Here is an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Deirdre McCloskey. I have to say that I feel the same way about Deirdre’s recent work that Jim Holt does: "She has read the library, and won’t let you forget it." I am afraid many people no longer enjoy listening to her, even when she might be right. The problem is less the move away from cliometrics and toward culture than it is the voice that she chooses to use. Here, for instance is Noah Smith’s reaction to McCloskey’s review of Piketty.
This is a long but fascinating story about the economic historian Nathaniel Leff.