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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

What most impresses me is his ability to pitch the lecture to the front and back of the class at once. I know it caught the attention of Nobelists and all, but being entirely unschooled in economics I had to take it as a highly digestible introductory textbook. A tendentious introduction, to be sure, but that keeps it interesting. Corrections to Marxism and monetarism are administered more or less impartially. The jokes are few but well judged (“Did Bill invent the computer or just the mouse? Did Ronnie destroy the USSR singlehandedly or with the help of the pope?”). More references to Balzac than to The Aristocats (not a typo). One would call the book “centrist,” if one’s country had any sort of reasonably placed center.

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