" I've been reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which I'm really liking so far, its a detective thriller and it takes place in Sweden. If the rest of the trilogy is of similar quality then they'll be a must buy for me.I'm intermittently reading the second book in that series "The Girl Who Played with Fire" Stieg Larsson and "Breaking the Spell" Daniel Dennett. Kind of balancing fiction and non-fiction, Stieg Larsson's books are more immediately interesting and quickly become hard to put down but I feel a little better having learnt something or been given something to think about or seek more knowledge in after reading.
The book I finished before that was Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, a really fantastic sci fi story. SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden content.You follow two story lines that are expertly intertwined and it doesn't talk down to you when its being cerebral. Turning back to fiction has been a good break for me, since I've read almost exclusively non fiction for nearly the past year. "
" @MAGZine: I've read the original more than a few times! "At the rate I'm moving through this book, you probably HAD to just to fully understand everything the book was saying! :D
" I can't even remember the last book i read. As soon as the required books for school where out of the way i never touched one again and that is a long long time ago. "You really should try picking it up again sometime, it's very fulfilling.
" I like Skousen but trying to write a history on the formation of modern economic thought and completely leaving out Mises and the Austrian school is kind of absurd, especially since he is a libertarian! I have not gotten around to that one yet, but many of his other books are great. In particular, The Making of Modern Economics, which reads like a re-do of The Big Three is a great book. "Ha, never thought I would find someone who even knows who Skousen is on the internet (aside from mises.org). It's a very mediocre book, but it does accomplish the task of making a brief book on the history of economic thought. While the Austrians were critical (especially with regard to value and business cycle theory), the fact that they have made virtually no penetration into the education system makes them much less significant. The fact that 98% of my fellow economics classmates had never even heard of the Austrian School is evidence for that. I have always found this odd though, considering that Hayek did win the Nobel Prize in economics which should give at least some exposure to it.
" Indeed, it's hard to discuss the current crisis without at least mentioning the Austrian theory of the business cycle. I tutor a class called Money and Banking which is just a class on monetary policy, and not once is an Austrian mentioned despite them developing the first coherent theory of monetary theory. But since I tutor the class for the purpose of helping people get good grades, I can't mention anything about the Austrians. But what really amazes me is the lengths which the textbook goes to avoid mentioning them. The closest opposing view that is given of course is Friedman and Irving Fisher. I haven't read the Austrian V Chicago School book yet. I have it on my amazon wishlist though."I would agree that the Austrians are one of the most overlooked schools of economics. Perhaps it has something to do with often being associated with Libertarianism, and some of the negative political connotations that draws in American politics for many people. I think a lot of people mistakenly view them as more fringe/extremist than they really are.