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Economic History

  • The Reckoningby Jacob Soll

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    In The Reckoning , award-winning historian Jacob Soll shows how the use and misuse of financial bookkeeping has determined the fates of entire societies. Time and again, Soll reveals, good and honest accounting has been a tool to build successful companies, states and empires. Yet when it is neglected or falls into the wrong hands, accounting has... more...

  • Central Banking after the Great Recessionby David Wessel

    Brookings Institution Press 2014; US$ 15.00

    The global financial crisis is largely behind us, but it left challenges it posed to the stability of the world's financial system, to the well-being of families all over the globe and to the academic consensus on the way the economy works.? To describe those challenges and the lessons learned, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at... more...

  • The Big Problem of Small Changeby Thomas J. Sargent; François R. Velde

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 46.95

    The Big Problem of Small Change offers the first credible and analytically sound explanation of how a problem that dogged monetary authorities for hundreds of years was finally solved. Two leading economists, Thomas Sargent and François Velde, examine the evolution of Western European economies through the lens of one of the classic problems of... more...

  • The German Economyby Horst Siebert

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 110.00

    In this book, one of Germany's most influential economists describes his country's economy, the largest in the European Union and the third largest in the world, and analyzes its weaknesses: poor GDP growth performance, high unemployment due to a malfunctioning labor market, and an unsustainable social security system. Horst Siebert spells out the... more...

  • The First Crashby Richard Dale

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 65.00

    For nearly three centuries the spectacular rise and fall of the South Sea Company has gripped the public imagination as the most graphic warning to investors of the dangers of unbridled speculation. Yet history repeats itself and the same elemental forces that drove up the price of South Sea shares to dizzying heights in 1720 have in recent years... more...

  • When Washington Shut Down Wall Streetby William L. Silber

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 26.95

    When Washington Shut Down Wall Street unfolds like a mystery story. It traces Treasury Secretary William Gibbs McAdoo's triumph over a monetary crisis at the outbreak of World War I that threatened the United States with financial disaster. The biggest gold outflow in a generation imperiled America's ability to repay its debts abroad. Fear that... more...

  • Securing Prosperityby Paul Osterman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.00

    We live in an age of economic paradox. The dynamism of America's economy is astounding--the country's industries are the most productive in the world and spin off new products and ideas at a bewildering pace. Yet Americans feel deeply uneasy about their economic future. The reason, Paul Osterman explains, is that our recent prosperity is built on... more...

  • Uncle Sam Can't Countby Jr. Burton W. Folsom Jr.; Anita Folsom

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    Drawing on examples from the nation's past and present?the fur trade to railroads, cars and chemicals, aviation to Solyndra? Uncle Sam Can't Count a sweeping work of conservative economic history that explains why the federal government cannot and should not pick winners and losers in the private sector, including the Obama administration. From... more...

  • Uncle Sam Can't Countby Jr. Burton W. Folsom Jr.; Anita Folsom

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    Drawing on examples from the nation's past and present?the fur trade to railroads, cars and chemicals, aviation to Solyndra? Uncle Sam Can't Count a sweeping work of conservative economic history that explains why the federal government cannot and should not pick winners and losers in the private sector, including the Obama administration. From... more...

  • Uncle Sam Can't Countby Jr. Burton W. Folsom Jr.; Anita Folsom

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 17.99

    Drawing on examples from the nation's past and present?the fur trade to railroads, cars and chemicals, aviation to Solyndra? Uncle Sam Can't Count a sweeping work of conservative economic history that explains why the federal government cannot and should not pick winners and losers in the private sector, including the Obama administration. From... more...