Neglected Book

Livingston, James, Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Revolution (1994).

It's not THAT neglected, but it's asking different questions, and working from different assumptions, than most books in the period. Don't get me wrong--I strongly disagree with a lot of it, and I think some of it is just incoherent. But Livingston wants to vault the wall between economics and cultural studies. It's a worthy project and he does it with ambition and skill. It's also infuriating--he's completely blind to race, and his general assumption that high capitalist economic theorists are more rational than their opponents I think is just plain wrong. It should be debated more.

Recommended by Michael O'Malley, George Mason University

Ph.D Berkeley 1988, author of Keeping Watch: A History of American Time, currently writing a book on the history of money.