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"Info overload in a good way!" - by Michigan Reviewer (holland, MI USA)
Library book. No purchase. Great book. Almost overwhelming in a sensory way. Chock full of current, global economic information. Presented in a very interesting fashion. Some of the graphs, for me at least, were somewhat hard to decipher. Not the book's fault. Mine. I don't do really intricate graphs all that well. Fascinating book. Most of us will learn lots of new things that we never even knew we didn't know. That good. Hard to put down. Economics is a fascinating field. This book makes it even moreso. I think I may have a lil better grasp of blockchain. This book certainly is a must for those who look beyond the present to envision an even better future. Not sure I would want to be around, however, when robots take all ... full review
"MBA economics book!" - by Andres Medina-Mora
The best book for learning economics. Easy to read. Pretty good examples and graphs.
"Value is remembered long after price is forgotten" - by Hande Z (Singapore)
Mazzucato has written a timely book in an age in which economists and the public alike seem too often to confuse wealth with value. We once understood price as a reasonable gauge for value, but not anymore. In modern capitalism and globalisation, value can be faked. As a result, we often do not see the difference between people and things that create value and those that extract value. What do financial people do when they move assets from one place to another? Are they creating value or just extracting value? In classical economics, ‘value’ is the result of productive activities. In earlier versions of economic thought, we have Adam Smith’s theory of value based on the productivity of labour. In modern times, there are sectors that do not produce anything except moving existing assets around instead of creating new assets. It is now assumed that anything that has a price ... full review
"Economic history beyond "the West" and industrial growth" - by Amazon Kunde
I purchased this book to expand the syllabus for my lecture on World Economic History, as I sought to give more weight to the history of economic and human development in Latin America, Asia and Africa. This work provides an excellent overview on the economic history of these regions, and proved to be stimulating in a number of ways. First, it does give equal weight to Europe and other areas that are often neglected by economic-history textbooks: for example, it contains an excellent chapter discussing economic and social development in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa, something which is often missing in other books. Secondly, the approach to economic and human development really is multifaceted and rich: not only the reader will be offered the most up-to-date standard measures of economic growth and purchasing power such as per capita GDP and real wages; the book also presents very fresh research on ... full review
"Excellent text" - by ERH (Pittsburgh, PA United States)
Recently, there has been an explosion in the quantity and quality of available macroeconomic data, largely the result of advancements in data recording and storage technology. At the same time, there has been advancements in computer hardware and software technology. This unique text gives advanced undergraduates and master's students in business the foundations to take advantage of and analyze available macroeconomic data through the lenses of economic theory. These analytical and quantitative tools are not only those that are in demand among employers, but they will also prepare students for further studies.
"Five Stars" - by Soph (FPO, AE United States)
It worked as designed.
"A must read for anyone even remotely interested in political economy." - by A. (Saied) Seghatoleslami
This is really two books in one. One book is about money, its quantity, banks, the payment system, and the safety of the payment system. The treatment is through and accessible. It is an important work in advancing the cause of building a more robust financial system that better serves businesses and citizens. The book advocates simplicity over complexity and less leverage in the face of uncertainty. When Mervyn King and Neel Kashkari who had front seat view of the financial crisis come to similar conclusions, it is important for policy makers to take note and act.
The other book is an analysis of possible root causes of our low growth world. It convincingly argues that since people spend money based on their view of their lifetime earnings, when they figure out that their previous expectation was wrong and too high, they suddenly change ... full review
"A book for everyone" - by MANSA E.B
This book will make you understand the economic principles and how they affect your life. Corporate power to collaborative economy, the author explained them in simple terms.
"Climate capitalism or why we should sign up Goldman Sachs in the fight against climate change" - by Julien Leger
If we accept the premise that climate change entails clear and present dangers that we humans can prevent, should we proceed by giving up on our current economic model and choose a new direction, or join forces with the leaders of our capitalist economy to reform the model and help them make money on the way? This question is not just theoretical; it has a fundamental impact on the best strategy. If you take climate change seriously, should you join an anti-capitalist group and organize a protest at the next G8 meeting, or join forces with Goldman Sachs? For Peter Newell and Matthew Patterson, the latter is a necessary step.

As the title suggest, this book is about market-based policies (essentially, cap and trade systems and carbon taxes) meant to “decarbonise” our economy; their roots in neoliberalism, their development in the 90’s and 00’s, and their potential and limits to reduce ... full review
"old wine in new bottles-- and I mean that in a good way" - by Wonkish (Singapore)
This book takes disparate events from a wide range of countries and unifies them under the umbrella of their "subterranean" driving force, which the author calls "explusions". Unlike the enclosure movements of 17th-century England, or the predations of the 19th-century robber barons, these "explusions" are systemic rather than easily pinnable on discrete individuals.

Some readers may find this book elliptical; the author doesn't always discuss the evidence in great detail, but lists a substantial number of references that the reader can explore on her own. On the other hand, a reader who is actually well-read will find that the book offers a new framing for a lot of specific facts that are quite well documented in a huge number of other books, and won't really need further discussion of the evidence.

For me, this book was a great call to action, and immediately upon reading the first chapter, I bought ... full review
"Three Stars" - by DasKoenig
just ok
"Highly recommended for all energy experts and practitioners (legal, commercial, policy) from both private and public sectors" - by Gulisha
I am an international energy lawyer based in Washington DC, and found this book very helpful for my work. It is well organized and well written. In my view, it is the best book for any private sector or public sector expert interested in contributing to reshaping the energy sectors around the world to achieve the governments' INDC requirements and to meet the global climate change requirements. This book could easily serve as a handbook for the next 20 years. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Prof. Pollin for this well-researched and well-structured insightful and impactful book.
"Strong economic insight for current global conditions" - by CSF (Newport Beach, CA USA)
I work in finance and, increasingly, the companies I work with are globally connected. A private equity partner I work with recommended this book as a way to get up to speed on how the global economy works. I found it really useful, not at all dry and rigid like I remember economics when I was getting my MBA. You may want to pick and choose chapters. I found the chapters on comparative economies, participants, trade and investment really interesting and useful. Others might more appreciate the chapter on central banking and quantitative easing’s effect on the global economy.

Overall, highly recommend.
"The Must Read Business Book of 2005" - by Jeff (Northern California)
Having read John Battelle's "The Search", I was all set to tell anyone who would listen it is THE business book of the year. After all, any book covering the history of search, the rise of Google, and how Google might be just in its infancy has to be as hot as GOOG's price is. Right?

Well, as fine at Battelle's book is (and you really should read it), Rivoli's is better.

Rivoli takes something as plebian as a tacky tourist T-shirt bought in South Florida and uses it as the start of a global tour from Lubbock to Shanghai to Long Beach to Miami to Brooklyn to Dar es Salaam. And you meet lots of fascinating people along the way, whom you won't soon forget. You'll learn more than you ever imagined about farm subsidies, transoceanic cargo fares, why 'the bottom keeps rising' in the 200 year ... full review
"Great New Book on the Global Economy!" - by Litcritic
Great new book on the global economy and the US's role in its past, present and future. Like a powerful "shot on goal" that knocks a goalie over and rips into the back of the net, this economic account of the global economy and its related dynamics is a "must read". Great job Mr. Rines!