Daniel Altman

Daniel recommends: 

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (Landes) - An alternative economic history of the world that brings in many of the most powerful ideas that came after Adam Smith

The Chastening (Blustein) - An excellent account of the Asian and Russian crises and the failure of economic experts to recommend appropriate policies, which is especially relevant today.

Our Velocity (Eggers) - A touching and sometimes hilarious novel that traces the path of money spent rather than money earned around the world

El Año del Desierto (Mairal) - A thrillingly experimental novel in which a city experiences its development in reverse (in Spanish).