Arnold Kling  

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Ben Casnocha is the first to write a review. An excerpt:


This is a book for people interested in economics first, entrepreneurship second, and globalization third. It's a book for people looking for contemporary insight on the ideas of people like Hayek, Drucker, Schump[e]ter, and Smith.

Note that while the ideas of those four may permeate our book, it would be wrong to suggest that our book is the place to go if you want to study Hayek, Drucker, Schumpeter, or Smith. For better or worse, we scarcely mention them. With that caveat, I think that Casnocha's review is informative, which of course means that it is far from unfriendly.

You can buy the book here. At the moment, it is not selling as well as Going Rogue, but this is only the first week of competition between the two.

Tyler Cowen gave our book a rating of self-recommending, which he elsewhere defines as


the very nature of the authors and project suggest it will be good or very good. This also often (but not always) means I haven't read it yet. I am reluctant to recommend *anything* I haven't read, but I am signaling it is very likely recommendation-worthy and I wish to let you know about it sooner rather than later.

He has not said as much about Going Rogue.

[UPDATE On Tuesday, Jonah Goldberg wrote ,


A new book co-authored by my buddy Nick Schulz (editor of The American) and Arnold Kling is out today. Pick it up with Going Rogue.

Maybe Amazon will recommend the two together.]

[UPDATE 2. Michael Barone writes,


When I got it I just intended to skim it, but found I couldn't put it down.

]


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Doc Merlin writes:

Where can I buy an e-text of the book?

RL writes:

Could we have a more complete list of books Michael Barone couldn't put down?
:-)

Ben Casnocha writes:

I was surprised Drucker didn't get more explicit reference... :)

Tom Ault writes:

Arnold, is there a reason why there isn't a Kindle edition of this book? I'd have bought it soon after it came out if it had a Kindle edition, as I could easily carry it with me.

Bean_Counter writes:

it is available on the kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Poverty-Prosperity-Intangible-Liabilities-ebook/dp/B002XZMDQ4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258901886&sr=8-3

for some reason, this is not noted on the page for the hardcopy edition.

i am still at a loss trying to understand the kindle. i got a demo the other day from a proud owner. i was left scratching my head. e.g. the page rendering takes way too long upon clicking next page. the navigation was awful. i will be happily sticking with hardcopy w/amazon prime until the bitter end.

Les writes:

Bean_Counter:

Don't judge all Kindles by a bad experience with just one Kindle.

I am a very satisfied user of the Kindle 2, which suffers none of the defects you mentioned.

Bean_Counter writes:

Les: I will increase my sample size :) I am a self-admitted late adopter (first mp3 player = 2007, first hd tv = 2009). Any upside from carrying around one device as opposed to dozens of books is easily offset by the loss of intimacy with softcopy vs. hardcopy. I like to take notes and highlight....doing this virtually just doesn't cut it yet.

For non-kindle owners, Kindle for PC is now available. The major upside that I can see from this is that you can download sample chapters for free before ordering a hardcopy (i.e. it is significantly better than the LookInside feature).

I have downloaded a sample of Kling's book via Kindle for PC and definitely recommend checking it out. My hardcopy should be arriving this week.

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