Our book reviews are designed to assist people in deciding what they should read. We aim to review about a dozen books each year. These comprise a mix of recently published books and books published over the course of the last thirty years or so which we think should not be forgotten. We generally do not review books that may be regarded as “classics” (on the basis that they are already well known) or books that are aimed solely at an academic or other specialist audience (since our aim is to assist the non-specialist who want seriously to think through current issues).
Currently, our reviews focus on books relating to the following:
There are many books that discuss business ethics. These are valuable but there is a danger that ethical considerations are believed to be nothing more than a necessary constraint on business. A number of the books that we have reviewed take a different approach: they look at the underlying purpose of business and consider the implications of this for the way in which it is conducted.
We have also reviewed other books which, although not directly concerned with the overarching issue of business purpose, nonetheless have much to say that is relevant to this issue. In particular, we have reviewed books that focus on entrepreneurialism both in the past and in the present and both from a secular and a faith perspective.
Capitalism is a vast subject and many books about it are well known and have been reviewed many times. Others are aimed at those with specialist knowledge of economics. As indicated above, we do not generally review this kind of book. Instead, our reviews focus on books that:
The books relating to Wealth, Poverty and the Welfare State that we have reviewed cover a considerable range of issues: first, there are books that consider the appropriate Christian response to poverty; secondly, there are secular books that consider wealth and poverty and related issues from an historical perspective; thirdly, there are books that consider the approach to poverty and its relief (whether by the state or through philanthropy) from the point of view of ideas, morality or historical practice.
Of course, any categorisation of books has its limitations and ours is no exception. For example, books about the business world frequently contain discussions about capitalism whilst books about capitalism often engage with issues relating to wealth and poverty (and vice versa). However, we hope that our categorisation will assist prospective readers.