My Favorite Popular Economics Books

I encourage readers to post their favorite popular economics books in the Comments below.

This is my ’15 Minute’ version —- the best list I can think up in fifteen minutes.

Some of these venture into sociology a bit.

1, 2, 3  tie

These three are in a class by themselves…..

Peter Warburton, Debt and Delusion.

Frederik Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

Daniel Bell, The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.

4. David Landes, The Wealth and Povery of Nations

5. Francis Fukuyama, Trust

6. John Kenneth Galbraith, Money: Whence it Came, Where it Went

7.  Charles Morris, Money, Greed, and Fear.

8.  Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, Peter Bernstein.  For a modern rendition of the same story, be on the lookout for Aaron Brown’s book, Red-Blooded Risk.  I’m looking for this book to have a lot of buzz in late 2011, 2012.

9.  Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. Hal Varian.  This was the gameplan for Google’s takeover of the world.

10.  Butterfly Economics, Paul Omelrod.

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