Economics/Political Economy Books
By: Samuel Merwin
"A novel, with several elements of rather unusual interest. As a tale, it is swift, simple, and absorbing, and one does not willingly put it down until it is finished. It has to do with grain-elevator business, with railways, strikes, and commercial and financial matters generally, woven skilfully into a human story of love." --The Commercial Advertiser "'Calumet "K"' is a novel that is exciting and absorbing, but not the least bit sensational. It is the story of a rush.... The book is an unusually good story; one that shows the inner workings of the labor union, and portrays men who are the bone and sinew of the earth...
By: Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster (1874-1936 and 1875-1932)
The Short Line War
"The Short Line War is a story that will appeal more particularly to the sterner sex, and we take it that the hyphenated name, Merwin-Webster, stands for two healthy-minded young men who have put their heads together and who have mapped out this story of a railroad war, in which politics form a considerable part. Jim Weeks is the central figure in the fight, and we like him so much better for knowing of the romance in his early life. He was a man 'without much instinct or imagination; he took everything seriously and literally, he could not understand a whim'--therefore a very foolish little woman came into his life only to leave it desolate...
By: Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)
The Gray Mills of Farley
As contemporary today as it was over a century ago, this relatively unsentimental tale of labor relations still packs a punch.
By: Scott Nearing (1883-1983)
|The American Empire|
By: Seymour Eaton (1859-1916)
|Up To Date Business Including Lessons in Banking, Exchange, Business Geography, Finance, Transportation and Commercial Law Home Study Circle Library Series (Volume II.)|
By: Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
This lengthy political essay by noted Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock was written while he was professor of political economy at McGill University. He argues for a middle ground between individualism/capitalism and pure socialism. Listeners in the early 21st century may find this 90-year old essay oddly topical.
By: Theodor Herzl (1860-1904)
A Jewish State
Read in English, this is a pivotal document in the history of Zionism and the State of Israel. Herzl designed this work to elevate the discussion of "the Jewish Question" so it would "no longer take the form of violent abuse or sentimental vindication but of a debate, practical, large, earnest, and political." While few of Herzl's proposals were actually carried out, the importance of A JEWISH STATE was in the groundswell of support for a Jewish homeland engendered by its solutions to the practical problems of establishing a new state...
By: Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1834)
An Essay on the Principle of Population
The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison with the second (Malthus).
|Nature and Progress of Rent|
|Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country|
|The Grounds of an Opinion on the Policy of Restricting the Importation of Foreign Corn: intended as an appendix to "Observations on the corn laws"|
By: Thomas William Lawson (1857-1925)
|Frenzied Finance Vol. 1: The Crime of Amalgamated|
By: Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)
The Theory of the Leisure Class
Originally published by the Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen while he was a professor at the University of Chicago in 1898, the Theory of the Leisure Class is considered one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critique of consumerism. In the book, Veblen argues that economic life is driven not by notions of utility, but by social vestiges from pre-historic times. [Summary modified from Wikipedia.]
By: Thurman William Van Metre (1884-1961)
|Outline of the development of the internal commerce of the United States 1789-1900|
By: Timothy S. Arthur (1809-1885)
Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper
Is housekeeping such a trial? Mrs. Smith thinks so and confesses all in this merry account of her escapades and near disasters!
By: Unknown (431 BC - 350? BC)
Eryxias (ΕΡΥΞΙΑΣ) may not have been written by Plato (ΠΛΑΤΩΝ). The dialogue discusses whether wealth has value and what the aim of philosophy should be.
|Sam Lambert and the New Way Store A Book for Clothiers and Their Clerks|
Catholic and Anti-Catholic History
G.K. Chesterton and James Walsh join Hilaire Belloc in an energetic rollout of the means by which history becomes propaganda, to the damage, not only to truth, but to the human soul.
The Night Side of New York
This nonfiction collection of sketches, by "members of the New York press," takes the reader on a tour of 1866 New York City after dark, with stops along the way to vividly depict scenes ranging from the splendid to the squalid - but focusing largely on the latter!
John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works
This biography is actually a series of essays by prominent personalities of the time that shed light on John Stuart Mill's life and areas of endeavor. Those areas include his experiences in India House, his moral character, certain botanical explorations, how effective he was as a critic, studies in morals and the law, and discoveries concerning political economy. They also explore ideas concerning his influence on institutions of higher learning, accomplishments as a politician, and fame as a philosopher.
|The Economist Volume 1, No. 3|
By: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
|Lombard Street : a description of the money market|
By: Wilhelm Roscher (1817-1894)
|Principles of Political Economy|
By: Willard E. (Willard Eugene) Hotchkiss (1874-)
|Higher Education and Business Standards|
By: William Cotton (1786-1866)
|Everybody's Guide to Money Matters: with a description of the various investments chiefly dealt in on the stock exchange, and the mode of dealing therein|
By: William Crosbie Hunter (1866-)
|Dollars and Sense|
By: William Graham Sumner (1840-1910)
|What Social Classes Owe to Each Other|
By: William Morris (1834-1896)
Signs of Change
In the 1880s William Morris, the artist and poet famously associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, left the Liberal Party and threw himself into the Socialist cause. He spoke all over the country, on street corners as well as in working men's clubs and lecture halls, and edited and wrote for the Socialist League's monthly newspaper. Signs of Change is a short collection of his talks and writings in this period, first published in 1888, covering such topics as what socialism and work should be, and how capitalism and waste developed.
By: William Petty (1623-1687)
|Essays on Mankind and Political Arithmetic|
By: William Playfair (1759-1823)
|An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations. Designed To Shew How The Prosperity Of The British Empire May Be Prolonged|