What I Want to Read in 2008

(Note: The following is a list of books Mackinac Center scholars would like to read in the coming year. We thought one or more of them might also interest you.)


"Who Killed Healthcare?" by Regina E. Herzlinger; describes the perverse incentives generated by our third-party payer system and dysfunctional factors, which combine to prevent real reforms that would make health care more effective and less expensive.

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"The New New Left" by Steven Malanga; details the contest between those who benefit from an ever-expanding government sector and those who pay for it. Taxpayers v. "taxeaters."

Jack McHugh, senior legislative analyst

"From Dawn to Decadence" by Jacques Barzun; details the ideas, events and characters of the last 500 years that have shaped the world around us.

"Discover Your Inner Economist" by Tyler Cowen shows how to apply economic thinking to a multitude of situations, from getting your child to wash the dishes to alleviating poverty in India.

James M. Hohman, fiscal policy research assistant

"Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution" by Mark Puls; outlines Adams, often overshadowed in the discussion of our Founders, and his acumen for organizing civil protests and political maneuvers.

Joseph G. Lehman, senior vice president

"Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning" by Jonah Goldberg; compares liberal policies such as socialized medicine, gun control and campus speech codes to their roots in Hitler’s national socialism and Mussolini’s fascism.

Paul Kersey, director of labor policy

"Economic Facts and Fallacies" by Thomas Sowell; exposes commonly held economic myths perpetuated by the media and politicians on topics such as income differences between men and women, urban problems and Third World countries.

"Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the Twenty-first Century" by Deepak Lal; a look at modern economics through the lens of Adam Smith’s "invisible hand" theory toward free markets.

Isaac M. Morehouse, director of campus leadership

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