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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 28, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000WOYDRA
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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.
1)The Postcard Test - It should be possible to take a good economics argument and write it out on the back of a moderate-sized postcard.
2)The Grandma Test - Most economic arguments ought to be intelligible to your grandmother.
3)The Aha Principle - If the basic concepts are presented well, economics should make sense.
Unfortunately, Cowen violates these less than stunning principles. The book rambles, communicates little if anything about economics, has no integrating thread, and is boring. My guess is that he simply decided to get on the "Freakonomics" bandwagon. If so, it's long past time to move onto another fad.
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.
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This book showed up in great condition as advertised and I enjoyed reading every page of it! I would definitely recommend it!Published on March 31, 2013 by D-Rad
It is amazing how some 'books' become published.
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Relying on economic principles to determine every aspect of your life is powerful, certainly. Effective, maybe. But it's also more than a little bit psychotic.Published on January 11, 2011 by SJ
I got this book from a local library. Read and liked it very much. When I come to amazon.com to buy one to keep, I found the average review is low. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Yi Dong
I've never written a review here before, but I was moved by just how bad this book was to write one now. Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by Avid Reader
I appreciate the points Cowen tries to make, but as at least one other reviewer said, he rambles. If the book were two thirds its present length, it would be much better. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by l.c.r.