The Most Powerful Idea in the World is a surprisingly readable, insightful, and entertaining book about the steam engine and patent law.
In The New Deal, journalist Michael Hiltzik, tells the story of the people, policies, and actions that shaped the nation.
Matt Stoller’s How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul is the best political analysis I’ve read all year.
Foroohar’s book isn’t perfect–it goes on a bit long and only offers a few solutions—but it’s a well-meaning and well researched book on the modern economy.
In Dawn of Innovation Charles Morris argues that America’s economic dominance wasn’t driven by science, technology or ingenuity, but our commitment to mass production (scale).
In his book The Idea Factory, Jon Gertner makes the case that nearly every single improvement in modern communications can be traced back to one lab, at one company—AT&T.
If they gave awards for the most comprehensive business books of the last ten years Factory Man by Beth Macy would be an unlikely–but worthy contender.
In Age of Ambition, Evan Osnos delivers the impossible. He answers the question, “At what cost was China’s development miracle?”
Each year hundreds of thousands of business books are published. Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is arguably the best business book of the decade.
I can say this with certainty: Command and Control is without a doubt the most comprehensive book on the systemic risk of any nuclear weapons system.