Here is my regularly-updated selection of books for economics students keen to demonstrate a commitment to independent thought and active learning. Please reflect and comment on what you have read in your UCAS statement!

I have taken out quite a bit of banking stuff because I think we are all getting pretty bored of this! More this time on the inter-play between Economics, Geography, Biology, Mathematics and History – which I find much more interesting! No author appears more than once! As always I am bound to have made some terrible omissions and I am happy to amend the list based on the recommendations of blog readers. Please do leave a comment below. I have added in some links to relevant book reviews.

Anyway - here is my current selection!

1. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Ha-Joon Chang), ISBN: 1846143284

2. Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure (Tim Harford) ISBN: 1408701529

3. An Optimist’s Tour of the Future (Mark Stevenson) ISBN: 1846683564

4. Animal Spirits (Akerlof and Shiller) ISBN: 978-0-691-14233-3

5. Art of Strategy (Dixit and Nalebuff) ISBN: 978-0-393-06243-4

6. Civilization: The West and the Rest (Niall Ferguson) ISBN: 1846142733

7. Crisis Economics (Nouriel Roubini) ISBN: 978-1-846-14287-1

8. Development as Freedom: (Amartya Sen): ISBN: 0192893300

9. Drunkard’s Walk (Leonard Mlodinow) ISBN: 0713999225

10. Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar (Barry Eichengreen) ISBN: 9780199596713

11. How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities (John Cassidy) ISBN: 1846143004

12. How we Decide: (Jonah Lehrer) ISBN 978-0-618-62011-1

13. Keynes – the Return of the Master (Skidelsky) ISBN: 184614258X

14. Meltdown – the end of the age of greed, second edition (Paul Mason) ISBN: 1844676536

15. Origins of Virtue (Matt Ridley) ISBN: 0140244042

16. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter & Creative Destruction (TK McCraw) ISBN: 0674025237

17. Red Plenty: Industry! Progress! Abundance! Inside the Fifties’ Soviet Dream. (Francis Spufford) ISBN: 0571225233

18. Super Co-operators, Supercooperators: Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour (Nowak and Highfield) ISBN: 9781847673367

19. The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics and Physics (Stephen Landsburg) ISBN: 143914821X

20. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Michael Lewis) ISBN: 1846142571

21. The Economics of Enough: (Diane Coyle) ISBN: 0691145180

22. The Master Switch – the rise and fall of information empires (Tim Wu) ISBN: 1848879849

23. The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature (Paul Collier) ISBN: 1846142237

24. The Upside of Irrationality (Dan Ariely) ISBN: 978-0-00-735476-4

25. Triumph of the City  (Edward Glaeser) ISBN: 0230709389

26. Where Good Ideas Come From: Natural History of Innovation (Steven Johnson), ISBN: 184614051X

27. Worldly Philosophers (Robert Heilbroner) ISBN: 0140290060

Reading list last updated Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

“Chance favours the connected mind” Steven Johnson

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