This particular exchange made my jaw drop.
What’s the best book about economics you’ve ever read? The worst?
There are so many great ones, but these are exquisite: “John Maynard Keynes,” by Robert Skidelsky. “Bankers and Pashas,” by David Landes. “The House of Rothschild,” by Niall Ferguson. “Economic Sentiments,” by Emma Rothschild. “Poverty and Compassion,” by Gertrude Himmelfarb.
Worst? To be worst it would have to have had a wide following, because otherwise who cares? I suppose “Das Kapital,” by Marx; “The Condition of the Working Class in England,” by Engels; and “Mein Kampf,” by Hitler.
There you have it: Niall Ferguson is “exquisite”; Marx is placed on the shelf next to Hitler. And since when, by the way, is Mein Kampf a book about economics?