HARD HEADS, SOFT HEARTS: TOUGH-MINDED ECONOMICS FOR A JUST SOCIETY by Alan S. Blinder Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1987 A sprightly analysis of key economic problems facing the United States, written from a liberal perspective.
RENDEZVOUS WITH REALITY by Murray Weidenbaum New York: Basic Books, 1988
A more conservative attempt to analyze and deal with national challenges ranging from streamlining the military establishment to cleaning up the environment.
COMPETING VISIONS: THE POLITICAL CONFLICT OVER AMERICA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE by Richard B. McKenzie Washington D.C.: Cato Institute, 1985
A vigorous exposition of the free-market approach to economic policy.
THE ECONOMICS OF PUBLIC ISSUES (Seventh edition) by Douglass C. North and Roger LeRoy Miller New York: Harper & Row, 1987
A more formal - but highly readable - set of applications of modern economic analyses to a variety of current public-policy questions.
THE ECONOMIC WAY OF THINKING (Fifth edition) by Paul Heyne New York: MacMillan 1987
This book makes economics both interesting and exciting.The presentation is short, clear, and enlightening.