I have a long list of books waiting to be read — these half dozen, however, are at the top of my list — sitting on a shelf, patiently waiting to be read — or for my next flight:
• Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly Doesn’t it figure: The one book I don’t have is the one I want to read the most.
• Stephen Roach, Next Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Globalization: Roach up and moved to Asia a few years ago, so I am curious as to what he has to say. Recent FT columns by him, however, make it clear he believes the “supply-oriented growth model that leaves the region heavily dependent on external demand” is sub-optimal. to say the least.
• Bruce Bartlett, The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and a New Way Forward Bartlett is a fascinating character, furious at W for betraying Reagan’s policies. The book has been described as “an informed insider’s knowledge with an economic historian’s perspective.”
• David J. Leinweber, Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets Professor Leinweber is an alpha geek, an interesting and funny guy — the book looks quirky, chock full of his personality. This one looks like fun.
• Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature What language reveals about the Human framework of basic cognitive concepts.
• David Wessel, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic Yes, it will be homework — but Wessel is a good writer, and I hope it is informative about the Fed’s inner workings.