Swedish Non-fiction: Katrine Marcal

WHO COOKED ADAM SMITH’S DINNER? BY KATRINE MARÇAL (PORTOBELLO UK/SCRIBE ANZ/PEGASUS BOOKS USA)
A TAKEDOWN OF 200 YEARS OF ECONOMICS.
“WITTILY WRITTEN.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“A SMART, FUNNY, READABLE BOOK ON ECONOMICS, MONEY [AND] WOMEN.” MARGARET ATWOOD (ON TWITTER)
“SHARP WRITING, NUMEROUS EXAMPLES AND FAMILIAR POP CULTURE REFERENCES (THINK PRETTY WOMAN, ROBINSON CRUSOE, AND THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG). ENGAGING AND NON-THREATENING (EVEN FOR PEOPLE WHO BREAK INTO A SWEAT WHEN TRYING TO BALANCE THEIR CHECKBOOKS). AN IMPORTANT BOOK.” POP MATTERS
“AN EXCITING REASSESSMENT OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY THAT PROVOCATIVELY EXTENDS THE FRONTIERS OF THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE.” KIRKUS REVIEWS
“A SPIRITED AND WITTY MANIFESTO. COMMANDING RHETORIC PUNCTUATED WITH SPIKY WIT.” NEW STATESMAN
“KATRINE MARÇAL’S SEARING NEW BOOK EXPOSES THE FLAWS OF CLASSICAL ECONOMICS AND ITS MODERN INCARNATIONS AND IN PARTICULAR ITS MISSIONARY ZEAL TO SUBORDINATE ALL OTHER HUMAN AIMS AT THE ALTAR OF THE MARKET. WITH WIT AND A HEFTY DOSE OF ANGER, SHE TELLS A CONVINCING STORY OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC MAN. A POWERFUL, AND ENTERTAINING, STORY.” PROSPECT MAGAZINE
“THOUGHTFULLY CHALLENGES CONVENTIONAL ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WORK, PRODUCTIVITY, AND VALUE. AN ENJOYABLE READ, AND DRYLY WITTY.” THE BAFFLER
“MARÇAL’S ROMP THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIELD AND THE WORK OF SMITH, KEYNES, FREUD, THE CHICAGO SCHOOL, AND LAWRENCE SUMMERS (AMONG OTHERS) IS AS DIVERTING AS IT IS THOUGHTFUL, ESPECIALLY AS SHE POINTS OUT THE GAPING HOLE AT ITS CENTER: THE PLACES WHERE SELF-INTEREST AND THE MARKET CAN’T QUITE REACH. MIDWAY THROUGH HER BOOK, MARÇAL WRITES ABOUT BETTY FRIEDAN’S THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE ? IN ITS OWN WAY, THIS VIVID, ENTERTAINING WORK IS EQUALLY GROUNDBREAKING.”THE BOSTON GLOBE

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