Michael Harrington is a political economist, public policy analyst, and author. He holds advanced degrees in political science, finance, and economics and his scholarship on political and economic issues have won several national awards while his commentaries have been published in a wide variety of national media journals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He currently writes on economic policy and politics on the blog, Casino Capitalism and Crapshoot Politics.
On the artistic side his interests encompass music composition and performance, photography, and history. He has composed music, written a play, taught music and designed websites for his photography and fiction writing. He has been inspired by and harbored a life-long fascination with the art, culture, and politics of the Italian Renaissance, and has lived and studied in Italy, near Florence. His enduring interest in the social movements and artistic creativity of this period led him to study the life stories of Girolamo Savonarola, Niccolò Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. As a visiting scholar to the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he conducted research with primary Renaissance materials for his dramatized history-fiction trilogy on Savonarola and Machiavelli. This work, titled The City of Man: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, has been an Amazon Kindle bestseller for more than four years running.
An early convert to digital technology, Harrington is a pioneer in the development of digital book formats, or eBooks. His eBooks are programmed to take full advantage of the search and link capabilities of digital text, as well as incorporating the enhancements of images, illustrations, tables, and indexes. These features give the reader the freedom to pursue their own path through the story with direct access to historical information on the Internet.
He recently published two more works. Saving Mona Lisa is a novel about the world’s most famous painting told through the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci’s young assistant and eventual archivist, Francesco Melzi. The story is inspired by two real mysteries: Why did Leonardo insist the painting was never finished, refusing to surrender it to its rightful owner? And, who painted the copies, several of which depict Mona Lisa bare-breasted? The story delves into the conflicts inherent to artistic creativity and love by examining one of the most creative and complex personalities in history.
COMMON CENT$: A Citizen’s Survival Guide is a condensed public policy primer that integrates analyses of economics, financial markets, and American politics into a broad overview of national policy for citizen-voters. This primer derives from and supplements the author's weblog, Casino Capitalism and Crapshoot Politics.
His political novel, In God We Trust, modernizes the Renaissance conflict between religion and politics to the current era of religious fundamentalism and secular politics. The story develops a Machiavellian plot that dramatizes Washington politics and the unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics during the period from the Millennial through 9/11 and the build-up to the Iraq War.
Most recently he published a non-fiction book on creativity and social connection, The Ultimate Killer App: How Technology Succeeds. This short monograph explores the relationship between technology and human nature, providing a blueprint for creative innovation and social connection.