I may have mentioned recently that my book, “The Ideas Industry,” came out this week. You should buy it — many people are saying it’s a very good book! But the hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts acknowledges that other books are probably worth reading as well — you know, in those short breaks when you can tear yourself away from my book, which, as I may have mentioned previously, is called “The Ideas Industry.” So here are the books I am looking forward to reading in a quiet nook somewhere this spring:

Ryan Avent, “The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century.” It is really, really difficult to write about economics in an accessible and lucid manner. Avent does so in this book. He examines how technological change is simultaneously disrupting how humans work in the modern economy and generating more inequality than economic growth. Avent’s book came out last year, but has just been released in paperback. Both experts and novices about the state of the economy will profit from reading it.

David Callahan, “The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a new Gilded Age.” Part of my argument in “The Ideas Industry” is centered around changes in the nature of philanthropy. A new class of benefactors is exercising considerable influence over a wider array of public policy issues. A whole crop of intellectuals are eager to advise these folks, and they ain’t going to speak truth to money. Callahan’s book looks at these new philanthropists, what guides their thinking, and what this means for public policy. For a shorter look at Callahan’s arguments, check out Alana Samuels’s article in the Atlantic last week.

Tyler Cowen, “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream.” For years, Cowen has focused in small books on the growth slowdown in the United States. This one proffers an interesting and uncomfortable explanation for why this has happened: Americans have developed a “matching culture” in which we care about avoiding change. We rely on algorithms to help pick our music preferences, our television watching, our college choices and even whom we should marry. This leads to personal comfort but a decreased incentive to innovate. This sounds like an uncomfortable argument that is nonetheless worth reading.

Seva Gunitsky, “Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century.” What is the link between great power transitions and domestic regime changes? According to Gunitsky, the relationship is tighter than we realize. This book argues that the rise of new great powers creates myriad opportunities for them to shape the domestic political institutions of other states. The result is waves — and then counter-waves — of regime types that mimic the rising hegemon. This helps to explain the waves of democratization and de-democratization in the 20th century. I’ll leave the implications of Gunitsky’s argument for this century to your imagination.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy, “The Perils of ‘Privilege’: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage.” There are topics of public discourse so smothered in toxicity that even broaching them seems foolhardy. Discussions of “privilege” fall squarely within this intellectual minefield. This does not deter Maltz-Bovy from fearlessly deconstructing the emergence of this concept and what it means for the way Americans talk about politics and culture. For a taste of her argument, check out this excerpt from the New Republic that appeared last month.