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Authors & Books of the Year, 2009*

by proximity1 Sun Nov 1st, 2009 at 11:53:36 AM EST

  Books / Authors of the Year, 2009

    Here are my nominees, subjectively chosen, of course, for best (most important) political books of the year for 2009---with Emmanuel TODD's November 2008 publication included, since it's just a year out from its publication.


 

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Amin MAALOUF for his book, Le dérèglement du monde: Quand nos civilisations s'épuisent 2009, Éditions Grasset,

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Pierre DARDOT and Christian LAVAL for their book, La nouvelle raison du monde : essai sur la société néolibérale , 2009, , Éditions La Découverte

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Nicolas BOULEAU for his book, Mathématiques et risques financiers, 2009,  Éditions Odile Jacob

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and Emmanuel TODD for his book, Après la démocratie, (November 2008) Éditions Gallimard.

Each author brings us the insights we need now to better understand contemporary political events in larger, more coherent context.  Dardot and Laval, in particular, present a detailed review of the historical course of the development of  Liberalism as a political philosophy from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the present, with the various twists and turns which have produced the contemporary version, now in an impasse.  

     Imagine if these five authors were even occasional participants at this site.  What an advantage that would be!

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... they're all in French! ;)

Imagine if these five authors were even occasional participants at this site.  What an advantage that would be!

Sending invitations never hurts... I could, for instance, imagine regular invitations from ET to a number of influential writers / thinkers for commentary on a certain current event.

ET needs an assistant...

by Nomad on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 at 06:47:19 AM EST
 "But...
... they're all in French! ;) "

   Does nothing escape your keen powers of observation?!?!  Yes---all in French; well, what can I say? it turns out that I had no control over that.  ;^)

  You wanted E-e-e-e-e-e-engl-e-e-e-e-sh language Books of the Year?  For 2009?  Okay, there are some--probably.  But, for my money, this Year's Books of the Year 2009, were all written previously.

   For example, John Maynard Keynes for his book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (Paperback) from 1937

  and

  Adam Ferguson for his book, An Essay on the History of Civil Society, from 1767---still ahead of his time. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Ferguson ]  But, unlike the authors I mentioned above, neither of them are available for contemporary participation here.

    As for books in English published this year, the I guess I'd have to say the "best" (by default, though it's very good even so) is George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller for their book, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
(Hardcover), 2009 from Princeton University Press.  http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Spirits-Psychology-Economy-Capitalism/dp/0691142335/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8& amp;s=books&qid=1257166896&sr=1-1

   Others I read this year--and very good---were not published this year.   I recommend them though:

   Daniel L. Everett for his book, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle , 2008, (my copy is the U.K. Profile Books edition). [ this one isn't:  http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Sleep-There-Are-Snakes/dp/0307386120/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&q id=1257167153&sr=1-1 ]

   Philip Delves Broughton, for his book, What They Teach You at Harvard Business School: My Two Years Inside the Cauldron of Capitalism , 2008, Penguin Books; the U.S. edition is called Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School; http://www.amazon.com/Ahead-Curve-Harvard-Business-School/dp/014311543X/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_3

  Benoit Madelbrot (main author) and Richard L. Hudson for their book, The (Mis)behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence , 2008, Basic Books, New York ; http://www.amazon.com/Misbehavior-Markets-Fractal-Financial-Turbulence/dp/0465043577/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U TF8&s=books&qid=1257167770&sr=1-1

 and, hardly least,

  Edward O. Wilson, for his now-classic book, On Human Nature Revised edition, 2004, from Harvard University Press.  http://www.amazon.com/Human-Nature-Edward-O-Wilson/dp/0674016386/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books& qid=1257168813&sr=1-1  

"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge

by proximity1 on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 at 08:39:40 AM EST
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Daniel L. Everett for his book, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle , 2008

This one sounds like fun.

As you may note, I´m an economic lightweight and prefer to stay that way!

Still. If, say, Emmanuel Todd indeed wrote one of the best books of 2009, translations would be welcome...

by Nomad on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 at 09:27:27 AM EST
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  "Still. If, say, Emmanuel Todd indeed wrote one of the best books of 2009, translations would be welcome..."

   That is quite likely, in fact.

  See:  http://www.amazon.com/Emmanuel-Todd/e/B001IXQD6S/ref=sr_tc_2_0

  and

  After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) (Paperback)

  Daniel Everett's book, by the way, is nothing short of brilliant.

"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge

by proximity1 on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 at 09:45:54 AM EST
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  You could easily read, with great 'profit', Akerlof and Shiller, Animal Spirits.  Its great virtue is that it's all about economics, rather than silly physics-envy-number-crunching.  That same goes for Mandelbrot's Misbehavior of Markets.  No particular proficiency in calculation is needed for either one of them.

"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge
by proximity1 on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 at 09:51:19 AM EST
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 I misspelled Benoit Mandelbrot's name, above.

  It's Mandelbrot, with an "n", not "Madelbrot".

"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge

by proximity1 on Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 at 09:47:32 AM EST
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