Gregory Claeys, Marx and Marxism, a better than expected take on where Marxism came from and how Marx’s different intellectual periods fit into his life. One of the better introductions to Marx, noting that it does not stress issues of economic theory.
Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace. Not well known in the United States, but still one of the better Norwegian novels. Short, readable, concerns a boy who goes missing.
Peter Cozzens, The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West. Very good overall history of the post-Civil War campaigns against Native Americans, still highly relevant for understanding American foreign policy, and attitudes toward guns, among other things.
David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History. A very strong work about race relations on the other side of the Atlantic. I had not known that “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is Yoruba for “life goes on.” The song as a whole was intended by Paul McCartney as a parable of the possibility of West Indian assimilation and it was a direct response to Enoch Powell. Definitely recommended.
Linda Yueh’s What Would the Great Economists Do?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems, is probably the closest we will come to having an updated version of Robert Heilbroner.
Joshua Keating, Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood looks at Abkhazia, Kurdistan, Somaliland, Liberland, and a Mohawk reservation straddilng the U.S.-Canada border, as well as a Pacific Island that might disappear. An interesting book for fans of alternative governance arrangements.
I’ve now see the page proofs for Steven Pearlstein’s Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed is Not Good, Opportunity is Not Equal, and Fairness Won’t Make Us Poor. His view is not mine, but if you want his view this book is the place to get it…