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The Econosphere: What Makes the Economy Really Work, How to Protect It, and Maximize Your Opportunity for Financial Prosperity 1st Edition

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“For an engaging, insightful, and somewhat quirky take on how our economy works, The Econosphere is a must read. Craig Thomas does a masterful job of explaining basic economic fundamentals so that anyone can understand them and profit as a result.”  –Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Economy.com


“Classic Craig! Born with an ability to write informatively, Craig has delivered the layperson’s guide to everything economic! Clear, informative, and entertaining prose on the inner workings of the economy. A must read for anyone who wants to understand how the world works.”  –Raymond G. Torto, PhD, Global Chief Economist, CB Richard Ellis


“An engaging read. Craig’s view of what he calls ‘the Econosphere’ is really fascinating and is simply, yet eloquently, focused on what we can achieve as individuals and, at the same time, contribute to the betterment of mankind. This book encourages each of us to become stewards of the resources we use to sustain ourselves. It is a thoughtful, purposeful, and inspiring read.”   –Steve Felix, Head of Real Estate Client Relations—North America, Aviva Investors, and author of Simplicate Your Life: Volume 1


“The Econosphere is a quick and enjoyable read with a powerful message. This fresh perspective on the workings of the economy is provided through surprising but logical comparisons to the environment and the green movement, combined with many witty anecdotes. I feel I have a new understanding of the economy’s nature. We should all be ‘green’ economists!”   –Robert M. White, Jr., Founder and President, Real Capital Analytics

About the Author

Craig Thomas is a veteran private-sector economist, working today as Senior Economist at one of the largest financial services firms in the United States. Among his previous posts, he served as Director of Research for Citi Property Investors, Citigroup’s private equity real estate arm, developing information that drives billions of dollars of investment decisions. Specializing in regional, macro, and real estate economics, he has modeled and analyzed myriad markets and asset classes, presenting his findings worldwide. Unlike most serious economists, he is also a gifted communicator. His economics columns quickly gathered an avid readership of more than 30,000 economists and noneconomists who appreciate his unique ability to explain complex theory in a simple and entertaining way.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013701998X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137019984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,332,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Thomas is a veteran private-sector economist. Specializing in regional, macro, and real estate economics, he has modeled and analyzed myriad markets and asset classes, presenting his findings worldwide. Unlike most serious economists, he is also a gifted communicator with an avid readership of economists and noneconomists who appreciate his unique ability to explain complex theory in a simple and entertaining way.

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A lot of people are feeling steamrolled by the course of economic events lately. They feel increasingly isolated in their niche in life, are concerned about a widening disparity in income, a balkanized society, and a loss of perceived economic opportunity. Adding it all up, a lot of Americans feel that they are increasingly helpless to influence the outcome of their own lives.

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, we are even debating the relative merits of our economic system, and asking ourselves whether capitalism failed.

Well, Craig Thomas steps back from the volatility of the economic chaos, and offers us a valuable conversation on the economics of the individual, and their role within the broader structure of firms, global markets and government policy. Craig's great gift is to communicate complicated economic concepts regarding marginal utility and costs, inequality, economic stress and the economics of success, failure and happiness in an accessible conversational prose.

This book is a conversation about what motivates us to get up in the morning. Why some of us succeed more than others, and why one person's definition of success might not be the same as another's. Craig's dialogue with his reader illustrates the interacting components of the economy--individuals, firms, the government--and how they form a dynamic, vibrant "econosphere" in which we live, make decisions, and (hopefully) prosper. Craig's stories of individuals and firms making decisions together emphasizes the importance of information as a critical ingredient in the recipe of a successful economy, and how the lack of information imperils all of us, and contributes to economic crises.
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I must admit that I received my copy of Craig Thomas's, The Econosphere, with a belief that I would enjoy and appreciate the book; after all, its synopsis did seem to resonate with my oft-stated thesis that, "You are the market, the market is you."

A belief I thought vindicated as I began the book... until I grew concerned I was reading some sort of religious tract, more akin to the Gaia Hypothesis. Even Thomas himself acknowledges that effect, calling his thesis somewhat hippie-ish.

But I stayed with the book, and am glad I did. Chapter 3 is exhilarating; Thomas takes the often arcane and confusing world of economic precepts and tenets, and renders them sensible for even the lay-reader (especially the lay-reader) in the most easily digestible method, by telling a tale that embeds those concepts within the tale:

"Imperfect information, in fact, is the chief factor that keeps us from maximizing our utility at any one time. You go to where you think you will find the greatest success and happiness, given all the information that you have, but on occasion, when you get there, you find that your treasure map was either incomplete or just plain wrong."

Thomas repeatedly alludes to the sentiment above as "perfect markets; imperfect information" -- the perfectly pithy analysis of investors in public securities markets.

I came to really like this book as I continued; this is no turgid economics treatise on some new concept, but a living, breathing organism. Which is only fitting, when the reader remembers Thomas's concept of the Econosphere. Too, Thomas considers all inputs in an economic system, including the biggest player, the government:

"In this sense, we must conclude that government does help the cause of the wealthy.
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As someone who has read his share of economics books, I can tell you that its seldom if ever you can find a book on the subject as well written and entertaining as the Econosphere. Even more rare is a book that can be enjoyed by professional economists and economic newbies alike, but this is it. Craig has a natural gift for explaining complex issues in a clear, concise and engaging manner. Well done!!!
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