Business & Economics

A 43-year old book is soon to be the business bestseller thanks to Bill Gates.  The reprint of Business Adventures is scheduled to be released Aug 16, but digital publishers that reproduced it as an e-book have sent it to # 1 on Amazon and the New York Times bestseller lists. The book was originally […]

The economy might be down, but as we are approaching the end of 2012 we are looking at yet another banner year for the rare book market. This increasingly popular vehicle in collectible investing, allows for better diversification with long-term investment planning. Last week we looked at two finance books written around the times of […]

One does not have to look too hard or too far back to get a glimpse of the effects of an economic crisis. The most recent crisis in the Euro zone and the near collapse of the banking system in the US are still impacting our lives. But try to find witnesses of the 1929 […]

We at Rare Books Digest got inspired this week on the eve of Labor Day 2012 by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke of all people, since he expressed a popular concern over the labor market. Labor Day’s popularity became obvious since first held in 1882 by the Central Labor Union which created the holiday to allow the public to […]

It is not uncommon for people with book collections to harbor concern towards the new generation’s lack of interest in picking up a hobby such as rare book collecting. The old assumption that a collection would remain in the family and that the family’s “library” would accumulate with each generation is sadly a thing of […]

In an 1867 publication of a rare book entitled Das Kapital, Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (Capital: Critique of Political Economy), Karl Marx (1818-1883) declared that capitalism is the exploitation of labor  by employers who own the capital assets, and ultimately profit from surplus value derived from uncompensated labor.  The Prussian philosopher’s revolutionary, socio-economic ideas played […]

In a 1776 publication of a book with the title An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1723-1790) declared that the difference between wealth and poverty of a nation is relative to the freedom of its markets and the degree to which the average person shares in the […]