P. J. O’Rourke, On the Wealth of Nations. P.J.’s take on Adam Smith’s great work. You receive a good summary of the basics of Smith’s book and of classic economy if you don’t let O’Rourke’s snide comments get in the way. I read this book, along with the Karl Marx book listed below for a course, Smith Vs. Marx, where we looked at what these two giants of economic analysis actually said, versus what people think they said.
Albert Camus, The Stranger. Translation by Matthew Ward. Meursault is a murderer; he also tells the truth.
Francis Wheen, Karl Marx: A Life. A well-written biography of the author of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto.
Alice Munro, Friend of My Youth. Short stories by the Canadian writer.
Jane Gardam, The Flight of the Maidens. An earlier novel by the author of Old Filth. Three provincial English girls win scholarships to prestigious universities. Their flight is both a flight from — leaving a life that could not
be sufficient for them — and a flight up — a reaching for something higher, and perhaps better, but certainly different.