Semi-Daily Journal Archive

The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

When Books Attack!--or, At Least, Look Accusatorially at You From Across the Room

When unread portions of your library attack!

Kieran Healy's (2005) Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs (Chicago: University of Chicago: 0226322378) is looking at me accusatorially from across the table. It is looking at me accusatorially because my sister, Julia DeLong Mahoney, says that it is excellent.

On the other hand, I have already read the book she is currently reading: Gregory Clark's (2007 forthcoming) A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. I have some quibbles with the third quarter of the book, and some objections to the last quarter, but as a whole the book is truly excellent.


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