Three books for civic economic literacy (Book TV)

Three books on BookTV (CSpan2) this weekend:
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Economics Does Not Lie: A Defense of the Free Market in a Time of Crisis , by Guy Sorman

About the Program

Mr. Sorman argues that to get rid of the free market because it’s imperfect would be a danegrous overreaction to recent events. Rebuilding trust in the market is where energy should be placed, because the benefits of free market capitalism, with the public sector in the wings, have far outweighed even the worst of cyclical downturns.  Mr. Sorman argues that free market capitalism has lifted almost a billion people across the globe out of poverty.

About the Authors
Guy Sorman

Mr. Sorman was an economics advisor to the Prime Minister of France from 1995 to 1997.  He taught economics at the Paris Institute of Political Sciences from 1970 to 2000.  He is author of over 20 books, including The Empire of Lies, and the Conservative Revolution in America.

LINKS (generally you can view these programs online at either of the following sites):

click here for the book on amazon.com

The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street, by Justin Fox

About the Program

Justin Fox, business and economics columnist for Time magazine, presents a history of Wall Street from its inception and the basic principals of the Market to the people who won and lost fortunes.  He focuses on the efficient market hypothesis and profiles a group of current economists who now refute its tenets of a market that is never wrong and that maintains that the greatest signifier of a stocks value is based on the decisions of judicious investors.  This event was hosted by the World Affairs Institute in San Francisco.

About the Authors
Justin Fox

Justin Fox is the business and economics columnist for Time magazine where he writes the blog The Curious Capitalist for Time.com.  Mr. Fox was formerly a writer and editor at Fortune.

LINKS (generally you can view these programs online at either of the following sites):

click here for the book at amazon.com

When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors, by Sally Satel

About the Program

An FBI probe in New Jersey resulted in the arrest of political and religious leaders for alleged offenses that include organ trafficking.  Yale University School of Medicine lecturer and kidney transplant recipient Sally Satel argues that underground organ trafficking will continue to thrive as long as the government prohibits organ recipients from paying donors.  The event first aired live on C-SPAN from the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

About the Authors
Sally Satel

Sally Satel is a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine, a staff psychiatrist at the Oasis Clinic in Washington DC, and W.H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She has written numerous articles on health issues that have appeared in dozens of academic journals, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The New York Times, and SLATE.

LINKS (generally you can view these programs online at either of the following sites):

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