Books to help you understand capitalism

Less is More

Less is More

Jason Hickel

The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. We need to change how we see the world and our place within it, shifting from a philosophy of domination and extraction to one that's...

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Economic Dignity

Economic Dignity

Gene Sperling

A profound exploration of the role of dignity in economic development from the Director of the National Economic Council under Clinton and Obama.   

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Reimagining Capitalism

Reimagining Capitalism

Rebecca Henderson

Free market capitalism is one of humanity's greatest inventions, and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But it's also on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society in its single-minded...

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Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Anne Case, Angus Deaton

The flaws in capitalism that are fatal for America's working class In America today, deaths of despair - from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism - are on the rise among working-class whites. Life expectancy in the United...

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Just Money

Just Money

Royce Kurmelovs

From award-winning journalist Royce Kurmelovs comes a brilliantly illuminating exploration of how Australians became some of the most indebted people in the world.

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The Deficit Myth

The Deficit Myth

Stephanie Kelton

The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory - the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades - delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and...

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Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth

Economics is broken, and the planet is paying the price.   

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Professor Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight.

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 Read reviewHaving and Being Had

Having and Being Had

Eula Biss

A timely and arresting new look at affluence by a consistently surprising writer.  

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 Special priceCapital and Ideology

Capital and Ideology

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century showed that capitalism, left to itself, generates deepening inequality. In this audacious follow-up, he challenges us to revolutionize how we think about ideology and history,...

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 Special priceCapital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious, original,...

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Debt: The First 5000 Years

Debt: The First 5000 Years

David Graeber

Anthropologist David Graeber shows readers that for more than 5000 years, since the beginning of agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods. He also shows that the history of society being...

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