Mogu vam preporučiti dvije relativno nove knjige.
1. Prva je How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness. Autor je poznati ekonomist Russ Roberts, čiji website/blog je ovdje. Ima i poznati podcast ECONTALK, “My weekly podcast where I interview authors, economists, innovators, and people from all walks of life. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Thomas Piketty, Christopher Hitchens, Marc Andreessen, Paul Romer, Nassim Taleb, Mike Munger, and the potato chip guy.”
Kaže: “I take the ideas in Smith’s little-known masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and apply them to the modern world—lessons for work, family, friendship, and how to live the good life.”
“Adam Smith was not just an economist; he also had penetrating insights into human nature that informed his rich, subtle, and revolutionary approach to moral philosophy. Russ Roberts combines a deep understanding of what Smith was on about with a fluent writing style to bring out the surprisingly modern implications of Smith’s thinking.”
—MATT RIDLEY, author of The Rational Optimist
“A great book. Makes you feel better about life, humanity, and yourself. Like having a conversation and a scotch with Adam Smith, or even better, Russ Roberts.”
—NASSIM TALEB, author of The Black Swan
I jedan review s Amazona: “I’m not usually in the habit of reading books on 18th century economist-philosopher’s 2nd most famous work, but I like Russ Roberts a lot, and gave it a chance. Glad I did. Russ is thoughtful, and comes across as a genuinely good person. Adam Smith is surprisingly prescient for someone writing in 1759.
Long-time fans of econtalk or Cafe Hayek won’t be surprised to know that Russ weaves in thoughts on emergent order, Fredrick Hayek, and the 2008 financial crisis, and the book is better for it in my opinion.
Finally, based on the one existing review (as of this time), I was expecting a heavy dose of the Talmud (not a bad thing), but I thought that review overstated it. Russ mentions it, but he also mentions Hume, Darwin, Hayek, Einstein, Warren Buffett, etc. Above all, this is exactly what the title says: an unexpected guide to human nature and happiness. Recommended”
2. Jedna čak i malo više ‘za plažu’ (iako ni gornja nije teška) je The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel.
“Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.”
—The Washington Post