Books by Economist writers in 2017

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The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century. By Ryan Avent. St Martin’s Press; 288 pages, $26.99. Allen Lane; £9.99
The world of work is changing fast—and not as you would expect, by our Free Exchange columnist.

Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day. By Clemency Burton-Hill. Headline Home; 448 pages; £20
Like a regular dose of meditation or mindfulness, a daily encounter with classical music enriches one’s life in all kinds of ways. By a frequent freelance contributor.

How Long Will Israel Survive? The Threat from Within. By Gregg Carlstrom. Oxford University Press; 256 pages; $24.95. Hurst; £20
Our new Cairo correspondent counts the cost of acute social tensions in Israel and the occupation of the West Bank.

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Visualising the careers of musicians-turned-actors

THE news of Harry Styles’s casting in “Dunkirk” (2017) was met with bemusement. It was hard to imagine the boyband heartthrob, with his Mick Jagger-esque locks and floral suits, under siege on the beaches of northern France (rather than under siege from hordes of teenage girls). Did a short comic …

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Britain could become basketball’s latest global outpost

FOR ONE night a year the O2 Arena, London’s biggest indoor stadium, belongs to basketball. On January 11th the 20,000-seat venue hosted its eighth regular-season fixture since 2011, between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, the former of whom are genuine championship contenders this season in the National Basketball …

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Is art-connoisseur yet another job threatened by technology?

THE patient is carefully positioned on a pristine rectangular table. A signal is given, and from behind a glass wall, a technician directs an X-ray machine overhead. Zapping begins. This is not a hospital. It is the conservation laboratory of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Visits here were part of the …