- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; First Edition (stated) edition (August 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525950257
- ISBN-13: 978-0525950257
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perhaps mindful that the procession of Freakonomics-inspired pop-economics books is becoming a blur, blogger Cowen aims to not hit the reader over the head with economic principles. Indeed, in his chatty disquisitions, economics often recedes into near invisibility. Few readers will hold it against this charming guide on how to get more of the good stuff in life. An engaging narrator, Cowen offers idiosyncratic strategies for appreciating museum art, for building family trust and cooperation, for writing a personal ad, for reading classic novels that seem boring on first inspection, for surviving torture, for properly practicing self-deception and for most effectively giving to beggars in Calcutta. In the book's most passionate and practical chapter, on food, Cowen explains how, with planning and tactics, we can eat much better meals at home and in restaurants, here and abroad. Throughout the book, the author's advice is less counterintuitive than simply surprising (he argues that the committed foodie should look to regions where some people are very rich and others are very poor). Even if you don't agree with all of Cowen's cheerfully offered opinions, it's a pleasure to accompany him through his various interests and obsessions. At the least, you'll pick up some useful tips for what to order at upscale restaurants. (Sept.)
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The book is fast, furious, and fun, with great examples of how to apply economic thinking to nontraditional subjects... -- Stephen Dubner at Freakonomics.com
Tyler Cowen is a rare bird: an economist who's a wonderfully entertaining writer but also a deeply humane thinker. Discover Your Inner Economist will certainly change the way you think about an array of subjects, ranging from ethnic food to marriage to our never-ending quest for novelty. But even more important, it'll give you a sense of the real possibilities the world has to offer, and show you how thinking better can actually help you live better. -- James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds
Tyler Cowen is an economist, culture vulture, restaurant critic and the best blogger in the world. All roles are on display in Discover Your Inner Economist. It's charming, smart and very, very creative. And it will change your life in the best way: in small steps. -- Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, columnist and editorial writer for The Financial Times
Tyler Cowen is an economist, culture vulture, restaurant critic and the best blogger in the world. All roles are on display in Discover Your Inner Economist. It's charming, smart and very, very creative. And it will change your life in the best way: in small steps. -- Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist
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Top Customer Reviews
The book needed an honest copywriter and a strong editor.
It is entertaining, but it rambles. Better, stronger structure, clearer logic and theory and tighter examples would have really helped.
It has some good points swimming in the sea of stream of consciousness writing, but darn it, I bought this book new to get more than that.
As the author advises, you need not finish every book. I'd add to that, you need not buy every book either, interlibrary loan is more than enough to pick up the good points of this book and to let you save your incentives, your dollars, to encourage another writer.
This book is going into the garage-sale bin a.s.a.p.
He admits that he doesn't finish most of the books he reads. I should have done the same with this one. His style is good at hooking you into thinking that something interesting is just across the next page...
As a reader of his blog, I didn't find enough new information in this book to make it worthwhile. Disappointingly so.
The book is still worth reading. But go in understanding it will not change the way you think and is a compilation of observations more than anything else. Also understand it doesn't measure up to the leader in the collection-of-economic-observations genre: Freakonomics.
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