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“Chang, befitting his position as an economics professor at Cambridge University, is engagingly thoughtful and opinionated at a much lower decibel level. ‘The “truths” peddled by free-market ideologues are based on lazy assumptions and blinkered visions,’ he charges.”—Time
“Chang presents an enlightening précis of modern economic thought—and all the places it’s gone wrong, urging us to act in order to completely rebuild the world economy: ‘This will [make] some readers uncomfortable…[;] it is time to get uncomfortable.’”—Publishers Weekly
“Myth-busting and nicely-written collection of essays”—Independent (UK)
“Shaking Economics 101 assumptions to the core … Eminently accessible, with a clearly liberal (or at least anticonservative) bent, but with surprises along the way—for one, the thought that markets need to become less rather than more efficient.”—Kirkus Reviews
“For anyone who wants to understand capitalism not as economists or politicians have pictured it but as it actually operates, this book will be invaluable.”—John Gray, Observer (UK)
“A lively, accessible and provocative book.”—Sunday Times (UK)
“For 40 years, I have worked as a journalist and trained thousands of other journalists from my former perches as a University of Missouri Journalism School professor and as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. I have written newspaper articles, magazine features and entire books with heavy doses of economics policy and business behavior. I wish the book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism had been available when I was a rookie; I would have been more alert to the hands-off-business catechism by which Americans are relentlessly indoctrinated.”—Steven Weinberg, Remapping Debate
“I doubt there is one book, written in response to the current economic crisis, that is as fun or easy to read as Ha-Joon Chang's 23 Things They Don't Tell you About Capitalism.”—AlterNet Executive Editor Don Hazen
I have read this as well as some libertarian books on economics like Economics in One Lesson.
An example of the second is rich country's income are higher because immigration control, not just because their citizens are more productive.
On the contrary, he is very open on his defence of regulated, as opposed to radical free market variations of capitalism.
Very rarely, never losing relevance, and not for long does Change digress from his succinctly argued cases and even then the digression is interesting and amusing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Maria Lourdes Barcelon Locsin
I believe this will prove to be something of a classic on the list of popular economics booksPublished 7 days ago by Douglas Hazelrigg
Very interesting and well documented. You may not agree with his points but you will have ahard time ignoring them.Published 9 days ago by Donald Macke
Ha-Joon Chang's iconoclastic book on the follies of untrammelled free-market economics was published shortly after the financial meltdown of 2008, but its messages remain relevant... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diogenes
Be prepared to question about half of what your Econ 110 professor told you. This book points some glaring flaws in the assumptions many of us make about market incentives and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by thoreau
An insightful book that will shake your beloved beliefs in the omnipotent free market forces. I highly recommend this book for anyone willing to challenge their current world view!Published 1 month ago by MaxS
Ha-Joon calmly and methodically deconstructs the urban myths and old wives tales upon which so much of our current economic policy is based. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George McDuffee
The author makes a series of 23 arguments that he claims are against the "capitalist orthodoxy". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adrian Turcu
This author is very interesting to read. I am not an economics major or anything, but found this book eye opening.Published 3 months ago by BN