Book Reviews

Housing Crisis

Generation Priced Out: Who Gets To Live In The New Urban America? by Randy Shaw

The challenges around housing in urban areas are about NIMBY politics and the generation that owns everything, according to Randy Shaw. Stories from San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Austin, LA and Denver illuminate.

On Capitalism

Can American Capitalism Survive? Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won’t Make Us Poor by Steven Pearlstein

Pearlstein lays out the argument that societies with higher levels of cooperation and trust are more prosperous than those where legal mechanisms are needed to enforce good market behaviors. And more.

The Meritocracy

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert Frank

Economist Robert Frank is concerned. Concerned that not enough people recognize the role that good fortune and luck plays in their success, and that too many people attribute their success entirely to their own hard work and virtue.

Jobs

Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass by Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri

There’s a gray area between the robots taking over and human labor, and a new class of worker bridging the gap between what Artificial Intelligence systems can and can not do. Enter the world of Ghost Work.

Jobs

Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

Meaning and purpose. David Graeber’s book is about the growth of jobs with neither.

The Future

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future by Pete Buttigieg

Getting to know Mayor Pete, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend Indiana who wants to be your next President.

On Capitalism

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties by Paul Collier

A development economist moved by poverty at home revisits the ethical dimensions of capitalism.

Capitalism for the rest of us

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works—and How It Fails by Yanis Varoufakis

The People’s Economist of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, has a lot of explaining to do. To his daughter.

Language of Capitalism

A Problem of Definitions: the Keywords of Capitalism

It’s hard to have a conversation about the future if the words we’re using to discuss it hold different meanings for those involved. On James Patrick Leary’s Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism.

On Capitalism

Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich

The question of capitalism’s longevity has been the subject of many “big think” books in recent times. Robert Reich contributes.