BEYOND Borders Summer Book Club Invitation

The BEYOND Borders book club is an initiative between the College of Business faculty and the Office of International Education to increase global awareness on campus and facilitate interaction from faculty, staff and students from across campus in a non-classroom setting. Each semester, we will select a book that will help its readers become more informed global citizens.

Faculty, staff, and all students are invited to join OIE office staff, Dr. Alex Cartwright and Dr. Mark Brandly for a weekly discussion on the reading via Zoom. The group will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 4pm – 5pm via Zoom starting on 5/27 until 8/5.

The group will read parts from two books: “Anatomy of The Crash: The Financial Crisis of 2020” and “Crisis and Leviathan” a book about the economics of government responses to emergencies during the past century.

Electronic versions of each book are available below.

If you are interested, please sign up here:

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 810 3743 0835

Password: 3j6UtH

Anatomy of The Crash:

Crisis and Leviathan:


 Session & Book Meeting Date Chapters for Discussion 
1) Anatomy of the Crash: Financial Crisis of 2020 May 27 1. Financialization: Why the Financial Sector Now Rules the Global Economy by Ryan McMaken  2. Are Central Banks Nationalizing the Economy by Daniel Lacalle  3. The Menace of Sub-Zero Interest Rate Policy by Brendan Brown 
2) Anatomy of the Crash: Financial Crisis of 2020 June 3 6. 7 Reasons Why European Banks Are in Trouble by Philipp Bagus   7. China Is in Trouble by Ronald-Peter Stöferle and Mark J. Valek  9. Not-So-Modern Monetary Theory by Arkadiusz Sieroń 
3) Anatomy of the Crash: Financial Crisis of 2020 June 10 13. What Will It Take to Get the Public to Embrace Sound Money? by Brendan Brown  14. Yes, the Fed Really Is Holding Down Interest Rates by Joseph T. Salerno  15. Why the Government Hates Cash by Joseph T. Salerno 
4) Anatomy of the Crash: Financial Crisis of 2020 June 17 16. What’s the Difference Between Liberalism and Neoliberalism by Ryan McMaken  17. How Today’s Central Bankers Threaten Civilization by Claudio Grass  18. What Would Mises Think about the West Today? by Jeff Deist 
5) Crisis and Leviathan June 24 1. The Sources of Big Government: A Critical Survey of Hypotheses 
 2 . How Much Has Government Grown? Conventional Measures and an Alternative View  
6) Crisis and Leviathan July 1 3. On Ideology as an Analytical Concept in the Study of Political Economy  4. Crisis, Bigger Government, and Ideological Change: Toward an Understanding of the Ratchet 
7) Crisis and Leviathan July 8 5. Crisis under the Old Regime, 1893–1896  6. The Progressive Era: A Bridge to Modern Times 
8) Crisis and Leviathan July 15 7. The Political Economy of War, 1916–1918   
9) Crisis and Leviathan July 22 8. The Great Depression: “An Emergency More Serious Than War” 
10) Crisis and Leviathan July 29 9. The Political Economy of War, 1940–1945  10. Crisis and Leviathan: From World War II to the 1980s 
11) Crisis and Leviathan August 5 11. Retrospect and Prospect 

Honors students may use the BEYOND Borders Book Club as an alternative co-curricular project in place of the cultural events and service for a semester. The summer book club counts toward the previous academic year for those who may not have completed all their cultural events and service. Email Cathy at for more information on this option.