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Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding

Published by EH.Net (July 2024). Hannah Farber. Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021. 335 pp. $34.95 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1469663630. Reviewed for EH.Net by Chris Kingston, Amherst College.   In this fascinating, deeply researched, and well-written book – a deserved co-winner of the […]

The Making of the Modern Corporation: The Casa di San Giorgio and Its Legacy (1446-1720)

Published by EH.Net (July 2024). Carlo Taviani. The Making of the Modern Corporation: The Casa di San Giorgio and Its Legacy (1446-1720). London and New York: Routledge, 2022. xv + 247 pp. $170 (cloth), ISBN: 978-1032198927. Reviewed for EH.Net by Timothy Guinnane, Yale University.   Who first flew a heavier-than air craft? Most readers would […]

Human Development and the Path to Freedom: 1870 to the Present

Published by EH.Net (June 2024). Leandro Prados de la Escosura. Human Development and the Path to Freedom: 1870 to the Present. New Approaches to Economic and Social History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 250 pp. $29.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1108708586. Reviewed for EH.Net by Sakari Saaritsa, University of Helsinki.   Leandro Prados de la Escosura has done a […]

Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative

Published by EH.Net (June 2024). Jennifer Burns. Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023. x + 578 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0374601140. Reviewed for EH.Net by Lanny Ebenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara.   Probably the most important aspect of Jennifer Burns’s outstanding biography of Milton Friedman, at least for […]

A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961-2021

Published by EH.Net (June 2024). Alan S. Blinder. A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961-2021. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022. 440 pp. $24.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-0691238401. Reviewed for EH.Net by Brad DeLong, University of California.   In essence, the overarching takeaway from Alan Blinder’s A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United […]

Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato

Published by EH.Net (June 2024). Rebecca Earle. Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 306 pp. $25.95 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1108484060. Reviewed for EH.Net by Alan Greer, University of the West of England.   The opening of this fascinating, well-researched, and readable book notes that potatoes are the fourth most […]

Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs

Published by EH.Net (May 2024). Colin Gordon. Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 200 pp. $29 (paperback), ISBN 978-0226760889. Reviewed for EH.Net by Dan Giedeman, Grand Valley State University.   Colin Gordon has written a provocative book on the disparate treatment of Black residents […]

The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Diplomacy in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Published by EH.Net (May 2024). Cindy Ermus. The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Diplomacy in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023. xii + 253 pp. $39.99 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1108784733. Reviewed for EH.Net by Michael P. Hensley, Purdue University Northwest.   The role of global trade and commerce in spreading novel diseases […]

Fearless: Wilma Soss and America’s Forgotten Investor Movement

Published by EH.Net (May 2024). Janice M. Traflet and Robert E. Wright. Fearless: Wilma Soss and America’s Forgotten Investor Movement. All Seasons Press, 2022. 227 pp. $28 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1958682302. Reviewed for EH.Net by John A. Moore, Walsh College.   American business and finance was a male-dominated world in the immediate post-World War II era. […]

Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

Published by EH.Net (May 2024). Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan. Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. New York: Routledge, 2018. 292 pp. $54.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1138831131. Reviewed for EH.Net by Yakov Feygin, Center for Public Enterprise and Jain Family Institute.   The Russia-Ukraine conflict has been taken by some […]