Second only in interest to the text of a new book is the reception it receives. Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations got a terrific review in the Sunday New York Times from Princeton economist/Times columnist Paul Krugman. It received a knowledgeable plug as well from George Mason economist Tyler Cowen, who modestly understated the role he plays in the story. (In 1988, Cowen and Amihai Glazer wrote a note that goaded Paul Romer into a far-reaching reformulation of the attributes of economic goods.) Columnist Steven Pearlstein of the Washingon Post commended it to readers of the Washington Post’s business page.
Alas, KWoN didn’t make Greg Mankiw’s list of recommended summer reading for his students. Still, the early interest was enough to keep the title in the 20s on Amazon’s Top Sellers in Books for the first few days of the week.
KWoN is published officially on Monday, May 22.