Stanford economics professor John McMillan just passed away after fighting with his cancer for the past 9 years. He was 56. Read the press release here.
John was the author of the extremely well written economics book for the layman entitled Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets.
Beyond books, John had also written a bunch of excellent papers on various topics. To me, his best paper is definitely this.
HT to Economic Principals for the pointer.