- April 20, 2020
- Posted by: matt
- Category: Blog
Iâ€™ve been trying to keep my pandemic era reading on the lighter side, but I couldnâ€™t help myself and I picked up Midwest Futures after seeing it plugged in a James Fallows blog.Â I can highly recommend this interesting and idiosyncratic book.Â Itâ€™s a combination of history, memoir, and critique of the Midwest region, along with some ideas on future trends and regional prospects.Â I enjoyed learning about the initial development of the region with a heavy emphasis on the development of the railroads and mass-scale agriculture. Itâ€™s not a pretty story, with massive displacement of Native peoples and a general disregard for the plight of the poor and dispossessed.Â The author, Phil Christman, is highly critical, but also shows his love of his home region, warts and all. Â His thoughts on the regionâ€™s future directions, in the face of climate change (and now COVID 19) are also worth considering.
Let me also add another early plug for new E-book from the folks at VOX EU and the Centre for Economic and Policy Research:Â Mitigating the COVID 19 Economic Crisis:Â Act Fast and Do Whatever It Takes.Â This book offers a very early but useful assessment on what will be needed to recover from our current economic mess.Â Â It includes chapters from around the world and from renowned economists like Paul Krugman.Â The title says it all.Â We need to keep investing and as the title says, â€œdo whatever it takes.â€Â All of the chapters are early takes on what weâ€™ll need to do, but they offer some excellent ideas from around the globe.