Thursday, January 27, 2011

a book about economics and truth

If I could suggest one book that I think all citizens should read this year, it would not be a book about ecology. This is a fact that even I find surprising; but after reading the first lengthy essay in this amazing book, it's the truth contained herein that is so powerful and provocative. This book is a series of essays on economics, entitled What Matters? - Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth, by Wendell Berry, (with a forward by Herman Daly), published by Counterpoint Press. If you already know the work of Wendell Berry, the clear-eyed wisdom found here probably won't surprise you after all. And if you've never read anything by Wendell Berry, this is as good a place to begin as any.

Here are two reviews from somewhat different perspectives:
this one, from the Englewood Review of Books, or this one.

I heartily recommend it: Economics for people who never studied economics, and for those who did.

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