J. Bradford DeLong, author of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century recommends a stellar set of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out J. Bradford's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I confess that I have always liked Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, and I find myself liking it much, much more as I age. Feeling things in the world, and then recentering yourself and focusing on "Well! That happened! But what would be a better state of the world to get to given where we are, what is important, and what should I do next?"—that is, I think, a very important skill and attitude to take toward the world. And a Roman emperor was perhaps ideally positioned to model and practice it.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
It would be Danny Kahnemann's Thinking, Fast and Slow. An awful lot of wisdom in it, and wisdom that is especially relevant to our clickbait world where there are lots of people trying to take your money by triggering your fast-thinking modes where they are really inappropriate. Five stars.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
On paper. But ebooks have been steadily gaining mindshare over the past 15 years. And audiobooks have been rapidly gaining mindshare over the past two years.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
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