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10 books about capitalism
Pick up one of these featured titles on capitalism in May 2021.
23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
Category: Free Enterprise & Capitalism
This book was published 9 years ago by Bloomsbury Publishing and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
Challenges popular misconceptions while making startling revelations about free-market practices, explaining the author's views on global capitalism dynamics while making recommendations for reshaping capitalism to humane ends.
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E Baptist
Category: Economic History
This book was published 5 years ago by Basic Books and takes approximately 18.7 hours to read.
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Capitalism and Freedom (40th Anniversary Edition) by Milton Friedman
Category: Free Enterprise & Capitalism
This book was published 18 years ago by University of Chicago Press and takes approximately 7.7 hours to read.
In the process, he outlines the role that government should play in a society dedicated to freedom and relying primarily on the market to organize economic activity.".
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case
This book was published last year by Princeton University Press and takes approximately 10.4 hours to read.
While the rise in premature deaths among American working-class whites has become a national crisis, the authors tie the problem to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and to a health-care sector that redistributes working-class wages to the wealthy
The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism by Hubert Joly
Category: Workplace Culture
This book was published this year by Harvard Business Review Press and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
A remarkable turnaround by a leader with a remarkable philosophy: Find your noble purpose. Put people at the center. Unleash human magic. "It was Fall in Minnesota. It was getting cold and we were supposed to die." This is how Hubert Joly describes the early, dark days as CEO of Best Buy, a job most thought he was crazy to accept. Amazon was tearing a disruptive path through retail, but in the face of that existential threat Joly did something remarkable: he saved Best Buy and remade it into a thriving company rated as one of the most desirable businesses to work for. Having recently stepped down as Chairman and CEO, Joly is ready to share the leadership principles that underpinned the resurgence of Best Buy and that he believes are at the heart of business: pursue a noble purpose, put people at the center, unleash human magic, and treat profit as an outcome. There was a time when many would call this a soft philosophy. But times are changing. Best Buy and 180 other companies signed the momentous Business Roundtable statement in support of stakeholder capitalism. The Covid-19 pandemic further pushed many businesses to lead from a place of purpose and with humanity. The changes underway are not a revolt, but a revolution. And Joly provides concrete advice on how to implement principles that can serve as beacons for the next era of capitalism. Joly himself was transformed from a hard-charging, deeply analytical McKinsey consultant to a leader who believes in what he calls human magic. He will share how so much of what he initially learned about management is either dated, incomplete, or simply wrong—including how to turn around a business, develop and implement a strategy, mobilize an organization, and what it takes to be a great leader. The leadership principles Joly lays out worked at Best Buy. They can also contribute to the necessary re-foundation of business and capitalism around purpose and humanity.
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
Category: Economic History
This book was published 2 years ago by FSG Adult and takes approximately 7.4 hours to read.
In Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister and the author of the international bestseller Adults in the Room, pens a series of letters to his young daughter, educating her about the business, politics, and corruption of world economics. Yanis Varoufakis has appeared before heads of nations, assemblies of experts, and countless students around the world. Now, he faces his most important—and difficult—audience yet. Using clear language and vivid examples, Varoufakis offers a series of letters to his young daughter about the economy: how it operates, where it came from, how it benefits some while impoverishing others. Taking bankers and politicians to task, he explains the historical origins of inequality among and within nations, questions the pervasive notion that everything has its price, and shows why economic instability is a chronic risk. Finally, he discusses the inability of market-driven policies to address the rapidly declining health of the planet his daughter’s generation stands to inherit. Throughout, Varoufakis wears his expertise lightly. He writes as a parent whose aim is to instruct his daughter on the fundamental questions of our age—and through that knowledge, to equip her against the failures and obfuscations of our current system and point the way toward a more democratic alternative.
Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism by Michael O'Leary
This book was published last year by Harper Business and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
In this eye-opening and provocative book, Michael O'Leary and Warren Valdmanis take a groundbreaking journey to the beating heart of our economy, where they reveal why capitalism is failing our country, explore the flaws that make our current solutions insufficient, and propose an ambitious and compelling vision to rebuild our corporations around a deeper purpose. Capitalism is broken, but the tools we are relying on to fix it--corporate social responsibility, divestment, impact investing, and government control--risk making things worse, argue two iconoclastic impact investors. The cynics are those blinded by the defunct ideology that private vice makes for public virtue, that any effort to make markets more moral is empty marketing to make more money. The fools are those who ignore economic reality, preferring to chase false utopias than confront the role for-profit corporations must play in our society. And the pioneers? They are the visionary few cutting through the BS to push out the frontier of responsible capitalism. The root of the problem is the nexus between business owners and managers. Until we change the mandate that owners give to their companies, reform will prove superficial. We need to re-charter our companies to maximize profit only in pursuit of some deeper social purpose--health care companies should heal us, food companies should nourish us, finance companies should enrich us. We need to empower boards as independent stewards of that purpose and rebuild our corporations to profit only in ways that benefit society and the environment. Markets are only as amoral as we are. If we, as individuals, expect the economy to reflect our values, we must re-integrate our moral and economic lives. We must combine the civic duty of citizenship with the free market. In this trenchant and revelatory exploration, O'Leary and Valdmanis offer three strikingly original rules that would harness competition to make capitalism both prosperous and good.
United States of Socialism: Who's Behind It. Why It's Evil. How to Stop It. by Dinesh D'Souza
Category: United States
This book was published last year by All Points Books and takes approximately 9.7 hours to read.
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Why Not Capitalism? by Jason Brennan
Category: Free Enterprise & Capitalism
This book was published 7 years ago by Routledge and takes approximately 4.0 hours to read.
Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." Capitalism works better than socialism, according to this thinking, only because we are not kind and generous enough to make socialism work. If we were saints, we would be socialists. In Why Not Capitalism?, Jason Brennan attacks this widely held belief, arguing that capitalism would remain the best system even if we were morally perfect. Even in an ideal world, private property and free markets would be the best way to promote mutual cooperation, social justice, harmony, and prosperity. Socialists seek to capture the moral high ground by showing that ideal socialism is morally superior to realistic capitalism. But, Brennan responds, ideal capitalism is superior to ideal socialism, and so capitalism beats socialism at every level. Clearly, engagingly, and at times provocatively written, Why Not Capitalism? will cause readers of all political persuasions to re-evaluate where they stand vis-à-vis economic priorities and systems--as they exist now and as they might be improved in the future.
What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Fred Magdoff
Category: Economic Policy & Development
This book was published 10 years ago by Monthly Review Press and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
Praise for Foster and Magdoff’s The Great Financial Crisis: In this timely and thorough analysis of the current financial crisis, Foster and Magdoff explore its roots and the radical changes that might be undertaken in response. . . . This book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing examination of our current debt crisis, one that deserves our full attention.—Publishers Weekly There is a growing consensus that the planet is heading toward environmental catastrophe: climate change, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, global freshwater use, loss of biodiversity, and chemical pollution all threaten our future unless we act. What is less clear is how humanity should respond. The contemporary environmental movement is the site of many competing plans and prescriptions, and composed of a diverse set of actors, from militant activists to corporate chief executives. This short, readable book is a sharply argued manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Environmental and economic scholars Magdoff and Foster contend that the struggle to reverse ecological degradation requires a firm grasp of economic reality. Going further, they argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point. The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power—no matter how “green”—are incapable of making the changes that are necessary. What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism tackles the two largest issues of our time, the ecological crisis and the faltering capitalist economy, in a way that is thorough, accessible, and sure to provoke debate in the environmental movement.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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