Book cover of Free Market: The History of an Idea by Jacob Soll
Biography & History

Free Market: The History of an Idea

After two government bailouts of the US economy in less than twenty years, free market ideology is due for serious reappraisal. In Free Market, Jacob Soll details how we got to this current crisis, and how we can find our way out by looking to earlier iterations of free market thought. Contrary to popular narratives, early market theorists believed that states had an important role in building and maintaining free markets. […Learn More]

Book cover of Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism by Mariana Mazzucato

Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

An award-winning author and leading international economist delivers a hard-hitting and much needed critique of modern capitalism in which she argues that, to solve the massive crises facing us, we must be innovative—we must use collaborative, mission-oriented thinking while also bringing a stakeholder view of public private partnerships which means not only taking risks together but also sharing the rewards. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism by Jennifer A. Delton
Biography & History

The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism

The first complete history of US industry’s most influential and controversial lobbyist

Founded in 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers―NAM―helped make manufacturing the basis of the US economy and a major source of jobs in the twentieth century. The Industrialists traces the history of the advocacy group from its origins to today, examining its role in shaping modern capitalism, while also highlighting the many tensions and contradictions within the organization that sometimes hampered its mission. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato
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The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

A scathing indictment of our current global financial system, The Value of Everything rigorously scrutinizes the way in which economic value has been accounted and reveals how economic theory has failed to clearly delineate the difference between value creation and value extraction. Mariana Mazzucato argues that the increasingly blurry distinction between the two categories has allowed certain actors in the economy to portray themselves as value creators, while in reality they are just moving around existing value or, even worse, destroying it.  […Learn More]

Book cover of Reimagning Capitalism in a World on Fire by Rebecca Henderson
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Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

A renowned Harvard professor debunks prevailing orthodoxy with a new intellectual foundation and a practical pathway forward for a system that has lost its moral and ethical foundation.
Free market capitalism is one of humanity’s greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short. […Learn More]

Biography & History

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

From one of the nation’s preeminent experts on economic policy, a major reassessment of the foundations of modern economic thinking that explores the profound influence of an until-now unrecognized force–religion.

Critics of contemporary economics complain that belief in free markets–among economists as well as many ordinary citizens–is a form of religion. […Learn More]

Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World by Branko Milanovic
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Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World

A provocative account of capitalism’s rise to global dominance and, as different models of capitalism vie for world leadership, a look into what the future may hold.

We are all capitalists now. For the first time in human history, the globe is dominated by one economic system. In Capitalism, Alone, leading economist Branko Milanovic explains the reasons for this decisive historical shift since the days of feudalism and, later, communism. […Learn More]

Book Cover of Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen
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Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero

An against-the-grain polemic on American capitalism from New York Times bestselling author Tyler Cowen.

We love to hate the 800-pound gorilla. Walmart and Amazon destroy communities and small businesses. Facebook turns us into addicts while putting our personal data at risk. From skeptical politicians like Bernie Sanders who, at a 2016 presidential campaign rally said, “If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist,” […Learn More]