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    How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables – Book Review

How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables – Book Review

How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables. Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw (eds). Meatspace Press. 2019.

In the science-fiction romantic film Her, the director Spike Jonze displays a near future where humanity is permeated by artificially intelligent virtual assistants, so much so that Theodore, the protagonist, develops a relationship with Samantha, his self-named […]

March 29th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress – Book Review

This review was originally published on the blog From Poverty to Power.

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress. Thomas J. Bollyky. MIT Press. 2019.

If you want to step back and think more broadly about Coronavirus, the Universe and Everything, you could do worse than start with Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, by Thomas J. Bollyky, which combines a […]

March 22nd, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future – Book Review

The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you may like to listen to this ‘Extra Innings’ episode of The Ballpark podcast in which Joseph Sternberg talks to Ballpark host Chris Gilson about his book. 

The Theft of A Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future. Joseph C. Sternberg. PublicAffairs. 2019.

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March 15th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events – Book Review

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events – Book Review

If you are interested in this review, you can watch a video of Robert J. Shiller speaking about his new book at LSE or listen to a podcast of the event, both recorded on 6 September 2019. 

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events. Robert J. Shiller. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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Robert Shiller’s new […]

March 8th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy – Book Review

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy – Book Review

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Jenny Odell. Melville House Publishing. 2019.

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The Potential of Nothing is Everything

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell caught my attention as someone who is anxious about not doing enough, while feeling I’ve overcommitted to too many things. A function of over-promising and under-delivering in […]

March 1st, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work – Book Review

The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work – Book Review

The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work. Richard Baldwin. Oxford University Press. 2019.

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There is little wonder that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked ongoing debates about the future of work. In The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work, Richard Baldwin, the author of The Great Convergence, provides a […]

February 23rd, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    From Spinster to Career Woman: Middle-Class Women and Work in Victorian England – Book Review

From Spinster to Career Woman: Middle-Class Women and Work in Victorian England – Book Review

From Spinster to Career Woman: Middle-Class Women and Work in Victorian England. Arlene Young. McGill-Queen’s University Press. 2019.

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Spinster: ‘an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying’.

In From Spinster to Career Woman, Arlene Young takes us on a fascinating, complex and radical journey exploring women’s work in mid-Victorian England. Young examines cultural perceptions […]

February 16th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|

Are Filter Bubbles Real? – Book Review

Are Filter Bubbles Real? Axel Bruns. Polity. 2019.

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Terms like ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’ have transcended social media and political communication research to enter the public consciousness, being associated in particular with polarisation in today’s societies and the unexpected outcomes of recent public votes, such as the victories of Donald Trump and the Brexiteers. In short, […]

February 9th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost – Book Review

Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost – Book Review

Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost. Caitlin Zaloom. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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Laura and Chris are the proud parents of Sam and Mark who respectively attend Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University in the US. Whilst Sam and Mark utilise federal loans of $7,500 and $5,500 each year, Laura takes on additional nursing […]

February 2nd, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company – Book Review

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company – Book Review

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company. William Dalrymple. Bloomsbury. 2019.

The rapid collapse of the mighty and opulent Mughal Empire in the early eighteenth century stands as almost an enigma of history, but perhaps what was even more improbable was its complete replacement not by a rival state, but by a European trading company a […]

January 19th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed – Book Review

Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed – Book Review

Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed. Lisa Duggan. University of California Press. 2019.

In 1905, Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum was born into a middle-class Jewish family in St. Petersburg, Russia. While Rosenbaum lived a relatively comfortable life financially until her teens, it is important to acknowledge that she grew up in what Anne C. Heller has described as […]

January 12th, 2020|Book Review|1 Comment|
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    Ten of the best books of 2019 recommended by LSE blog editors

Ten of the best books of 2019 recommended by LSE blog editors

Many of the LSE blogs regularly feature book reviews of the latest publications emerging across the social sciences. But which books have LSE blog editors been enjoying in 2019? In this list, five LSE blog editors recommend their favourite reads of the year.

Much of my work involves thinking about Brexit, which can be unhealthy. The fact that so much […]

January 5th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It – Book Review

Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It – Book Review

Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It. Heather Boushey. Harvard University Press. 2019.

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The 2020 US Presidential election is less than a year away and competing claims about the state of the US economy will inevitably dominate the selection process. Heather Boushey, the former Chief Economist on Hillary Clinton’s transition team, […]

December 15th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room – Book Review

Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room – Book Review

Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room. Daniel Beunza. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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In Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room, Daniel Beunza analyses how the use of economic models and the moral disengagement this has created have significantly transformed the global financial industry. The […]

December 8th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler – Book Review

1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler. Tobias Straumann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

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1931 was an inflection point in history, a year in which so much of such consequence happened that, nearly a century later, one still strains to make sense of it all. On 19 September 1931, Japan invaded Manchuria, an act of aggression that […]

December 1st, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism – Book Review

The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism – Book Review

The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism. Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias. Stanford University Press. 2019.

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The age of Big Data has frequently been framed as a new frontier in human life, presenting both brand new opportunities and brand new challenges. In The Costs of Connection, Nick Couldry […]

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    Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World – Book Review

Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you can listen to a podcast of Branko Milanovic speaking at the LSE public event, ‘Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World’.

Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Branko Milanovic. Harvard University Press. 2019.

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Capitalism, Alone by Branko Milanovic is a remarkable book, […]

November 17th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Shoshana Zuboff. Profile Books. 2019.
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Early this year, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism arrived to herald the new form of economic oppression we have watched creep into our lives. Zuboff, a professor emerita from Harvard Business School known […]

November 10th, 2019|Book Review, LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Book Review 

Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Book Review 

Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century. Torben Iversen and David Soskice. Princeton University Press. 2019.

Is democracy compatible with (advanced) capitalism? And how has (advanced) democracy maintained resilience? In Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century, Torben Iversen and David Soskice, two prominent scholars of comparative political economy, take up the challenge to contribute to […]

November 3rd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps – Book Review

Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps. London School of Economics and Mary S. Morgan, Inderbir Bhullar, Sarah Wise, Anne Power, Katie Garner, Aileen Reid and Jacob F. Field, with a foreword by Iain Sinclair. Thames and Hudson. 2019.

“I may here draw your attention to the many coloured map hanging on the screen, which I have called the Map of […]

October 27th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|