By, Paul C. Light (Brookings Inst. Press)
"Written by one of this country's preeminent experts on the federal government, Paul Light's Government by Investigation is essential reading for investigators who seek better government."
—Lee H. Hamilton, former U.S. representative; director, The Center on Congress at Indiana University
By Richard S. Grossman (Oxford Univ. Press)
"Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to, well, not learn
from the past. In an age when ideology rather than economic reasoning
increasingly drives public policy, Richard Grossman's provocative and
entertaining review of historical experience reminds us of how ideology
has led us astray before." --Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and
Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, University
of California, Berkeley
By Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown)
In "David and Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell""challenges how we think about
obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it
means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a
parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other
In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---"The Tipping
Point," "Blink," "Outliers" and "What the Dog Saw---""David and Goliath"
draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape
the way we think of the world around us.
By Benjamin Barber
(Yale Univ. Press)
"Mayors around the world tend to be pragmatists and problem-solvers, not
partisans. They get things done, often after national governments fall
short. Ben Barber provides a provocative look at how cities can and do
lead from the front in addressing the most pressing issues of our
time."--Michael R. Bloomberg
, Mayor of New York City; founder of
Bloomberg LP--Michael R. Bloomberg
By Martin Gardner (Princeton Univ. Press)
"Martin Gardner occupies a special place in twentieth-century
mathematics. More than any other single individual, he inspired a
generation of young people to study math. Years from now, people reading
his books and marveling at the clarity of his expository style will
want to know who he was. How better to satisfy that curiosity than by
letting Gardner himself tell the story of his life?"--Barry Cipra
coauthor of "What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences"
Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology
By William Ophuls (MIT Press)
"Ophuls takes us on a wide-ranging review of history, philosophy,
science, and political economy in search of natural law and objective
value by which to replenish the 'lode of fossil virtue and belief'
inherited from the premodern era and depleted by modern nihilism. A
worthy contribution."--Herman E. Daly, Professor Emeritus, School of
Public Policy, University of Maryland
William Ophuls is the author of the award-winning "Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity" and "Requiem for Modern Politics".
By Angus Deaton (Princeton Univ Press)
The world is a better place than it used to be. People are wealthier and healthier, and live longer lives. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many have left gaping inequalities between people and between nations. In "The Great Escape," Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, starting 250 years ago, some parts of the world began to experience sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's hugely unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and he addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind.
By Sendhil Mullainathan (Times Books)
"Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir are stars in their respective disciplines, and the combination is greater than the sum of its parts. Together they manage to merge scientific rigor and a wry view of the human predicament. Their project has a unique feel to it: it is the finest combination of heart and head that I have seen in our field."—Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow