Books to Collect for my Library

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Today, I provide a list of the books I plan to collect for my library by the end of the year. It includes both technical and non-technical writings categorized into seven main subject areas. So here we go with the list:

Africa Centred Issues

  1. China in Africa (African Arguments) – Chris Alden; Paperback
  2. Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) by Morten Jerven
  3. The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa by Ernest Aryeetey (Hardcover)
  4. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs (Hardcover)
  5. The Trouble with Aid: Why Less Could Mean More for Africa (African Arguments) by Jonathan Glennie (Paperback)
  6. The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa by Calestous Juma (Paperback)
  7. Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden (Paperback)
  8. The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai (Paperback)
  9. Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo (Paperback)
  10. Africa: Crude Continent: The Struggle for Africa’s Oil Prize by Duncan Clarke (Paperback)
  11. Beyond the curse: policies to harness the power of natural resources by International Monetary Fund (Paperback)
  12. Stabilization and Savings Funds for Nonrenewable Resources: Experience and Fiscal Policy Implications by Jeffrey Davis (Paperback)
  13. The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People are Educating Themselves by James Tooley (Hardcover)
  14. Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen (Perfect Paperback)
  15. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier (Paperback
  16. The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution by Charles Robertson
  17. Winner Take All: China’s Race For Resources and What It Means For Us by Dambisa Moyo
  18. Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future by George B.N. Ayittey
  19. The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence by Martin Meredith

Oil and Petroleum Issues

  1. The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael L. Ross (Hardcover)
  2. The Squeeze: Oil, Money and Greed in the 21st Century by Tom Bower (Paperback)
  3. The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World’s Oil Market by Leah McGrath Goodman (Hardcover)
  4. The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin (Hardcover)
  5. Fiscal Policy Formulation and Implementation in Oil-producing Countries by J.M. Davis (Paperback)
  6. Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy by Matthew R. Simmons (Hardcover)
  7. Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert’s Peak by Kenneth S. Deffeyes (Paperback)
  8. Oil: A Beginner’s Guide (Beginner’s Guides) by Vaclav Smil (Paperback)
  9. Escaping the Resource Curse (Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia) by Macartan Humphreys, Jeffery D Sachs and Joseph E Stiglitz
  10. Plundered Nations?: Successes and Failures in Natural Resource Extraction by Paul Collier and Anthony J. Venables
  11. Mineral Rents and the Financing of Social Policy: Opportunities and Challenges (Social Policy in a Development… by Katja Hujo

 Moral Philosophy

  1. The Philosophical Life: Twelve Great Thinkers and the Search for Wisdom, from Socrates to Nietzsche by James Miller (Paperback)
  2. The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does by Sonja Lyubomirsky (Hardcover)
  3. Civilization and its Discontents (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud) by Sigmund Freud (Hardcover)
  4. Second Treatise of Government by John Locke (Paperback)
  5. That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen by M. Frederic Bastiat (Paperback) The Law by Frederic Bastiat (Paperback)

History and Literature

  1. The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart No Longer at Ease Arrow of God (Everyman Library) – Chinua Achebe; Hardcover
  2. The Lost Kingdoms of Africa by Gus Casely-Hayford (Hardcover)
  3. A Man of the People (Penguin Modern Classics) by Chinua Achebe (Paperback)
  4. Bu Me Be: Proverbs of the Akans by Kwame Anthony Appiah (Hardcover)
  5. The Social Contract (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Paperback)

Economics & Finance

  1. Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey (Hardcover)
  2. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini (Paperback)
  3. Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson (Paperback)
  4. The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can’t Coexist by Dani Rodrik (Hardcover)
  5. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart (Paperback)
  6. Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Milton Friedman (Paperback
  7. Milton Friedman on Economics: Selected Papers by Milton Friedman (Paperback)
  8. Why Government Is the Problem (Essays in Public Policy) by Milton Friedman (Paperback)
  9. A Country Is Not a Company (Harvard Business Review Classics) by Paul Krugman (Paperback)
  10. Finance and the Good Society by Robert J. Shiller (Hardcover)
  11. Keynes: The Return of the Master by Robert Skidelsky (Paperback)
  12. Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott (Paperback)
  13. The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents – the Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek) by F A Hayek (Paperback)
  14. The Principles of Political Economy by David Ricardo (Paperback)
  15. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (Routledge Classics) by Joseph A. Schumpeter (Paperback)
  16. Can “It” Happen Again?: Essays on Instability and Finance by Hyman P. Minsky (Paperback)
  17. John Maynard Keynes by Hyman P. Minsky (Paperback)
  18. Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis (Initiative for Policy Dialogue) by Stephany Griffith-Jones (Paperback)
  19. The Origin of Financial Crises: Central banks, credit bubbles and the efficient market fallacy by George Cooper (Hardcover)
  20. The Return of Depression Economics by Paul Krugman (Paperback)
  21. Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (Hardcover)
  22. Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig Von Mises (Paperback)
  23. The Constitution of Liberty (Routledge Classics) by F.A. Hayek (Paperback)
  24. The Mystery Of Capital by Hernando De Soto

General Reading

  1. The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature – Paul Collier; Paperback
  2. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by James A. Robinson (Author), et al.
  3. Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day by Abhijit Banerjee (Paperback)
  4. The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction by Nate Silver (Hardcover)
  5. Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power by Niall Ferguson (Paperback)
  6. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz (Paperback)
  7. Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future by Ian Goldin (Hardcover)
  8. The Richest Man in Babylon: The Original Version, Restored and Revised by George S. Clason (Hardcover
  9. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely (Paperback)
  10. The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home by Dan Ariely (Hardcover)
  11. Seventeen Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart (Paperback)
  12. Thinking Strategically: Competitive Edge in Business, Politics and Everyday Life by Avinash Dixit (Paperback)
  13. The World is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman (Paperback)
  14. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey Sachs (Paperback)
  15. The End of Poverty: How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime by Jeffrey Sachs (Paperback)
  16. Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz

 Technical Books

  1. Econometric Methods – Jack Johnston; Hardcover
  2. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion – Joshua D. Angrist; Paperback
  3. Discrete Choice Methods with Simulation – Kenneth E. Train; Paperback
  4. Economics of Petroleum Production: v. 1 by I. Lerche (Paperback)
  5. Econometrics by Example by Professor Damodar Gujarati (Paperback)
  6. Probability Models for Economic Decisions (Duxbury Applied) by Curt Hinrichs (Hardcover)
  7. Energy Finance: Analysis and Valuation, Risk Management, and the Future of Energy (Robert W. Kolb Series) by Betty Simkins (Hardcover)
  8. Introductory Econometrics for Finance by Chris Brooks (Paperback)
  9. Decision Analysis for Petroleum Exploration by Paul D. Newendorp (Hardcover)
  10. Political Economy Of World Energy, The: An Introductory Textbook (World Scientific Series on Energy and Resource Economics) by Ferdinand E Banks (Paperback)
  11. Energy Economics: Concepts, Issues, Markets and Governance by Subhes C. Bhattacharyya (Hardcover)
  12. Managing Energy Risk: An Integrated View on Power and Other Energy Markets (The Wiley Finance Series) by Markus Burger (Hardcover)
  13. Energy Security: Economics, Politics, Strategies, and Implications by Carlos Pascual (Paperback)
  14. Energy Trading and Investing: Trading, Risk Management and Structuring Deals in the Energy Market by Davis Edwards (Hardcover)
  15. Energy Markets: Price Risk Management and Trading (Wiley Finance) by Tom James (Hardcover)

HAPPY READING!!!!!

About the Author

Theo Acheampong
Theo is an economist and social media enthusiast who provides regular commentary on socioeconomic and political developments in Ghana and Africa at large. Theo is passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship and the role of innovative technologies in solving Africa's developmental challenges.

2 Comments on "Books to Collect for my Library"

  1. wow! that's a lot of books and a lot of time…do you intend to read them all this year?!??
    I wish I could read Bu Me Be: Proverbs of the Akans by Kwame Anthony Appiah soon. My written twi is an endangered specie,lol

    • Nope. Don't plan to read them all his year. Can't even read 10% of them as I have other academic writings and research to do. I do however plan to collect most of them for my library hopefully by the end of the year.

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