Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in International Economics. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Discrimination and Disparities


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparities Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics. Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate. Discrimination and Disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision--from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.

  • Author: Thomas Sowell
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Enlarged edition (March 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1541645639
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches

                 

2. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

With over a million copies sold, Economics in One Lesson  is an essential guide to the basics of economic theory. A fundamental influence on modern libertarianism, Hazlitt defends capitalism and the free market from economic myths that persist to this day. Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the “Austrian School,” which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich (F.A.) Hayek, and others, Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman magazine, an influential libertarian publication.  Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson , his seminal work, in 1946. Concise and instructive, it is also deceptively prescient and far-reaching in its efforts to dissemble economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have almost become a new orthodoxy. Economic commentators across the political spectrum have credited Hazlitt with foreseeing the collapse of the global economy which occurred more than 50 years after the initial publication of Economics in One Lesson . Hazlitt’s focus on non-governmental solutions, strong — and strongly reasoned — anti-deficit position, and general emphasis on free markets, economic liberty of individuals, and the dangers of government intervention make Economics in One Lesson  every bit as relevant and valuable today as it has been since publication.

  • Author: Henry Hazlitt
  • Publisher: Currency; paperback edition (December 14, 1988)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Economics
  • ISBN: 978-0517548233
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

                 

3. The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program— The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. First published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate, widespread attention. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 books were sold. In April 1945, Reader’s Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this edition to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial best seller, the book has sold 400,000 copies in the United States alone and has been translated into more than twenty languages, along the way becoming one of the most important and influential books of the century. With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek.   The volume includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book's origins and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek's thought.  Caldwell has also standardized and corrected Hayek's references and added helpful new explanatory notes.  Supplemented with an appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier editions by John Chamberlain, Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom will be the definitive version of Hayek's enduring masterwork.

  • Author: Hayek
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0226320557

                 

4. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

A landmark, prize-winning, international bestselling examination of how a gender gap in data perpetuates bias and disadvantages women, now in paperback Winner of the 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Winner of the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development to health care to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this insidious bias, in time, in money, and often with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates this shocking root cause of gender inequality in the award-winning, #1 international bestseller Invisible Women . Examining the home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more, Criado Perez unearths a dangerous pattern in data and its consequences on women’s lives. Product designers use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to everything from pianos to cell phones to voice recognition software, when in fact this approach is designed to fit men. Cities prioritize men’s needs when designing public transportation, roads, and even snow removal, neglecting to consider women’s safety or unique responsibilities and travel patterns. And in medical research, women have largely been excluded from studies and textbooks, leaving them chronically misunderstood, mistreated, and misdiagnosed. Built on hundreds of studies in the United States, in the United Kingdom, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, highly readable exposé that will change the way you look at the world.

  • Author: Caroline Criado Perez
  • Publisher: Abrams Press (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Sociology
  • ISBN: 978-1419735219
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.45 x 8.25 inches

                 

5. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this new edition of the New York Times bestseller brings the story of Economic Hit Men up-to-date and, chillingly, home to the U.S.―but it also gives us hope and the tools to fight back.   Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it.   Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can’t maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools—false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power—are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago.   As dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.

  • Author: John Perkins
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd edition (February 9, 2016)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1626566743
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.05 x 8.5 inches

                 



6. The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

All your complicated economic questions and theories explained by world experts.   Economics is a broad topic, and your knowledge might be limited if you're not an economist by profession -- until now!  The Economics Book  is your jargon-free, visual guide to understanding the production and distribution of wealth.   Using a combination of authoritative, clear text, and bold graphics, this encyclopedia explores and explains big questions and issues that affect us all. Everything from taxation, to recession to the housing market and much more! By following an innovative visual approach,  The Economics Book  demystifies and untangles complicated theories. Make sense of abstract concepts through colorful graphics, fun facts, and step-by-step flow diagrams. Satisfy Your Hunger for Knowledge Dive deeper into the history of economics with this page-turning book! From the ancient Greeks to today, you’ll discover over 100 key ideas from the world's greatest theorists like Thomas Malthus, John Maynard Keynes, and Milton Friedman. Fortunately, you don't need an economics degree to gain this type of understanding.  The Economics Book  is your accessible guide to tons of invaluable economic knowledge and learning how the economy shapes our world! This book will be your guide through the history of economics:    • Let the Trading Begin 400 BCE – 1770 CE    • The Age of Reason 1770 – 1820     • Industrial and Economic Revolutions 1820 – 1929    • War and Depressions: 1929 – 1945     • Post-War Economics 1945 – 1970    • Contemporary Economics 1970 – Present  The Series Simply Explained  With over 7 million copies sold worldwide to date,  The Economics Book  is part of the award-winning  Big Ideas Simply Explained  series from DK Books. It uses innovative graphics along with engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Reprint edition (February 6, 2018)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Economics
  • ISBN: 978-1465473912
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.74 x 9.19 inches

                 

7. The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith It is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations , was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence. In his book, Smith fervently extolled the simple yet enlightened notion that individuals are fully capable of setting and regulating prices for their own goods and services. He argued passionately in favor of free trade, yet stood up for the little guy. The Wealth of Nations provided the first--and still the most eloquent--integrated description of the workings of a market economy. The result of Smith’s efforts is a witty, highly readable work of genius filled with prescient theories that form the basis of a thriving capitalist system. This unabridged edition offers the modern reader a fresh look at a timeless and seminal work that revolutionized the way governments and individuals view the creation and dispersion of wealth--and that continues to influence our economy right up to the present day.

  • Author: Adam Smith
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics; Annotated edition (March 4, 2003)
  • Genre: History, Europe
  • ISBN: 978-0553585971
  • Dimensions: 4.16 x 1.98 x 6.87 inches

                 

8. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

A Financial Times "Best Book of 2017: Economics” 800-CEO-Read “Best Business Book of 2017: Current Events & Public Affairs” Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike. That’s why it is time, says renegade economist Kate Raworth, to revise our economic thinking for the 21 st century. In Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like. Raworth handpicks the best emergent ideas―from ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science―to address this question: How can we turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow? Simple, playful, and eloquent, Doughnut Economics offers game-changing analysis and inspiration for a new generation of economic thinkers.

  • Author: Kate Raworth
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Illustrated edition (March 29, 2018)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1603587969
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

                 

9. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market does not - and cannot - fix the climate crisis, but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism. Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift - a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now. Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

  • Author: Naomi Klein
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Public Affairs & Policy, Economic Policy

                 

10. Capital in the Twenty-First Century


Top 10 Best Books to Read in International Economics - August 2021

A New York Times #1 Bestseller An Amazon #1 Bestseller A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Sunday Times Bestseller Winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Winner of the British Academy Medal Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award “It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century , the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year―and maybe of the decade.” ―Paul Krugman, New York Times “The book aims to revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries. It may well manage the feat.” ― The Economist “Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is an intellectual tour de force, a triumph of economic history over the theoretical, mathematical modeling that has come to dominate the economics profession in recent years.” ―Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post “Piketty has written an extraordinarily important book…In its scale and sweep it brings us back to the founders of political economy.” ―Martin Wolf, Financial Times “A sweeping account of rising inequality…Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.” ―John Cassidy, New Yorker “Stands a fair chance of becoming the most influential work of economics yet published in our young century. It is the most important study of inequality in over fifty years.” ―Timothy Shenk, The Nation

  • Author: Thomas Piketty
  • Publisher: Belknap Press
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0674979857
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.4 inches