Summer Reading List

by | Jun 28, 2016 | Economics

Two years ago in June I put my summer’s reading on this blog. I remember I was ridiculed for reading an economics textbook on the dock at the cottage. Stung by the criticism, last year I didn’t post that I was reading Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty. This year I thought I defuse the mocking by surveying my co-workers at Impact Infrastructure to see what is on their lists. And what an eclectic list it is from an erudite group!

This will, I hope, prove I am not the only nerd in the company. Here’s the list of a sample of ii’s reading from an economic bibliophile:

John Parker

  • What’s the Economy For, Anyway?: Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness by John de Graaf and David K. Batker. I recently met David Batker of Earth Economics and ordered this book when I Googled him. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far.
  • Nemesis: A Harry Hole thriller by Jo Nesbo (former economist who graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in Economics and Business Administration before becoming a cracking crime writer)
  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty – yes, this is embarrassing but after reading two dozen reviews and the first chapter where the entire thesis is summarized I have lost my motivation to get through the other about 600 pages.

John Williams

Katelyn Lawson

  • Time to Change by David Suzuki (Katelyn says it is one of his older books, but still seems to be relevant).

Ryan Meyers

  • User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product by Jeff Patton
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
    by Eric Ries

Eric Bill

Pat Forestell

Rinat Greenberg

Derek Ensing

Ben Rommelaere


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