The Global Economy

This reading list includes books that discuss our global economy from different perspectives.

By Amar Bhidé | Global economy

By Amar Bhidé

The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses
By Amar V. Bhidé
In a field dominated by anecdote and folklore, this study integrates more than ten years of intensive research and modern theories of business and economics. The result is a comprehensive framework for understanding entrepreneurship that provides new and penetrating insights. Examining hundreds of successful ventures, the author finds that the typical business has humble, improvised origins. Well-planned start-ups, backed by substantial venture capital, are exceptional. This book is essential for anyone who wants to start a business, for the entrepreneur or executive who wants to grow a company, and for the scholar who wants to understand this crucial economic activity.

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The Next American Century book jacket

The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise
By Nina Hachigian, Mona Sutphen
Two veterans of the National Security Council argue that, for the first time in history, none of Americas competitors are adversaries, and their gains can help rather than hurt Americas continuing prosperity, growth, and stability.

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
By Thomas L. Friedman
The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before – creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place.

The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy
By David M. Smick
One of Washington's insiders describes how today's risky mortgage environment came to be--and why the mortgage mess is a symptom of future trouble.

The Post-American World
By Fareed Zakaria
The author of the bestselling The Future of Freedom describes a world in which the U.S. will no longer dominate the global economy. He sees the "rise of the rest" as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world.

Why Globalization Works book jacket

Why Globalization Works
By Martin Wolf
An international economist explains how globalization works as a concept and how it operates in reality. Wolf confronts the charges against globalization, delivers a devastating critique of each, and offers a realistic scenario for economic internationalism in the future.

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
By William J. Bernstein
A sweeping narrative history of world trade---from Sumer in 3000 BC to the firestorm over globalization today---that brilliantly explores trade's colorful and contentious past and provides fresh insights into social, political, cultural, and economic history, as well as a timely assessment of trade's future.

Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy
By Daniel Altman
Look behind the headlines of the global economy and see how it really works--from migrant workers to banking CEOs. Part travel guide, part owner's manual, this is an absorbing, accessible, and essential road map for every citizen of the global economy in the 21st century.

End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation
By Barry C. Lynn
Lynn shows that globalization can be a great force for spreading prosperity and promoting peace--but only when its complexities are mastered and protections are in place.

George Soros on Globalization
By George Soros
As the global economy becomes at once a fact of everyday life and the inspiration for violent protest, Soros offers his provocative analysis of globalization and outlines a new agenda for leading nations of the world.

The War for Wealth: The True Story of Globalization, Or Why the Flat World Is Broken
By Gabor Steingart
Journalist Gabor Steingart argues that if globalization's cheerleaders are right and the world is indeed flat, then it's tilted heavily toward the East. In this look at globalization and its discontents, Steingart challenges the cadre of well-known globalization supporters – from Thomas Friedman and other media personalities to economists to the politicians that are enabling this transfer of jobs and wealth – to show how the same free-trade policies that are responsible for the Asian economic miracle are destroying the West's way of life and standard of living.

Dangerous Business: The Risks of Globalization for America
By Pat Choate
From a respected and vigorous economic thinker in Washington comes a wake-up call about the perils of unfettered globalization.

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