Top summer reading, a slurry of names, and the demolition of neoclassical economics

On Popmatters (because if financial theory isn't a pop matter I don't know what is), Rob Horning writes a review/essay about Myth of the Rational Market that's generally positive (and extremely erudite) but complains about the "slurry of names" and my "stubbornly neutral" narrative stance. That last bit is something of an exaggeration, but Horning is definitely onto something. I made a conscious decision to keep lots of people's names in the story and to shy from polemics because I figured that would give the book a better shot of getting onto business school reading lists. We'll see if that works.

Meanwhile, Gene Rebeck of Twin Cities Business puts Myth of the Rational Market atop his summer reading list. He's written a review for Delta's inflight magazine that will appear in June, but for now he writes:

Here’s a brisk, smart look at how some (usually) brilliant types came
to believe that the market could be made predictable, or at least
manageable—and how their efforts often made things worse.

Finally, Salon's Andrew Leonard notes in passing that neoclassical economics "is utterly demolished in Justin Fox's soon-to-be-published The Myth of the Rational Market." Wow. I had no idea.

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