The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year

The Economist published their 2011 Books of the Year list in the December 10th print edition. The extensive list includes books in several different categories: politics and current affairs, biography and memoir, economics and business, history, science and technology, culture, society and travel, fiction, and poetry. A selection of the titles are listed below, the complete list can be found at

Politics and Current Affairs

Tide Players : The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China by Jianying Zha

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason K. Stearns

Pakistan : A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven

Biography and Memoir

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin

The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins her Life’s Work at 72 by Molly Peacock

Economics and Business

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better by Tyler Cowen

Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner

Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William Cohan


Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-five Minutes in History and Imagination by Javier Cercas

The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples by David Gilmour

The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies by Matthew Parker

Science and Technology

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch

Culture, Society and Travel

The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier by Edward Glaeser

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything by David Bellos


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Other People’s Money by Justin Cartwright

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje


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