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Summary

  • What exactly is a credit crunch?
  • Why do footballers earn so much more than the rest of us?
  • Which country is likely to be the world’s leading economy in 10 years’ time?
  • And how does economics affect each one of us, every day?

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.

©2012 Edmund Conway (P)2012 Quercus Publishing Plc

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A reasonable introduction to the ideas of Economic

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.

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Decent topic choice, but bad order and writing

The book covers many current topics in economics such as happiness econ, game theory, development econ and behavioural econ. It also introduces the major schools. Where the book goes wrong is that a) the language is not beginner friendly and b) it is inconsistent in what beginner concepts it explains and what it expects you to know and c) it is not ordered properly. It discusses specifics of the stock market BEFORE the chapter on the stock market for example. I know more than average about econ but never for all studied it, so thought this would be a good book to plug the holes in my haphazard knowledge. I also have a PhD in biology so am not stupid. Yet some concepts were explained so badly that I had to look them up on YouTube.

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Good, but not particularly developed

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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.

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Decent content ... shame about the narration

This is a decent and worthwhile introduction to key economic concepts.

While the content is good, some may however find the plummy narration - which is frequently punctuated by ridiculous attempts at American accents - annoying and off-putting.

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A lot of data and information

Not an easy listen. As somebody who was new to economics I had to concentrate and listened to quite a lot more than once but it's all in there.

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Great introduction to economics

Very digestible as chapters were short and too the point. complicated concepts were broken down and always backed up with easy to understand examples. Has definitely boosted my interest in economics for further reading (and listening).



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Succinct and comprehensive

This book is structured perfectly in a way so that you can understand what economics is and why you should care.

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on the right

There is no such thing as political neutrality in economics, and this book is right wing for a European like me. I found myself getting annoyed at the author's biases several times. If you are on the right yourself, you will probably enjoy it.
The writing style is very clear, and Nigel Anthony's reading is excellent. It does explain lots of concepts well, so I did learn from it.
The book was published in 2009 so the crash looms large. That does date the book. but many of the ideas are timeless and always relevant.

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Good for beginners

This is a concise guide to economics for beginners. If you already have some background knowledge it still makes for an interesting listen.

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Brilliant

Superbly succinct and informative. Would benefit with an update regarding lessons learned (if any) from 2008 banking crisis. Great listen though, loved it.

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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.