Book cover of Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age by David Wessel
Business & Money

Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age

In a Winners Take All meets This Town narrative, a New York Times bestselling author tells the story of the creation of a massive tax break, in which political and economic elites attend to the care and feeding of the super-rich, and inequality compounds.

David Wessel’s incredible tale of how Washington works-and why the rich keep getting richer-starts when a Silicon Valley entrepreneur develops an idea intended as a way to help poor people that will save rich people money on their taxes. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon
Biography & History

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

How America’s high standard of living came to be and why future growth is under threat

In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? […Learn More]

Biography & History

Crashed: How Decades of Financial Crises Changed the World

From a prizewinning economic historian, an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis (and its ten-year aftermath) as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today.

We live in a world where dramatic shifts in the domestic and global economy command the headlines, from rollbacks in US banking regulations to tariffs that may ignite international trade wars. […Learn More]

Business & Money

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

A “bracingly iconoclastic” (New York Times) critique of global development that points a way toward respect for the poor and an end to global poverty

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that requires the right “expert” solution. Yet all too often, experts fix immediate problems without addressing the systematic oppression that created them. […Learn More]