Now that you’ve finished Martin Cruz Smith’s Stalin’s Ghost, may I suggest something in a non-fiction, grand-theme, deeply thoughtful, wonderfully written treatise. Something that takes on the big question, specially, how market societies manage to work as societies.
May I recommend The Bourgeois Virtues by Deirdre McCloskey.
My favorite quote so far:
But the assault on the alleged vices of the bourgeoisie and capitalism after 1848 made an impossible Best into the enemy of an actual Good. (2)
McCloskey, Deirdre. 2006. The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an age of commerce. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Order it here.