Holiday reading 2021

That time of year when we hopefully head to the beach in NZ and out of internet range. Here are some books that have had very good reviews. We do live in uncertain times and one doesn’t know what might be around the corner – stay safe.

The Box (Second Edition) – Marc Levinson. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container’s creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

Anthro-Vision – How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life – Gillian Test (FT). how anthropology can make sense of people’s behaviour, in business and beyond. She outlines how anthropology helps explain consumer habits – revealing the ‘webs of meaning’ that underpin how we shop, and unpicking the subtle cultural shifts driving the rise of green investment.

Economics in One Virus – An Introduction to Economic Reasoning through COVID-19 – Ryan Borne. answers all these pandemic‐ related questions and many more, drawing on the dramatic events of 2020 to bring to life some of the most important principles of economic thought.

The Vietnam War – Geoffrey Ward and Kenneth Burns. This book is based on the acclaimed documentary by PBS in the US. It is a fresh and insightful account of the long and brutal conflict that reunited Vietnam while dividing the United States as nothing else had since the Civil War.

Value(s) – Building a Better World for All – Mark Carney. Former Bank of England Governor draws on a truly international perspective to our greatest problems, this book sets out a framework for the change needed for an economic and social renaissance in a post-Covid world.

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