Published on November 6, 2020 by Morgan Black  
Carden Art

A new book co-written by Brock School of Business professor of economics Art Carden, Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World, has topped Amazon charts for new releases in November.

In the new releases for free enterprise and capitalism books, the publication’s hardcover issue remained #1 for numerous weeks, and the Kindle edition was #3 for the first few weeks of the month. Simultaneously, the book hit #2 for the hardcover and #6 for the Kindle version in the economic history new releases. Early in the month, the publication hit #5 for new business and finance textbook releases and #4 in economics textbooks, where it briefly held the #1 spot. Lastly, the hardcover listed #1 in the political ideologies category.

The book, co-authored with renowned economist and historian Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, is a refinement of her trilogy on the Bourgeois era. In this volume, McCloskey and Carden bring together the trilogy’s key points and arguments. It combines history, economics, literature, philosophy and pop culture, and is the perfect introduction for a broad audience to McCloskey’s influential explanation of how we got rich.

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Carden provides a full overview of the book in this interview.

Art Carden is a senior fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research; a research fellow with the Independent Institute; a senior fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee; a senior research fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics; and co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal. His research on mass-market retailers, economic history, and the history of economic ideas has appeared in journals like the Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy. He is a contributor to, and his commentaries and other articles have appeared in USA Today, Productive!, Black Belt, and many other outlets. 

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