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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118118065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118118061
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An Entertaining Visual Guide to the Basics of the Dismal Science

Let's face it. Economics can be a really big bore, but we need a decent understanding of it to survive in this age of economic uncertainty.

Unlike other economics book you may have seen, Easy Economics isn't packed with reams of text or stacks of numbers. It is filled with informative illustrations and easy-to-understand content that makes exploring the subject enjoyable.

Easy Economics brings you quickly up to speed on those things you need and ought to know and does so through a collection of frequently asked questions and answers.

Among the many questions it answers are

  • What causes a recession?

  • How do we end one?

  • How long can a bust last?

  • What caused the financial crisis of 2007–2009?

  • What is fiscal policy?

  • What is the difference between debt and deficit?

  • Is globalization good or bad?

  • How does trade affect inflation?

Entertaining and informative, this book answers many of the most frequently asked questions on the subject of economics—plus plenty more that you never knew to ask.

About the Author

THE TEAM
Although they didn't know each other at the time, Leonard Wolfe and Lee Smith were both students at Yale together: Smith as an undergraduate, and Wolfe as a graduate student. Eventually they worked together at Fortune, where Wolfe was an art director and Smith a senior writer/editor who served as Fortune's bureau chief in both Tokyo and Washington.

Stephen Buckles, who served as the book's economics consultant, has had a distinguished career in economics education and currently teaches economics at Vanderbilt University.

Roy Doty, whose charming illustrations grace these pages, is considered one of this country's finest cartoonists, and his work has appeared in almost every major publication in America.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Kohrt on February 8, 2014
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I have an advanced degree in economics and have had an interest in the subject my whole life. Mostly the interest is from an "understanding how the world works" perspective. The book explains in visual, clearly written and short descriptive sections the subject of economics in practical terms how our world functions, economically. I have given it to two of my sons to make it available to our grandchildren in the hope they will be tempted to take an economics course in high school and possibly become economists some day! Or, at a minimum, better understand the economic underpinnings of issues that face us every day on every level. It is fun to read. And it is an easy reference to maintain both a better grasp of what could otherwise be complex and sometimes mundane topics as well as an unbiased presentation of the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hallween on December 14, 2011
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The explanations are clear, and the picture are perfect. I recommend this book for people who would like to understand what exchange rates are, how the fed affects the economy, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KH79 on January 4, 2013
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This book was easy and fun to read. The pictures were a great addition. I found this book so good I even read the definitions in the back of the book. I would definitely suggest this to anyone who is having trouble understanding the basic elements of macro and micro economics.
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Let's face it, economics is a dry, difficult and convoluted subject that is often used by both sides of politics for their own mischievous ends. You only need to look at the face of people when economic data, graphs and figures comes up on the news, and their eyes automatically glaze over and they pretend to be interested in a subject that we all know we should be more well versed in. Well this book is an exception to the rule (with Freakonomics and maybe Undercover Economist) it provides the basics i.e. explanations and both sides of the argument; and where better to start so as to achieve an understanding of what should be an essential Life Skill.
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