Books by Economist writers in 2017


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.

Game Query: The Mind-Stretching Economist Quiz. Edited by Philip Coggan. With…Continue reading

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Redeeming Mary Magdalene

EVERY generation of artists has brought its own sensibilities and experiences to the depiction of canonical Christian stories. Giotto, an Italian painter, set Bible scenes in medieval Tuscany. Rembrandt gave his a hint of mercantile 17th-century Amsterdam. “Mary Magdalene” is similarly a retelling of some of the faith’s main events …

The mysterious reggaeton bangers of Mexico’s election

FOR evidence that modern democracy has lost its pep, look back to the age of cheery campaign jingles. The art form dominated elections from America to the Philippines after the second world war. Australian political parties used them well into the 1980s. It is tempting to believe that melodious campaigns …

The maddest March: at last, a 16-seed upsets a number one

THE line separating the improbable from the impossible is hard to pin down. The annual single-elimination tournament to crown the champion of North America’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in men’s basketball is known as “March Madness”, thanks to the steady diet of upsets it produces. Every year, a few …