Daily Archives: November 9, 2008

Gideon Rachman

I was irritated to see that Arthur Laffer has just published a book called “The End of Prosperity”. It’s not that I have anything in particular against the curvaceous Mr Laffer. But calling your book, “The End of” something or other, is perhaps the worst cliche in publishing.

This is confirmed by a brief search on Amazon, which yielded the following books – most published within the last ten years. “The End of Poverty” by Jeff Sachs, “The End of History” by Francis Fukuyama, “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris, “The End of Food” and “The End of Oil”, both by Paul Roberts, “The End of Lawyers” by Richard Susskind, “The End of Fashion” by Teri Agins, “The End of Days” by Zacahria Sitkin, “The End of Human Rights” by Costas Douzinkas, two books called “The End of Globalisation” – one by Harold James and one by Alan Rugman, “The End of Nature” by Bill McKibben, “The End of Work” by Jeremy Rifkin, “The End of Medicine” by Andy Kessler, “The End of Memory” by Miroslav Wolff, “The End of Science” by John Horgan and “The End of the Poem” by Paul Muldoon. Read more