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  • Series: The Cartoon Introduction to Economics
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; First Edition edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809033615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809033614
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The major concepts of macroeconomics are broken down with wit, verve, and clarity in this excellent follow-up to The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Vol. 1: Microeconomics . . . This clever, lucid, and lighthearted book is a godsend to anyone who needs a simple but complete primer on the ins and outs of economics.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“People don’t usually chuckle over unemployment, inflation, and recessions. But they’ll get plenty of laughs out of this book—and a good introduction to macro too.” —Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics
 
“If you don’t want to cry about the state of the economy, why not laugh instead? This book is an ideal introduction to macroeconomics for anybody who thinks they ought to understand what’s happening around them but is put off by dense text and economics jargon.” —Diane Coyle, author of The Economics of Enough
 
“Bauman [has] an insightful philosophical bent and the natural inclinations of an educator, in the best sense of that term.” —MarginalRevolution.com

 

About the Author

A freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and animator, Grady Klein is the creator of the Lost Colony series of graphic novels.
 
An environmental economist at the University of Washington, Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., is the world’s first and only stand-up economist.

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I'd recommend it for anyone taking macro!
Niki Driver
The glossary back in the cartoon are good by there giving some extra mathematical explanation to person just started reading economic.
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It comes fast and the quality is excellent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harald F. Uhlig on May 12, 2012
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This is a wonderful and humorous introduction to macroeconomics! I bought while waiting for a train in Frankfurt at the bookstore in that station (no idea, why they thought it a good idea to put copies of that book next to the cash register --- but that's how I found it!), read it in full riding a train to Berlin (rather than some other things I was really supposed to read) and chuckled all the way! It contains a surprising amount of valuable information, it is a surprisingly complete and balanced introduction, it is fun to read and excellent value for the price. I love the little cartoons when they describe tongue-in-cheek, how many fundamental ideas in macroeconomics received a Nobel prize (or perhaps led to frustration of the Nobel committee eventually). Fact #3 on p. 98, that "technological progress and trade are essentially indistinguishable" is perhaps a bit odd, but overall, this is well written and a terrific read. This should be required reading in schools, for journalists and politicians, and it is an excellent quick-guide intro for anyone embarking on learning all the details in earnest. I recommend it highly. I liked it so much, I bought an extra copy from Amazon as a present. Harald Uhlig, Dept. of Econ., Univ. of Chicago.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Contemplative Reader on March 3, 2012
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I used the concepts in this book to teach my class about GDP instead of having the students read Krugman's 30 pages in their text. Students retained more information when using cartoons. Of course, this book isn't a substitute for Mr. Krugman's book, but for those wishing to instantly learn about major macro topics, this book is excellent.
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How much do you really understand about how our economy works?

Yeah, me neither.

Following up their first volume, which naturally focused on microecomics, Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman ("the world's first and only stand-up economist") now have released The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Vol. Two: Macroeconomics. This is where things get decidedly more complicated.

Luckily, Bauman and Klein have a great sense of humor. Even better, they have a firm grasp on what it all means, and they make it simple enough to pass on to laymen. This is also when we get into tricky territory, like trade between countries and the morally troubling debates over what to do about workers' rights when rich countries trade with poor ones. Naturally, everything is complicated here. Nothing is a straight, black-and-white, good-or-bad answer.

Klein and Bauman are to be commended for making a richly understandable book that provides all the information of a textbook without getting too dry (also, despite the title of the book, it never gets too cartoony, either, striking a difficult to achieve balance between being informative and being funny).

The humor does wear thin in spots, but that's hardly a criticism. It's a relief to see a book explain what we need to know about macroeconomics in such a lucid way.

Reviewed by John Hogan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Siegel on March 30, 2013
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A former Columbia University professor in computer science, I feel a kindred spirit with Professor Yoram (whom I did meet once at a comedy club several years ago), since I love bending over backwards to make technical concepts fun, humorous, and entertaining (e.g., I used to sing educational songs to my college and graduate students during lectures). Yoram and Grady have succeeded in making the college-level concepts of economics clear, revealing, interesting, and completely effortless to take in by way of the entertaining mode of this work. When you sugarcoat the pill in this way, the reader gets that knowledge "Matrixed" into their head and then you realize the experts were right: there was nothing bitter about this pill in the first place! Despite my technical background, I'd never actually taken an economics course. I chose their two cartoon books on economics to do so (their third is forthcoming as I write this) and very much feel like I filled in the blank spots of my background one this topic area. If you enjoy learning and want to enjoy it even more, ahem: no-brainer!

Eric Siegel, Ph.D.
Founder, Predictive Analytics World
Author, Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Pulton on September 16, 2012
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I'm a professional economist and was looking for a book to introduce the field to my homeschooled children, ages 10 and 12. I discovered the cartoon guides after being disappointed with economics books explicitly targeting middle school. These books are wonderful. They find just the right level of detail to convey the most important concepts of economics without being misleadingly simple or tediously complex. My kids frequently laughed out loud while I read this book to them. I seldom needed to stop to explain concepts as they were clearly described in the text. Months after reading, my kids were able to apply the concepts to real life examples. The books were perfect for my needs - I couldn't ask for more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Kelley on March 8, 2013
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After reading the Microeconomics version of this product, I was really looking forward to seeing how the authors would handle macro. Not so well, as it turns out. One of the great parts about the Microeconomics book was that it began with the principles of the subject and worked its way up to more complicated topics. Unfortunately, this book glosses over nearly all foundations and jumps right into unemployment as the first main subject with no regard to how the macroeconomy "works". The one highlight of this book are the sections on international trade, which are really quite good.

Also, it seems like much more of the humor in this version was directed toward the educated reader and not so much on the student as in the Microeconomics edition.

If you're looking for a fun way to learn economics, go get the Microeconomics book. If you're looking to learn macro, look elsewhere.
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