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Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated) Paperback – April 19, 2010
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About the Author
Burton G. Malkiel is the Chemical Bank Chairman's Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University. He is a former member of the Council of Economic Advisers, dean of the Yale School of Management, and has served on the boards of several major corporations, including Vanguard and Prudential Financial. He is the chief investment officer of Wealthfront.
Top Customer Reviews
For some light reading, I picked this book up. From it, my studies of economics gained renewed vigor, because this was the first book that really made me LOVE ECONOMICS. After reading it I saw most economic ideas -- especially macroeconomic ideas -- in a new light.
Folks, it's fantastic. Absorbing, witty, and clearly-written.
Not only will you come to basically understand many important economic principles from reading it, but the book contains not a single graph, chart, or unsavory equation.
This is the only economics books I've ever read and read, until I was done: on the john, in the tub, on the bus, etc. I just could not put it down!
The thing I really like is Wheelan's genius for picking examples, many of which will boggle your mind and stick with you for days.
Wheelan has also got a great sense of humor. When's the last time that you found yourself laughing out loud every few pages while reading an economics book?
Here's an example:
"The sultan of Brunei earned billions of dollars in oil revenues in the 1970s. Suppose he had stuffed that cash under his mattress and left it there. He would have had several problems. First, it is very difficult to sleep with billions of dollars stuffed under the mattress. . ."
Subjects covered include: why capitalism and free markets is better than communism and state-controlled markets; how information is crucial (such as product or corporate branding and health insurance for individuals); efficiency of financial markets (why the individual is often foolish when he buys a stock after reading a tip from the newspaper); and why international trade is good even if special interest groups may oppose it due to job losses.
Readers on both the extreme left or right will be able to pick up certain issues in the book that they disagree with. They will then pick those up and attack Wheelan for being an extreme liberal or an extreme conservative. They will accuse him of not caring about U.S. jobs; they will accuse him of pandering to the environmentalists. For those readers, their mind is already made up before the read this book. For open-minded readers, this book will be very enjoyable and interesting.
To all the people who design economics undergraduate programs in the U.S. please understand that: (1) we need something useful, (2) most of us are not going to study a ph.d., (3)we need a tool for understanding the world, not something we won't remember six months after the end of the course. What was a Lagrangean anyway?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to read and understand. Wheelan puts things into a perspective that the layperson can understand.Published 2 days ago by Justmetmt
Great read! Had to purchase for a class and decided to keep it for my personal library.Published 24 days ago by La-Shon Archibald
Awesome book! Excellent introduction to economics for the non-specialist.Published 26 days ago by David Benkof
I got it to help me when I was going to student teach in an economics classroom. It did not help.Published 1 month ago by Jocelyn Joy Hoffarth
Had to buy this book for a class - it was actually a very enjoyable and interesting read. A great introduction to the basics of economics.Published 1 month ago by Jon P
Awesome book for anyone who wants to learn about the basics of economics without the bore. I took economics in college and wish I had read this then.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Abramson