The list author says: "Orthodox economic theory is crammed with tautologies, fundamentalisms, and recondite abstractions. It's a social science that struggled to make of itself a branch of mathematics. But is the field lost beyond all repair? Is there anything valuable to learn? This list, I hope, will help the earnest reader redeem economics for a future generation."
"Yes, this classic--so often cited by market fundamentalists who have forgotten its contents if they ever read them--is something very different from the libertarian tract it is imagined to be. Smith is much more responsible and careful in his use of generalized descriptions of how economic transactions take place, than are even his most immediate, and putative, apostles--Ricardo or Senior."
"The origins of the "market" in land, labor, and finance-capital are rather different than economists have claimed. Polanyi explains how the early bourgeois systematically restructured the social foundations of economic relations."
"An impartial and thorough inquiry into the development of the modern industrial enterprise. Why did the corporation take its present form? How is the US corporation different from business climates of other industrial nations? Find out here."
"A clear-eyed, sometimes hard-nosed look at severe poverty and its implications. According to Scheper-Hughes, observing poverty challenges our most cherished anthropological--and economic--assumptions."
"One of the best books by Galbraith. Over many years of studying economics, my respect for him has grown immensely. In a field that remorselessly disparages older works, this remains a masterpiece. Summarizes the major flaws in assumptions used by economists--still--to formulate policy recommendations."