Five Books Newsletter 30

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This week's interview

John Kay on Economics in the Real World

Most people completing degrees in economics won't have read these books, but they should, says the British economist.

Books of the Week“When it said 'Banned in Britain' on the cover I knew it was a book that I had to read.”

Katie Nicholl on Modern Day Royals (“If you want to read one book and learn something about the policy and the politics of health reform, this is a fine choice.”

Austin Frakt on US Healthcare Reform (“It’s somewhere between a crime novel and a political novel, created out of the madness of drink and derangement.”

Iain Sinclair on London (“The way children feel has become more important than what they learn.”

Frank Furedi on The Crisis in Education (“It is a book that completely changed the American idea of what the Western desert could be, and Sierra Club hikers still carry it around.”

Hari Kunzru on the American Desert (

Quote of the Week

"It was telling that the protests that marked Bin Laden’s death were incredibly small. He became more irrelevant over time. ”
Peter Bergen on Osama bin Laden (

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