I was at the public library studying yesterday and picked up two books from their used book sale:
1. The Goal of Economic Growth, edited by Edmund Phelps (1962). It's just an old edited volume from Norton sort of working through early growthsmanship thinking, but what attracted me was three chapters on science and research. Gary Becker writes about whether we underinvest in college (with special consideration of scientists), Fritz Machlup talks about the opportunity costs of research in thinking about whether we need more research, and Benton Massell and Richard Nelson talk about the role of public policy in research and development.
2. As We Saw the Thirties: Essays on Social and Political Movements of a Decade, edited by Rita Simon. The title pretty much says it all. First hand accounts by major leaders of (American) social or political movements (mostly of the leftish variety).
And then two came via Kevin Curie-Knight in the mail. They were free Liberty Fund books he got but didn't want and offered to me:
3. A book of George Washington's letters.
4. Two volumes of American Political Writing During the Founding Era, 1760-1805.