What are the best books on economics of 2020?

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What are this year’s best reads so far? FT chief economics commentator Martin Wolf and literary editor Frederick Studemann will be online Friday June 26 at 12-1pm London time to take your questions and hear your observations. Head to the comments section at the bottom of this piece to get involved

From trade wars to why bad economics can kill you, the future of automation to the fruits of magic money trees — Martin Wolf discusses his selection of the most important economics books published in 2020 to date.

From Keynes to Piketty, the dawn of humanity to modern day Canada, the range of subjects covered is considerable. What do you think of Martin’s choices — and what has he missed out?

  • Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case and Angus Deaton
  • More: The 10,000 Year Rise of the World Economy by Philip Coggan
  • Basic Income and Sovereign Money: The Alternative to Economic Crisis and Austerity Policy by Geoff Crocker
  • The Uncounted by Alex Cobham
  • Poverty is Not Natural by George Curtis
  • Trade is Not a Four-Letter Word: How Six Everyday Products Make the Case for Trade by Fred P. Hochberg
  • Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers by John Kay and Mervyn King
  • The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and How to Build a Better Economy by Stephanie Kelton
  • Trade Wars Are Class Wars by Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis
  • China and the Future of Globalization: The Political Economy of China’s Rise by Grzegorz W. Kolodko
  • Angrynomics by Eric Lonergan and Mark Blyth
  • Might Nature be Canadian? by William A. Macdonald
  • Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty
  • What’s Wrong with Economics: A Primer for the Perplexed by Robert Skidelsky
  • Economic Dignity by Gene Sperling
  • A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond by Daniel Susskind
  • The Case for a Job Guarantee by Pavlina R. Tcherneva
  • Fully Grown: Why a Stagnant Economy is a Sign of Success by Dietrich Vollrath
  • Trade and American Leadership: The Paradoxes of Power and Wealth from Alexander Hamilton to Donald Trump by Craig VanGrasstek

Martin Wolf details the reasons behind his mid-year selections, in this deeper exploration of the list above

FT writers and critics choose their favourites of the year so far — from politics, economics, science and history to art and fiction