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Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance
Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and important, 7 Feb. 2016
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Excellent and important book which I will immediately put on my students' reading list. Very clearly written for non specialists, while losing none of its intellectual force. Should be mandatory reading for all central bank governors no finance ministers. Alas, I think the diagnosis of the disease may be more effective than the proposed remedy, because the problems may be irremediably without a major financial crisis. But I hope Turner is right and I am wrong....


Keynes: The Return of the Master
Keynes: The Return of the Master
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important and helpful, 14 Nov. 2015
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Extremely clear exposition. But perhaps too much on the historical Keynes, not quite enough to examining in a rigorous way the imp,ovations of a Keynsian critique of our present discontents. To some extent, this is two books, tied together in a sack and struggling to see which gets out of the neck of the bag. But it is very good indeed none the less.


The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain Since 1950
The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain Since 1950
by Avner Offer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very important book. Where or not ..., 3 Nov. 2015
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This is a very important book. Where or not they agree with the details, the point that Offer is making about human responses to abundance, and the need for social institutions to help us restrain desire for immediate gratification, will change the way the its readers see political and social problems.

My own conclusions from this are broadly conservative, in a Burkeian sense; if you can't rely on individual decision-making to maximise long term social welfare at times of rapid change, then the restraints placed on behaviour by custom may be overwhelmingly important to save us from tragedy. Offer himself gives the example of things such as strict table-manners (for example, the ban in polite society on eating food on the street), which paced the rate of food consumption for those who have long been accustomed to abundance, but had not evolved as a guide to behaviour amongst families for whom food was scarce. When affluence grew - or food became cheap - there was an epidemic of obesity amongst the previously food-poor, because there were no customary restrain mechanisms in place. Equally, he argues that society as awhile was ill-equipped to resist the glut of cheap consumer goods that has flooded it in the last 50 years ('visceral goods')- and therefore we have over-spent and over-borrowed to acquire them, at the expense of investment in human and physical capital that we need (things he calls 'prudential goods').

His own conclusions would probably be more radical, and would incline him to a major role for government to act prudently on our behalf, since we can't do it ourselves. Where we would agree, however, is in identifying the problem - which follows logically from some of the research on behavioural economics, and which he associates with a wide range of highly persuasive - though not conclusive - examples. This is a truly outstanding book and should be read by everyone engaged in social policy issues.


CSL - HDMI Switch 3D Ready / Full HD 1080p - flexible 3 port switch | 3 x IN / 1 x OUT | Dolby True HD / intelligent switch- automatic and manual switch
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and good value, 25 Aug. 2015
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Worked very smoothly. Would be good it it had longer leads.


Moonfleet (Puffin Classics)
Moonfleet (Puffin Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 13 May 2015
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This is a wonderful children's story. I loved it when I was read it when I was eight; my children loved it when they were the same age; and I love it having just re-read it to myself. It is simultaneously sad, exciting, and impossible to forget.


Good times, bad times
Good times, bad times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 24 Mar. 2015
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Outstanding analysis, though perhaps it could do more to separate the discussion of welfare-state services, like the NHS, and transfer payments (especially income supplements). The political dynamics surrounding universalist services are rather different from those around redistribution.


Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
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2.0 out of 5 stars ) does a better, 1 Sept. 2014
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A little too complicated - Foucault for Beginners (a cartoon book!) does a better job


Foucault For Beginners
Foucault For Beginners
by Lydia Alix Fillingham I
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Foucault For Beginners (Paperback)
Very simple and clear


Popper (Fontana Modern Masters)
Popper (Fontana Modern Masters)
by Bryan Magee
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sept. 2014
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A brilliant book - clear, engaging, and short!


Peter Abelard
Peter Abelard
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5.0 out of 5 stars and erudite love, 1 Sept. 2014
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Astonishing novel, and erudite love story


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