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Something for Nothing: A Novel (MIT Press) Hardcover – September 2, 2011

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Michael W. Klein's novel Something for Nothing is a fun romp through the life of a young, aspiring academic as he struggles to find his way in the world. It is often amusing, sometimes edifying, and always entertaining.

(N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and author of Principles of Economics)

Klein effectively taps into fears that every researcher must have felt at one time or another about the possible fragility of his or her results, and gives us a window to view how a desperate but otherwise normal everyday person may be tempted to behave unethically. He does so with humor and a heavy dose of irony. Klein perfectly captures the bumbling, bungling, and cluelessness of (at least some) new Economics PhDs beginning their careers.

(Nelson C. Mark, Alfred C. DeCrane Jr. Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame)

The thrill in this book -- as in the economics profession itself -- comes from trying to determine what's real and what's satire. Klein expertly combines them by mixing the insights of an academic insider with an appreciation of the human comedy that was almost completely missing from his previous book, Exchange Rate Regimes in the Modern Era.

(Yoram Bauman, economist and stand-up comedian)

... [An] amusing take on the academic life....

(Taylor McNeil Tufts Now)

This book is not merely entertaining. It manages to slip in some extremely clear explanations of supply and demand, game theory, marginal costs, and the like, which might well seem fuzzy when presented in more conventional form.

(Paul B. Brown The New York Times)

He writes smoothly and precisely, with an undercurrent of quiet humor.

(Kacie Glenn The Chronicle of Higher Education)

About the Author

Michael W. Klein is William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262015757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262015752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Duffy on October 16, 2011
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An intelligent, funny satire of the economics profession and in particular of the academic job market for new PhDs. Klein, who is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University, knows his subject matter all too well. As one Professor character in his novel puts it, in the academic world, "the coin of the realm is publications". Klein explores the lengths that a new PhD economist might go to acquire some of this coin. The book will entertain economists and non-economists alike. The style and subject matter reminded me of the work of Christopher Buckley and Tom Perrotta. Academic economists especially will enjoy this biting, insightful but ultimately uplifting view of their profession.
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Author Michael Klein's first novel, "Something for Nothing" is a captivating read. The story revolves around the budding career and challenges of a young economics professor. Presumably, the main character's experiences are based upon some of the real life experiences of the author. I found the novel to read like the best of John Grisham's. The story brings the reader into little understood world of academic economics with a plot line that is educational as well as entertaining. From the earliest pages to the exciting finish, the believable characters had me emotionally hooked. The exciting conclusion of the novel left me satisfied and desiring of a sequel. I think that this novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers as it includes intrigue, suspense, good vs. evil, and romance. I hope others enjoy the book as much as I did.
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This is a fantastically entertaining book and amusing and I've been reading this addictively for the last few days and about to finish this now. And entertaining choice of characters and outcomes, with some amusing plot turns. The scene around CROSS makes me think of Evelyn Waugh books like Decline and Fall, and from my perspective of the economics profession also all seems horribly realistic. Well done on a great book.
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Satirizing sexual and intellectual hypocricy on and off the campus of a small college, Michael Klein's comic novel, "Something for Nothing", is a blast -- as enjoyable as it is insightful. The book focuses on the tribulations of a young academic whose stifled effort to get a job as an economics professor is suddenly boosted when he is tricked into letting a right wing con man twist his doctoral thesis into apocryphal scientific evidence supporting "just say no" over contraception as a way of preventing unwanted births. Klein, a recognized economics professor, clearly draws on his own experience as he has fun with the slings and arrows of a life in the groves of academe. At the same time his book paints on a larger canvas, skillfully depicting the follies of neo-conservatism in the U.S. today. "Something for Nothing" would make a great movie. I can't wait to see it.
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Something for Nothing helpfully squashed any regrets I might have had about not becoming an economist, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy this book. Michael Klein writes beautifully and with great authority about the struggles - both academic and romantic - of the young up and coming economics professor who is the main character of the book. As the plot unfolds, the sometimes insidious nature of publishing, politics and academia is revealed not to mention the pitfalls of romance. A very enjoyable read!
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