Daily Telegraph economics editor Edmund Conway introduces and explains the central ideas of economics in a series of 50 clear and concise essays. Beginning with an exploration of the basic theories, such as Adam Smith's 'invisible hand', and concluding with the latest research into the links between wealth and happiness, he sheds light on all the essential topics needed to understand booms and busts, bulls and bears, and the way the world really works. Don't just have it on your desk; get it on your iPod and learn economics the smart way.
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I used to be sorta blind. But now I can sorta see. (Bill Callahan)
A perfectly functional basic introduction to economics ideas. Lacking in any depth, but what does one expect with 50 distinct chapters crammed into a relatively short book?
The style of the writing is not too grating, and it is well enough told. However, I don't think it is a patch on Tim Harford's 'The Undercover Economist Strikes Back', and I'd recommend that instead of this if you want a simple, entertaining introduction.
Topics were covered with examples and stories that helped you understand and remember. With a nice summary of each economic idea.
Casual listener of non-fiction
Book makes no bones that it is a basic introduction to principles and that the book is not free flowing and should be taken in segments. However, still expected a bit more from it. Still a good listen for those beginning to learn basic economics.
I really enjoyed the precise introductions to the many ways that economics relates to life. It made me want to get my children to listen and improve their understanding of the way the world is and the many shades of grey, that good intentions do not always give the best solution. Perhaps , as the author even suggests, it isnt a perfect audiobook, but better suited to being read in small chunks. When listening for an hour or so at a time, the 10 chapters tend to blend a little when follwoing one after another. I am sure a couple more listens will help the pennies to drop.
"Economics by the numbers"
Good brief reviews of key concepts in Economics and business. Obviously not enough here to become an expert on any one topic but a good high level summary of each topic.
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