ECONOMICS

This category is for books explaining the theory and practice of economics: the various schools of thought; how depression, inflation, recession, and other crises are dealt with; and how economic controls (as with patents) and models (as with climate change) apply to the real world.

List of available reviews of books on economics

PRINCIPAL
AUTHOR
TITLE
(Linked to review)
RATING
(0-5)
REVIEW
DATE
ONE-LINE
DESCRIPTION
Laughlin, Robert The Crime of Reason 4.0 9/26/2013 Physics Nobelist Laughlin does a decent job on America's dysfunctional patent system in Chapter 5, but not so well overall with his hypothesis based on economics.
Nadeau, Robert L. The Environmental Endgame 5.0 1/07/2009 Professor Nadeau thoroughly demolishes the illusion that mainstream economics possesses rigor and reliable predictive power.
Nordhaus, William D. The Climate Casino 5.0 7/08/2014 Dr. Nordhaus melds economics with climate science models and makes a surprisingly sanguine projection for society.
Phillips, Ken Bad Money 5.0 9/23/2009 Every American knows about the Great Recession of 2008, but few understand what caused it. Veteran economic reporter Ken Phillips provides a comprehensive education on the topic.
Reich, Richard B. Supercapitalism 5.0 4/27/2011 Economics professor and Clinton's former Labor Secretary, Reich wants corporations free to be corporations and thinks the trend to personify them is terribly wrong — but wants them restrained by a well-educated and actively involved citizenry which induces government to pass laws which level businesses' playing field.
Reich, Richard B. Saving Capitalism 5.0 12/03/2016 Professor Reich's latest work is a cogent analysis of America's vexing income and wealth inequality. It cites multiple sources and presents some possible corrective measures.
Wagner, Gernot Climate Shock 4.5 7/28/2016 Focusing on economics, the authors make a good case for the chance of a 6°C rise in mean temperature, which would lead to a world of hurts.
Quality Ranges for Book Reviews
The books are rated from 0 to 5 in increments of 0.5. Colors represent the following quality ranges:
4.0 to 5.0 Quality: HIGH (Color = Aqua) Competent to exceptional; well worth the money
2.0 to 3.5 Quality: FAIR (Color = Lime) Useful despite some flaws; may or may not be worth buying.
0.5 to 1.5 Quality: POOR (Color = Yellow) Seriously flawed; read it if you wish, but don't buy it.
0.0 to 0.0 Quality: YUCK (Color = Fuchsia) Avoid this book at all costs!
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