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April 11, 2006

Books Worth A Look

For all of you who, like me, like to keep Amazon in business, here are two new titles with substantial relevance for knowledge fans.

Globalization and Its Enemies, by Daniel Cohen, just published by the MIT Press, is a blessedly short but very interesting exploration of the issues of globalization. Cohen is a prestigious public intellectual in France, with no ideological ax to grind as far as I know. His analysis is terrific; historical, sensible, and he is neither a cheer-leader nor gloom-sayer. A short and excellent introduction to the whole concept by someone who knows whereof he speaks.

A much weightier tome is The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedoms, by Yochai Benkler and published this month by Yale University Press. Benkler is a law professor at Yale, and this book is a very interesting and profound analysis on how the new, social, and technological production of knowledge has legal and philosophical implications that have yet to be addressed. Benkler has some great discussions here on how wealth is being created anew, and what it means not just for the law, but for economics and business in general. The first 100 pages or so were the most interesting on the subject of knowledge and wealth creation.

I’ll let all of you catch up on your reading and not recommend any books for a month or two—unless something outstanding shows up!

Posted by Larry Prusak on April 11, 2006 05:21 PM | Permalink

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A wiki for Benkler's book is available at http://benkler.org/wealth_of_networks.

Posted by: David Tannenbaum | April 12, 2006 12:42 AM

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