Where the book is weak, however, is in respect to the "solutions" proposed to remedy this problem.
Although one could surmise much of the content from experience and simple common sense, I generally found the book to be a straightforward and thought-provoking read.
The first half to 2/3 of this book makes some very good points that have escaped most of the popular discussions of economic issues.
An economic theory book just so you're all clear. Enjoying it.Published 5 months ago by Chris Russell
Some books seem best written for the advanced degree economist. Frank's book, on the other hand, is also a good read for the average citizen who is interested in understanding... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Robert Mull
The author posits that markets of fixed size and involving zero sum winners (i.e., more inputs do not necessarily expand a market's size such as that for lawyers litigating... Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Yoda
Although this book is a little outdated, the authors make a convincing case as to the spiraling salaries of Fortune 500 CEO's, sought-after-free-agent-superstar-athletes,... Read morePublished on May 5, 2007 by Dextra L. Suggs
Brilliant book, though the practical outlines of reversing the trends that drive our society towards a winner-takes-all-society may not be easy, or simply feasible. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Viviane Van Nevel
This book basically says that the rat race is harmful and we should constrain spending, because happiness isn't really what we have, but what our neighbor has; therefore, by... Read morePublished on August 12, 2006 by Matthew Rafat
This book would make a fantastic 30 page essay. It covers very important ideas and backs them up with analysis and examples. Read morePublished on December 19, 2001 by Peter Norvig
In the early 1980s, a number of pieces on rent-seeking behavior and tournament style competition appeared in the economics literature. Read morePublished on May 21, 2000 by John Morgan