Good Books of 2014

Having completed the incomplete list of my recent books, I thought I would take a look at which ones I really liked and, even if I'm not actually writing reviews of them, differentiate between ones I do and don't recommend.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

This is probably the best (and certainly the most significant) book I've read in 2014. It's by no means an easy or light read, but it has completely changed the way I look at a great many things in society. Naive as it may seem, I had never really considered the difference between income and wealth (and the tremendous difference in the levels of income and wealth income). Most striking and eye-opening is the fact that the post–World War II period of growth and shrinking inequality is a temporary blip created by the destruction of wealth during the two world wars. It's quite disheartening to consider that the sense of progress and increasing opportunities for social mobility that characterized that period is a transient phenomenon and that we should not be surprised at all to see levels of inequality rising once again.