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The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume Two: Macroeconomics Paperback – December 20, 2011
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“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
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book because my econ teacher recommended it. It's a great way to learn economics in an applicable and entertaining way. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Terri K.
Education through cartoons can be valuanble - and in this case is.Published 1 month ago by David C. Bennett
Bought this book for my middle schooler! She loves the illustrations and I use the content to teach her the subject! I am in awe for the book.Published 3 months ago by Godha
I bought both Volume 1 and Volume 2. These are good book for teens to understand economic, the cartoon really get my daughter's attention, so she read on and finished reading them.Published 3 months ago by Z. HE
Economics made simple, intuitive, but well documented and usefull even for graduate students or professionals.Published 5 months ago by Gobelino
These are cartoons?? Not funny, not entertaining, and certainly not educational. I teach AP Macro and AP Micro and intended to use selected cartoons to reinforce some of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. GRADY
the authors make a complex subject accessible via visual narrative, and a dose of humor. It won't replace a college textbook, but that's the point. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brenda M. Michelson
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I'm an undergrad at Michigan State University planning on taking an intermediate level Macroeconomics course in the fall. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ryan Scherbatsky