruption, and explain how the nation’s politics and business have become inseparable.

Who should read Brazillionaires?

  • Readers interested in South American affairs
  • Economists
  • Students of political science

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International Economics Books: Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

Empire of Cotton

Sven Beckert
A Global History
4.5 (48 ratings)
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What's Empire of Cotton about?

Empire of Cotton (2014) chronicles the long and complex history of that fluffy plant – cotton. These blinks detail how the cotton industry connected the world from Manchester, England, to rural India, while describing the incredible impact that cotton production has had on the development of economic systems.

Who should read Empire of Cotton?

  • Historians, economists and political scientists
  • People interested in the history of capitalism and globalization
  • Anyone curious about the history of their jeans and T-shirts

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International Economics Books: The Evolution of Money by David Orrell and Roman Chlupatý

The Evolution of Money

David Orrell and Roman Chlupatý
4.1 (79 ratings)
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What's The Evolution of Money about?

The Evolution of Money (2016) offers an insightful look at the history of currency in civilized society, from shells and coins to the digital ones and zeroes of an online bank account. Find out how monetary systems have always functioned much like religion – without faith and belief, they’d collapse – and learn what the future may have in store.

Who should read The Evolution of Money?

  • Students of politics and economics
  • Businesspeople
  • Anyone curious about the financial crisis of 2007

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International Economics Books: Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole

Economics for the Common Good

Jean Tirole
4.0 (68 ratings)
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What's Economics for the Common Good about?

Jean Tirole’s Economics for the Common Good (2017) is a wide-ranging look at the contemporary economy, packed with plenty of insights into the theory and practice of modern-day economics. Deconstructing the supposed opposition of state and market, Tirole explores their many interconnections in fields ranging from climate change to property rights and the new digital economy.

Who should read Economics for the Common Good?

  • Anyone interested in the how, what and why of economics
  • Proponents of free markets and advocates of state regulation
  • Anyone who’s ever wondered why climate change is so hard to tackle

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International Economics Books: Us vs. Them by Ian Bremmer

Us vs. Them

Ian Bremmer
The Failure of Globalism
4.4 (79 ratings)
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What's Us vs. Them about?

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.

Who should read Us vs. Them?

  • 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

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International Economics Books: The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs

The End of Poverty

Jeffrey Sachs
Economic Possibilities for Our Time
4.1 (91 ratings)
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What's The End of Poverty about?

The End of Poverty (2005) is a guide to ending extreme poverty once and for all. These blinks explain how little investment is actually required to transform the lives of millions. That is, as long as it’s spent wisely.

Who should read The End of Poverty?

  • Anybody who wants to end global poverty
  • Everyone with an interest in politics or international relations
  • Every charitable person

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International Economics Books: Adults in The Room by Yanis Varoufakis

Adults in The Room

Yanis Varoufakis
My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment
4.1 (76 ratings)
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What's Adults in The Room about?

Adults in the Room (2017) is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of what it’s like to deal with the European Union establishment, as experienced by the former Minister of Finance of Greece. This scathing exposé shows that, when it comes to global politics, the best interests of weaker nations aren’t always of the utmost importance to those in charge.

Who should read Adults in The Room?

  • European citizens
  • Anyone interested in European politics
  • Students of economics and world affairs

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International Economics Books: Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth
Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
4.1 (195 ratings)
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What's Doughnut Economics about?

Doughnut Economics (2017) is a call to arms for a fresh approach to economics. As inequality soars and environmental crisis looms, the book’s central question has never seemed more relevant. How can we build a just economic system that allows us to thrive while preserving the planet? A good place to start, Kate Raworth suggests, is to do away with the old myths that have shaped economic thinking for so long. Zeroing in on the doughnut-shaped “sweet spot” in which our needs can be sustainably met, this is a thought-provoking read which might just help save the world.

Who should read Doughnut Economics?

  • Anyone losing sleep over the Earth’s future as climate change kicks in
  • Economic innovators in search of new models for a new century
  • Fans of fresh thinking on big topics

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International Economics Books: The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads

Peter Frankopan
A New History of the World
4.6 (219 ratings)
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What's The Silk Roads about?

The Silk Roads (2015) is a comprehensive history of the world, written with an eye to the networks of trade that shaped it. The networks of trade first established in ancient Persia and later linked with Chinese trade routes created a great network between the East and the West. But these Silk Roads are not relics of the past. They have morphed and changed, and their impact can be felt today, right down to America’s fateful engagement in the region where it all began.

Who should read The Silk Roads?

  • Economists looking for historical parallels
  • Intrigued followers of world events who want to learn about trade
  • Historians of all stripes

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International Economics Books: Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Dambisa Moyo
Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth – and How to Fix It
3.9 (62 ratings)
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What's Edge of Chaos about?

Edge of Chaos (2018) examines the key challenges that liberal democracies around the world are facing today. Aging populations, limited resources and increasing debt are all threats to these countries’ economic well-being – but so too are the “remedies” of short-term policies and protectionism. Author Dambisa Moyo examines that misguided agenda and presents a radical blueprint for economic growth in the twenty-first century.

Who should read Edge of Chaos?

  • Citizens concerned about Brexit and Donald Trump
  • Policymakers interested in rebuilding their political systems
  • Curious readers hoping to get a grip on global economic systems

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International Economics Books: India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha

India After Gandhi

Ramachandra Guha
The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
4.5 (146 ratings)
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What's India After Gandhi about?

India after Gandhi (2007) chronicles the story of post-independence India. For centuries, the country was ruled by colonial overlords, but that changed in 1947. After a long struggle for independence, Indians gained self-rule. Since then, the journey hasn’t been easy, but India remains a persevering and determined democracy – and the largest the world has ever seen.

Who should read India After Gandhi?

  • Students of history interested in the region of south Asia
  • Indians looking to learn more about their contemporary history
  • Political junkies looking to clue into a new region

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International Economics Books: The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

The New Silk Roads

Peter Frankopan
The Present and Future of the World
3.9 (168 ratings)
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What's The New Silk Roads about?

The New Silk Roads (2018) explores current affairs and political trends from an Eastern perspective. Using up-to-date examples and staggering statistics, the blinks explain the complicated global relationships and alliances at play in international relations today.

Who should read The New Silk Roads?

  • Current affairs enthusiasts looking for fresh insights
  • History buffs wanting a new perspective
  • Business leaders wanting to prepare for the world of tomorrow

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International Economics Books: The AI Economy by Roger Bootle

The AI Economy

Roger Bootle
Work, Wealth and Welfare in the Robot Age
4.0 (234 ratings)
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What's The AI Economy about?

The AI Economy tackles the most pressing economic questions surrounding the rise of Artificial Intelligence. How will the development and spread of smart machines’ age affect our jobs, wages and work hours? How will it impact investment, interest rates and inequality? Acclaimed economist Roger Bootle applies his knowledge of history, technology and macroeconomics to investigate how the fourth industrial revolution will transform the global economy. 

Who should read The AI Economy?

  • Business owners and investors who want to make the most of the new economy
  • Government officials and policymakers who want to help people thrive in the robot age
  • Individuals who wish to prepare themselves for the AI revolution

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International Economics Books: The Third Pillar by Raghuram Rajan

The Third Pillar

Raghuram Rajan
The Revival of Community in a Polarized World
4.5 (41 ratings)
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What's The Third Pillar about?

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.

Who should read The Third Pillar?

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

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International Economics Books: The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

The Anarchy

William Dalrymple
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
4.5 (153 ratings)
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What's The Anarchy about?

The Anarchy (2019) details how the East India Company, an English joint-stock corporation, came to rule the British economy – and the fates of 200 million South Asians. From its founding in 1599 by privateers and pirates to its time as master of the largest standing army in South Asia, the Company fanned the flames of anarchy, then used the resulting chaos as an opportunity to loot an empire.  

Who should read The Anarchy?

  • History hounds so appalled by colonialism that they can’t look away
  • Those interested in how corporations came to rule our lives
  • Travel junkies looking to contextualize their time in India

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International Economics Books: Open by Johan Norberg

Open

Johan Norberg
The Story of Human Progress
4.5 (67 ratings)
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What's Open about?

Open (2020) traces the progress of ancient and modern human accomplishments, and reveals that behind all of our major advancements is a policy of openness, tolerance, and free trade. You’ll see how, from the Phoenicians to the Dutch East India Trading Company, the free flow of commerce and ideas has led to wealth, innovation, and problem-solving that would have never been possible otherwise.

Who should read Open?

  • History buffs
  • Those interested in the Brexit debate
  • People keen to know the secrets of innovation and progress

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International Economics Books: The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato

The Value of Everything

Mariana Mazzucato
Making and Taking in the Global Economy
4.4 (148 ratings)
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What's The Value of Everything about?

The Value of Everything (2018) presents an argument for redefining value in the economy so that we can better understand who really creates value, and who extracts it.

Who should read The Value of Everything?

  • Economists eager for new ideas
  • Fans of politics in search of change
  • Lovers of radical ideas and ambitious visions

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International Economics Books: The Promise of Bitcoin by Bobby C. Lee

The Promise of Bitcoin

Bobby C. Lee
The Future of Money and How It Can Work for You
4.2 (364 ratings)
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What's The Promise of Bitcoin about?

The Promise of Bitcoin (2021) is an introduction to the financial revolution that began in 2009 – the year an anonymous coder who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto launched Bitcoin. Rooted in the conviction that old monetary systems have failed us, this digital currency promises a more trustworthy, decentralized, and democratic alternative. How does it work? Few people can explain that better than Bobby Lee, a Bitcoin pioneer who’s been on the barricades since the revolution’s earliest days. 

Who should read The Promise of Bitcoin?

  • Investors looking for new opportunities
  • Critics of the banking system 
  • Technophobes wondering what all the Bitcoin fuss is about

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International Economics Books: Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell

Economic Facts and Fallacies

Thomas Sowell
3.4 (749 ratings)
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What's Economic Facts and Fallacies about?

Economic Facts and Fallacies (2008) takes some common assumptions about economics and politics and reveals them as fallacies. It’s only by facing uncomfortable truths, the book argues, that we can begin to solve the problems in front of us.

Who should read Economic Facts and Fallacies?

  • Those interested in politics and economics
  • Anyone looking for a contrary perspective
  • Libertarians and conservatives

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International Economics Books: Drive (new version) by Daniel Pink

Drive (new version)

Daniel Pink
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
4.6 (705 ratings)
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What's Drive (new version) about?

Drive (2009) points out that many organizations still follow a “carrot and stick” approach, using external incentives to motivate people. It explains why this is a bad idea and introduces a more effective solution: sparking engagement by catering to the psychology of intrinsic motivation.

Who should read Drive (new version)?

  • Psychology buffs interested in human behavior
  • Executives who’d like to leverage the power of intrinsic motivation
  • Anyone who wants to find out how to effectively motivate themselves

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International Economics Books: Shutdown by Adam Tooze

Shutdown

Adam Tooze
How Covid Shook the World's Economy
3.3 (94 ratings)
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What's Shutdown about?

Shutdown (2021) explores the unprecedented shock COVID-19 dealt the world economy. The story begins with the revelation of the disease in January 2020 by Chinese President Xi Jinping and ends precisely a year later with the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, and through this history, Shutdown shows how markets and governments reeled from the blow, how they regained their footing, and what we might learn for the next worldwide crisis. 

Who should read Shutdown?

  • News junkies and history buffs alike
  • Those who know that economic policy matters
  • Anyone seeking perspective on our tumultuous times

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International Economics Books: The Raging 2020s by Alec Ross

The Raging 2020s

Alec Ross
Companies, Countries, People – and the Fight for Our Future
3.8 (95 ratings)
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What's The Raging 2020s about?

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.

Who should read The Raging 2020s?

  • 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

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International Economics Books: Earth for All by 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
4.5 (49 ratings)
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What's Earth for All about?

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.

Who should read Earth for All?

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

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International Economics Books: Slouching Towards Utopia by J. Bradford DeLong

Slouching Towards Utopia

J. Bradford DeLong
An Economic History of the Twentieth Century
4.0 (46 ratings)
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What's Slouching Towards Utopia about?

Slouching Towards Utopia (2022) examines the “long century” between 1870 and 2010, during which technological progress, globalization, and the advent of social democracy opened a new horizon of human progress. Barring the horror years of World Wars I and II, humanity seemed to be on a slow, uneven crawl toward utopia. But in 2010, the tables turned. Economic progress in the Global North ground to a halt. 

Who should read Slouching Towards Utopia?

  • History buffs
  • John Maynard Keynes fans
  • Anyone wondering how the world became so unequal

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International Economics Books: How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil

How the World Really Works

Vaclav Smil
The Science of Our Past, Present and Future
4.4 (638 ratings)
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What's How the World Really Works about?

How the World Really Works (2022) tackles a paradox at the heart of the modern world: we’ve never had so much information at our fingertips and never known so little about how things actually work. Of course, we can’t be experts in everything. But, Vaclav Smil argues, it’s our duty as citizens to be informed about the basics – the big questions that shape our societies and their futures.

Who should read How the World Really Works?

  • History and science enthusiasts
  • Anyone interested in how their food gets made
  • Those wondering what energy actually is

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International Economics Books: MegaThreats by Nouriel Roubini

MegaThreats

Nouriel Roubini
Ten Dangerous Trends That Imperil Our Future, and How to Survive Them
3.9 (381 ratings)
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What's MegaThreats about?

MegaThreats (2022) delves into the ten most pressing potential threats to humanity's future. The author examines the evidence and potential consequences for each threat, questioning whether we are doing enough to prevent or prepare for them.

Who should read MegaThreats?

  • Futurists
  • Students of economics
  • Doomsday preppers

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International Economics Books: The End of the World Is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan

The End of the World Is Just the Beginning

Peter Zeihan
Mapping the Collapse of Globalization
4.4 (238 ratings)
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What's The End of the World Is Just the Beginning about?

The End of the World Is Just Beginning (2022) asks what happens if or when the United States stops policing the global order it established after the Second World War. The short answer is that the world as we know it will come to a grinding, potentially violent halt. The longer answer takes us on a thrilling ride through the politics and economics of trade, energy, and foreign policy. 

Who should read The End of the World Is Just the Beginning?

  • History buffs 
  • Politicos with an interest in foreign policy
  • Anyone trying to figure out global events

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International Economics Books: Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky

Profit Over People

Noam Chomsky
Neoliberalism and Global Order
4.3 (410 ratings)
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What's Profit Over People about?

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.

Who should read Profit Over People?

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

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International Economics Books: Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation by John Manners-Bell, Ken Lyon

Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation

John Manners-Bell, Ken Lyon
A Practical Guide to Disruptive Technologies and New Business Models
4.1 (127 ratings)
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What's Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation about?

Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation (2021) maps the current pain points and inefficiencies in global supply chains while charting the innovations and new technologies poised to transform the system. It provides an insider's perspective on the practical challenges facing warehouses, ports, and logistics networks, along with realistic ideas for how leaders can leverage emerging tools like Internet of Things sensors and AI to make supply chains sustainable, resilient, and responsive. 

Who should read Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation?

  • Supply chain professionals
  • Logistics company leaders
  • Tech innovators

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International Economics Books: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty
3.5 (165 ratings)
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What's Capital in the Twenty-First Century about?

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.

Who should read Capital in the Twenty-First Century?

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

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International Economics Books: You Will Own Nothing by Carol Roth

You Will Own Nothing

Carol Roth
Your War with a New Financial World Order and How to Fight Back
3.2 (355 ratings)
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What's You Will Own Nothing about?

You Will Own Nothing (2023) challenges you to confront a possible future where global elites dictate what you do and don’t have. Dive into an investigation of the forces striving to reshape our very notions of ownership, and discover strategies to ensure your autonomy and assets aren't just safe but thriving. Brace yourself: it's time to redefine your future.

Who should read You Will Own Nothing?

  • Financial enthusiasts exploring global economic shifts.
  • Technological futurists keen on societal implications.
  • Advocates for personal rights and wealth autonomy.

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International Economics Books: Destined for War by Graham Allison

Destined for War

Graham Allison
Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
4.2 (130 ratings)
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What's Destined for War about?

Destined for War (2017) applies ancient military thinking to a very contemporary conflict: the power struggle between the established power of the US, and the rising power of China. It uncovers how this dynamic has led to conflict in past centuries, and spells out what the US and China must do in the future to avoid all-out war.

Who should read Destined for War?

  • News junkies who want a deeper understanding of the US’s relationship with China
  • Those interested in how ancient political theory can be applied to contemporary conflicts
  • Those new to world politics who are curious about the current power struggle between China and the US

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International Economics Books: To Dye For by Alden Wicker

To Dye For

Alden Wicker
How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick
4.3 (36 ratings)
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What's To Dye For about?

To Dye For (2023) exposes how the fashion industry harms human health and exploits workers through its use of toxic dyes and lack of supply chain transparency. It delves into the environmental and human costs behind our clothes, while also spotlighting companies innovating health-conscious dyes and production methods. Ultimately, it challenges consumers to make informed choices in order to pressure brands to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries.

Who should read To Dye For?

  • Consumers wanting to make health- and eco-conscious clothing choices
  • Fashion and textile industry professionals
  • Environmental and workers’ rights activists

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International Economics Books: VISA by Paul Chutkow

VISA

Paul Chutkow
The Power of an Idea
4.3 (188 ratings)
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What's VISA about?

Visa (2001) chronicles the humble beginnings of the founder of the Bank of America whose vision to financially empower the people gave rise to an idea that today connects over 22,000 banks and financial institutions.

Who should read VISA?

  • History buffs particularly interested in financial history
  • E-commerce enthusiasts who want to know more about technology’s role in the success of Visa
  • Finance professionals and students looking for a deeper understanding of the growth of payment systems

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International Economics Books: Prediction Machines by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb

Prediction Machines

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb
The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
4.0 (366 ratings)
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What's Prediction Machines about?

Prediction Machines (2018) delves into the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the economics of decision-making. It highlights how AI reduces the cost of predictions, reshapes business problems, and influences decision-making amid uncertainty. The work further explores the value of data in today’s AI-driven economy and the changing dynamics between human labor and automation.

Who should read Prediction Machines?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to leverage AI in their startups
  • Business students looking at the future of industries influenced by AI
  • Tech enthusiasts curious about the intersection of AI and economics

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International Economics Books: The Capitalist Manifesto by Johan Norberg

The Capitalist Manifesto

Johan Norberg
Why the Global Free Market Will Save the World
3.7 (22 ratings)
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What's The Capitalist Manifesto about?

The Capitalist Manifesto (2023) delves into the transformative power of free markets, arguing that capitalism has historically led to unprecedented prosperity and technological progress. It asserts that the global free market system holds the key to solving world challenges, emphasizing capitalism’s role in fostering economic growth and innovation.

Who should read The Capitalist Manifesto?

  • Economics students interested in capitalism’s global impact
  • Business professionals exploring market-driven growth strategies
  • Free-market enthusiasts and capitalism advocates

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International Economics Books: Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Too Big to Fail

Andrew Ross Sorkin
The Inside Story of how Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves
4.0 (108 ratings)
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What's Too Big to Fail about?

Too Big to Fail (2009) draws you into the heart of the 2008 financial crisis, revealing the high-stakes decisions and power struggles that shaped the world's economic landscape at that time. This gripping narrative untangles a complex web of financial intrigue, and will help you understand the forces that drove one of the most tumultuous periods in financial history.

 

Who should read Too Big to Fail?

  • Finance professionals interested in economic crisis insights
  • History buffs exploring twenty-first-century financial events
  • Business students studying real-world corporate strategy

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International Economics Books: Tokens by Rachel O'Dwyer

Tokens

Rachel O'Dwyer
The Future of Money in the Age of the Platform
3.7 (42 ratings)
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What's Tokens about?

Tokens (2023) looks at the transformation of traditional monetary systems in the digital era, highlighting how various forms of digital tokens are increasingly replacing conventional currency. It explores the implications of this shift, particularly focusing on the role of digital platforms in creating new types of economic exchange, ownership, and governance models.

Who should read Tokens?

  • Financial technology professionals and cryptocurrency enthusiasts
  • Tech entrepreneurs exploring new payment systems
  • Anyone interested in the future of digital currency

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International Economics Books: Material World by Ed Conway

Material World

Ed Conway
The Six Raw Materials That Shape Modern Civilization
3.8 (62 ratings)
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What's Material World about?

Material World (2023) delves into the profound influence of six fundamental materials on the course of human civilization: sand, salt, iron, copper, oil, and lithium. You'll explore how these elements have not only built and destroyed empires, but are also crucial to shaping our present existence and future. It's a captivating journey revealing the largely unseen impact of everyday materials on our lives, from ancient times to the digital age.

Who should read Material World?

  • History enthusiasts intrigued by how materials have impacted civilizations
  • Environmentalists interested in sustainable resource management
  • Technology buffs fascinated by material innovation and usage

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International Economics Books: How to Listen When Markets Speak by Lawrence G. McDonald

How to Listen When Markets Speak

Lawrence G. McDonald
Risks, Myths, and Investment Opportunities in a Radically Reshaped Economy
4.1 (10 ratings)
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What's How to Listen When Markets Speak about?

How to Listen When Markets Speak (2024) explores strategies for interpreting the complex signals of financial markets to make informed investment decisions. It offers insights into the correlation between historical market events and current market behaviors, providing readers with the tools to predict and respond to market trends effectively. The guidance within emphasizes the importance of listening to and understanding the nuances of market data and economic indicators.

Who should read How to Listen When Markets Speak?

  • Financial analysts seeking market behavior insights
  • Investors interested in risk management strategies
  • Business students studying financial markets

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International Economics Books: The Everything War by Dana Mattioli

The Everything War

Dana Mattioli
Amazon's Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power
5.0 (1 ratings)
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What's The Everything War about?

The Everything War (2024) is an investigative exposé revealing Amazon’s relentless strategies to dominate the world’s industries. It details how Amazon uses its vast resources and data to outcompete rivals, often resorting to exploitative practices and anticompetitive behavior. What does it really take to own the world and remake corporate powers?

Who should read The Everything War?

  • Those curious about Amazon’s shady legal and ethical history
  • Entrepreneurs and Business leaders
  • Anyone using Amazon services

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