What Money Can't Buy - Michael J. Sandel

We live in an era when virtually everything is up for sale—babies, permits to shoot endangered species, advertising space on student report cards, and even a baseball announcer’s message when a player hits a home run. In his lucid and provocative book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27), Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel, one of the world’s pre-eminent political scientists, assesses what happens to the common good when market values crowd out social and civic values. With eye-opening examples from everyday life, and some entertaining digs at well-known economists (including some of his colleagues and friends), he makes a persuasive and elegant case for how we can change the current scenario.

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ISBN: 9780374533656
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef - Gabrielle Hamilton

The best food writing is always about more than food, and that is the case with Blood, Bones, and Butter (Random House, $26), the excellent memoir and first book by Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef and owner of Prune, a popular restaurant in New York City’s East Village.  The book is part coming-of-age tale about the pluses and minuses of growing up with artistic and food-loving parents whose divorce ultimately shattered their children’s lives.  Beyond recounting her family travails, Hamilton uses her considerable training and skill as a writer to describe how a succession of food experiences (including hunger) led her to open a restaurant that would transcend the faddish trends of modern American cooking. A cross between M.F.K Fisher and Patti Smith? Sort of. Hamilton’s book will appeal not only to cooks and omnivores, but to anyone who appreciates a well-told story about finding one’s passion and meaning in life.

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ISBN: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 24th, 2012

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius - Sylvia Nasar

This vibrant narrative history of political economics from the 1840s to today recasts the dismal science as a Grand Pursuit (Simon & Schuster, $35). Sylvia Nasar covered economics for The New York Times before turning to biography with A Beautiful Mind, and she combines these two areas of expertise to elucidate ideas and investigate the lives they grew out of. Here’s Alfred Marshall, walking Dickens’s London to get a first-hand look at labor conditions. Here’s Marx, hunkered down in libraries. Nasar covers the Great Depression and two world wars, recreating the experiences of Schumpeter, Keynes, Hayek, Fisher, and others as they faced the terrific challenges of avoiding economic ruin once the gunfire had stopped. The book closes with Amartya Sen, a high-caste Bengali, witnessing the horrors of the 1943 famine, partition, and violence, and using ethics to develop a new economics of social welfare. As much an adventure as a history of ideas, Nasar’s book shows economists in action as the “trustees…of the possibilities of civilization.”

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ISBN: 9780684872995
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 31st, 2012