1. Tim Lee, Jamie Lee, and Kevin Coldiron, The Rise of Carry: The Dangerous Consequences of Volatility Suppression and the New Financial Order of Decaying Growth and Recurring Crisis. If you are looking for the most current version of Austrian Business Cycle theory, this is it. Doesn’t mean it is right.
2. Abigail Tucker, Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct. These days this science has an inevitably politically incorrect feel, in any case this is a good book for anyone contemplating or experiencing motherhood, or otherwise tied up in that whole set of issues. That includes social scientists, too.
3. Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. A better book than it subtitle indicates, it has very good treatments of the role of Humphry Davy in British chemistry, William and Caroline Herschel, and the overall import of Joseph Banks for many decades, among other related topics.
4. Ritchie Robertson, The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness 1680-1790. This tome offers 780 pp. about the Enlightenment, how unhappy can you be? This book is a well-done introduction, yet perhaps for my knowledge level it spends too much time regurgitating general truths. I am happy to recommend it to people less interested than I am in reading the primary sources.
I have read the first one hundred pages of Louis Menand, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, a lengthy book due out in April, and my physical review copy just arrived.
I have not had time to read Sean McMeekin’s Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II, but it is of possible interest.
I have not had time to read Rachel Holmes’s Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel, about the suffragette movement and one of its leaders, but its 840 pp. would appear to be a major achievement with no comparable competitor.