Messrs. Kling and Schulz have produced a truly fascinating collection of essays and interviews with the leading economists in the world, challenging conventional wisdom and positing a more inclusive vision of how economic systems truly work.
The underlying theme of the material is that standard economic theory does not properly account for the positive forces of innovation and creativity, nor the negative factors of bad governance and social practices.
I would recommend the book for anyone in the IT/Silicon Valley/smart grid/venture capital/entrepreneur space, as it will confirm your perspectives of how important innovation and creativity are to the success of any given economy. There is a fair amount of discussion of developing economies like India and China, as well as a timely review of credit markets, using the housing bubble/mortgage security meltdown as an example.
I think the chapter titled "Financial Intermediation" describing the potential role of government regulation of the financial sector is a must read, though the following chapter on "adaptive efficiency and the role of government" comes down a little too far on the side of laissez-faire regulation from where I sit.
One warning: the book seems to be part of a canon in the world of Amazon. If you buy it there, your recommendations section will be filled with what I can only describe as pretty right wing screeds with extreme polemics.