The Choice

David Ricardo comes back as a ghost to argue about the costs and benefits of trade with an American television manufacturing exec in 1960. A primer on international trade written in the form of a novel, it was named one of the top ten books of the year by Business Week and one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times when the first edition came out in 1994. Not my best novel but lots of economics here.


“[…] this 113-page defense of free trade “puts the complex macroeconomic issues surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement and the emerging global economy into understandable terms,” wrote Washington Correspondent Doug Harbrecht. “And it’s fun to read—honest.”

—The Best of Business Books, 1994, by Denise Demong in BusinessWeek