We have just received the fully typeset and copy-edited version of the book back from the publishers. It is looking good! Some small problems to solve, including loads of missing references and a few eclectic spelling varieties that have somehow escaped the attention of the proofreaders. (I fear that I will never fully understand our American cousins' penchant for the letter z - that's "zee", not "zed".)
One disappointment, however, has been the quality of the typeset figures. They all look like they were pasted straight from Excel. Because, well, they were! I had hoped for a little more...
So my friend Adi McCrea has agreed to help us out at very short notice. Adi is a data scientist and Tableau whiz. She has already sent me some prototypes. These new-and-improved figures will look great!
(For a discussion of why good data visualisation should be considered much more important to economists than it usually is, see this interview with Jonathan Schwabish, who wrote a great visualisation guide for the JEP back in 2014.)
Other stuff we are adding to the book at this stage include a series of cartoons by Ashleigh Neill, and a set of haiku by Stephen Ziliak. Both these projects were inspired by the contents of the book. Along with Adi's data visualisation magic, we hope that you will agree that the inclusion of this material will elevate the finished product to a piece of high art!
Chris Colvin is an economic historian based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.