The Future of Power by Joseph Nye is one of those books that have the potential to make you think about the world you live in. In this case, and as the title suggests, the main topic is power, which the author analyses and explains in great length, but in a practical way. Soft power, hard power, smart power, military and economic power, Nye takes the reader by the hand and provides food for thought on what the heck is happening around us. If you are looking for an interesting and challenging read, this book will be worth your time!
Wondering why there is so much fuss about capitalism at the moment? Time to get back to the basics. Don't take risks, though. Go for a big name. Today, my economics and society book suggestion is 'Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy' by Joseph Schumpeter. First, Schumpeter is one of those names everyone's heard of (without being able to say a thing about the guy). So, time to dig in and think smart. Second, 'Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy' is a challenging book which contains key ideas you should know about. Does creative destruction ring a bell? You have no excuse... Read my book review!
Here is a book suggestion if you are into contemporary and current global politics, with an emphasis on United States foreign policy: 'Who Rules the World?' by Noam Chomsky. I didn't enjoy reading the book at all, to be honest. Still, my goal isn't to make you read books because I like them but because they bring something to the debate, so here we go. Who rules the world is polemical, but the book has the merit to show one side of the discussions we don't hear about that much: the extremes. Read my book review to find out more.
Trade is one sensitive topic today, between strategical and polemical. So, what is global trade about? How do things work out there? What are the basic principles? In his book 'Specialization and Trade’, Arnold Kling gives us the basics. Kling starts from the theories of Adam Smith and explains what matters. 'Specialization and Trade' is a little complex but it is a very insightful book. Very relevant to those interested in learning more about economic theories and the way they do – or do not – apply in today’s world. Read smart, think smart! Read my book review of Arnold Kling's 'Specialization and Trade'!