The Irreverent Economist

What We Are Reading

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single book. Here you can find a sampling of the many sources on which we rely to learn about our ever-changing world. Our scope is broad and our interests eclectic. Feel free to check the archives, for we often refer back to these materials for fresh insights. Happy reading!

Summer 2018


A New Way to Think About Solving the World's Biggest Problems by John Bunzl

Educated, by Tara Westover

Lost Connections, by Johann Hari

Quiet, by Susan Cain

The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday

The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis

In Sheep's Clothing, by George Simon

Straight Talk on Trade, by Dani Rodrik

The Happiness Curve, by Jonathan Rauch

Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken

Warnings by Richard Clarke and R.P. Eddy

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson

The Longevity Diet, by Brian Delaney & Lisa Walford



How to Build a Business That Lasts 100 Years, by Martin Reeves

An Alabama man walked 20 miles to his new job.  When his boss found out, he gave him a car, by Allison Klein

Colleges are No Match for American Poverty, by Marcella Bombardieri

Survival of the Richest, by Douglas Rushkoff

Considerations on Cost Disease, by Scott Alexander

Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem, by Frank Pasquale

Basic Income, Not Basic Jobs:  Against Hijacking Utopia, by Scott Alexander

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights, by Rachel Aviv

Two Weeks in the Capital by Nicolas Medina Mora

The Birth of the New American Aristocracy, by Matthew Stewart

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations, by Allen Richarz

The AI Revolution Part I:  The Road to SuperIntelligence, by Tim Urban

The AI Revolution Part II: Immortality or Extinction, by Tim Urban

Magazines, Blogs & Podcasts

Naked Capitalism

Revisionist History

The Knowledge Project

American Affairs


Slate Star Codex

The Felder Report

Lapham's Quarterly: The Rule of Law


Wolf Street

Hussman Funds

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