Books, Film, Music & Other Cultural Artifacts
Average Is Over—But the American Dream Lives On
Income and wealth inequality are up according to almost every measure, and they look like they will continue to rise over the long term. Americans have tended to take this news as being all bad. But Tyler Cowen's Average Is Over discovers more than a few silver linings to the storm clouds over the horizon.
Obamacare's Defensive Playbook
At a critical time for the Affordable Care Act, Stephen Davidson's new book offers a helpful examination of its design, impact, and how to navigate the implemenation challenges ahead. But in omitting the consumer perspective, it unwittingly points toward the very flaws that will limit the ACA's effectiveness.
The End of Reputation
A sterling reputation used to be key to the prosperity of both individuals and companies. Now it scarcely seems to matter, and regulation can't seem to halt the proliferation of financial scandals. Jonathan Macey explains why integrity is an undervalued but essential component of a healthy financial system.
The Apple Pie of Booze
Bourbon is the spirit America makes better than anyone—its distinctive flavor comes from our native corn, water and oak barrels. It's patriotism in a glass. But its rise as the all-American spirit was by no means assured. A motley assortment of distillers, hucksters, politicians and partisan drunks paved the way to the hard stuff we enjoy today.
The Boy From Bombay
Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton recounts the aftermath of Satanic Verses and the fatwa that targeted him for death. Years of isolation and anxiety brought a deep appreciation of western freedoms, and of the forces that threaten it from within.