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Product Details

  • Series: Big Ideas Simply Explained
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756698278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756698270
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* To most readers, the term engaging economics book is an oxymoron. This cleverly presented new volume may change that. The Economics Book takes a unique approach to elucidating this often murky subject through well-written entries. Arranged by both subtopic and time frame, the history of economic theory, notable world events, and biographies of key players are presented in six chapters, titled “Let the Trading Begin (400 BCE–1770 CE),” “The Age of Reason (1770–1820),” “Industrial and Economic Revolutions (1820–1929),” “War and Depressions (1929–1945),” “Post-War Economics (1945–1970),” and “Contemporary Economics (1970–present).” Chapters vary in length from 10 to 27 entries, each accompanied by an “In Context” sidebar and voluminous supporting illustrations, including flowcharts, graphs, and pictures. The book concludes with a directory of influential economic thinkers, a brief glossary, and an adequate index. The book’s brilliance lies in its packaging of economic theory into easily digestible essays (e.g. “The Economy is a Yo-Yo: Boom and Bust”; “Make the Polluter Pay: External Costs”; “Crowds Breed Collective Insanity: Economic Bubbles”). Overall, this book will make economics not only accessible but potentially even fascinating to a wide range of readers at and above a high-school reading level. --Jennifer Michaelson

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"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com

"The Economics Book takes a unique approach to elucidating this often murky subject through well-written entries. The book's brilliance lies in its packaging of economic theory into easily digestible essays. Overall, this book will make economics not only accessible but potentially even fascinating to a wide range of readers at and above a high-school reading level." – Booklist *Starred Review

Customer Reviews

It's just really fundamentals but it looks really nice which is why I got it.
Dan
This is a great book that makes such an intricately complex concept such as economics, easier to understand.
Jorge D, Ayala Cruz
I strongly recommend the book to those who are interested in the field of economics.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Donakello on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
From the invisible hand to bank runs, this well designed and very readable book traces through the field of economics and how it developed.

It follows thinkers and ideas in more-or-less chronological order, giving short biographies alongside explanations of key ideas broken down into bite-sized chunks. The ideas are organized into sections such as 'The Age of Reason 1770-1820' and 'Contemporary Economics 1970-Present'.

The ideas include examples like "Social networks are a kind of capital", "Globalization is not inevitable", "Firms are price takers not price makers", and "You enjoy the last chocolate less than the first."

There is little maths; instead of formulas you will find funky designs and pictures. This is not an in-depth account of the theory of the dismal science. Upon finishing, you will not be qualified to design central bank policy.

It is a broad survey that will establish a backdrop and reinforce deeper study of any particular issue. It is great for providing some context to ongoing debates and political decisions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kirk VINE VOICE on April 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking forward to reading this book for some time and I don't feel let down at all. This book is for the reader who wants a fairly broad view of economics and the major players who have documented and studied this great field. Yes the book does lean slightly left but there are some great sections on Austrian and Monetarist too. In fact I thought the authors did a better job of explaining those "schools" than the socialist or Keynesian themes. I would recommend this book to all types of readers fro the beginners to the advanced students of economics. In summary, well worth your time reading.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By paul ng on March 5, 2013
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This is exactly the book what I am looking for, plenty of useful material, the information provided is just like a small dictionary that can satisfy my needs. Besides, the price of the book is acceptable. I strongly recommend the book to those who are interested in the field of economics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshy G on January 31, 2014
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Great Coffee Table Book, it's a fun 'intro to topic' book but like just about any textbook has a few errors so I wouldn't suggest for heavy learning purposes, but on the flip side they make the subject matter fun for novices (children, etc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Latesh Chandra on January 7, 2014
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A must read for anyone interested in Economics especially commerce students. Easy to understand economic history and a brief introduction of some great economists
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By Diego Zlotogora on July 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The economics book is a beautifully designed book that shows the ideas of the most important economists throughout history. The concepts are explained at a very high level and may serve as an introduction to the works of each author. I'd say it is a collection of summaries that can be useful to satisfy mere curiosity or to understand the subjects explored by the economic discipline, that goes far beyond supply and demand.
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a truly great series
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By Yubu on May 12, 2014
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It's good I give this product a five star rating
But the picture should be more clear for the product and more information, sometime it's not look the same as in the picture.
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