The Globalist’s Top Books of 2012
The Globalist presents its top ten books for 2012.
December 25, 2012
|1.||Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World
By Kwasi Kwarteng
Excerpt: How has the British and U.S. to desire to control Iraqi oil shaped the country’s recent history?
|2.||Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
By Chrystia Freeland
Excerpt: Why have Americans been so tolerant of the rising gulf between rich and poor?
|3.||Who Stole the American Dream?
By Hedrick Smith
Excerpt: Why has the American Dream slipped out of the reach of more and more of the middle class?
|4.||Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power
By Frank Vogl
Excerpt: How can transparency help end the fleecing of resource-rich countries by their corrupt leaders?
|5.||Economics After the Crisis: Objectives and Means
By Adair Turner
Excerpt: Why do economists — and the policymakers who heed their advice — need to reconsider the conventional wisdoms of their profession?
|6.||Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity
By Lester Brown
Excerpt: What can be done to help those on the lower rungs of the global economic ladder cope with rising food prices?
|7.||The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters
By Diane Coyle
Excerpt: What policies should governments focus on to ensure that future generations live at least well as the current generation?
|8.||Borrow: The American Way of Debt
By Louis Hyman
Excerpt: What is “patriotic” about cutting taxes for the rich? And how is the middle class “empowered” by piling up mountains of debt?
|9.||The Revenge of Geography
By Robert D. Kaplan
Excerpt: Will water make Turkey a greater power in the Arab Middle East in the 21st century than it was in the 20th?
|10.||Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power
By Andrew Nagorski
Excerpt: How did Hitler’s relationship with a young American woman change history in the 20th century?
|Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy
By William H. Janeway
Excerpt: Can the United States muster the will to step into the 21st century world of energy?
|Bull by the Horns
By Sheila Bair
Excerpt: Mitt Romney badly lost the women’s vote. But are Republicans the only party with a “woman problem?”
|Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Excerpt: Why would USAID not get behind an effort to turn Afghan farmers from poppy to cotton?
|No One’s World
By Charles A. Kupchan
Excerpt: Western dominance will wane in the 21st century, but what will take its place?
|Exits from the Rat Race
By Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky
Excerpt: How did mid-century concerns about economic fairness give way to today’s crisis-prone, Darwinian capitalism?
For a complete listing of books featured on The Globalist Bookshelf in 2012, click here.