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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (23 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470057955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470057957
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you think economics is a complicated discipline reserved for theorists and the intellectual elite and has nothing to do with you, think again! Economics impacts every aspect of our lives, from what we eat to how we dress and where we live. This book simplifies the history, principles, theories, and terminology behind micro and macroeconomics, helping you get to grips with how economic decisions affect you, your finances, and the world around you.

About the Author

Peter Antonioni is a Lecturer in Management at University College London. He has worked in both the academic and private sectors as an economist. Sean

Masaki Flynn, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Economics.


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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Michael Collier on 18 Jan. 2008
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A reasonable intro to economics with one major problem. It is clearly little more than the American edition with a few British references thrown in (and this is supposed to be the 'UK Edition' as it says on the spine).

The two authors write in very different ways and it shows. Sean Masaki Flynn, the American author is very 'MTV' and tries far too hard to be conversational and informal with the result that he is rather annoying. His bits talk about the joys of peanut butter cookies and Ben and Jerry's fudge sundaes in ways that are unlikely to appeal to Brits.

In contrast, Peter Antonioni's sections are authoritative, evenly written and don't try to constantly be your 'buddy'. Every time the text switches between the two authors it is rather jarring. Indeed, readin the acknowledgements at the beginning it is clear that they have very different styles, ages, temperaments and opinions of themselves. Masaki Flynn is simply annoying. Maybe it's suitable for a US audience - but this should not be marketed as a British edition just because Antonioni gets to make a fw asides about Arsenal (or was it Spurs?).

In retrospect I wish I had bought one of the older single-author editions of Economics for Dummies which I imagine blows less hot and cold.

On a more positive note, I took the option of buying Investing for Dummies at the same time, and this is a far superior book. In fact it's rather better at explaining the essentials of economic theory than Economics for Dummies is, even though it only does it in passing.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By "mrsleeblut" on 26 Jan. 2006
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Unlike some of the for dummies guides, this book is very well written and very well explained. With a variety of diagrams and tables this book is definately a good one to start with.
The only down side is a little bit of economic knowledge might be helpful when reading this as some of the diagrams maybe hard to get your head around.
The book is split into a number of sections whic are then split into chapters. It is pretty easy to read and understand as pages are broken down into smaller paragraphs which make it easier to digest. As well as an indepth glossary in the back of the book, this book is very good at explaining specific points and also uses 'real world' examples in its case studies and explanations.
A very good book for a beginner an intermediate economic student, however more advanced students maybe left wanting a little more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2009
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Writing this review in the middle of the Credit Crunch (how I hate the media for creating that term!) and the 2008/9 recession, it has never seemed more important to read books like `Economics for Dummies'. This book is a clear introduction to the topic of economics and fiscal policy and makes a complex subject that bit clearer for the layman. This has many graphs and illustrations to clarify the various points made and focuses on many aspect of economics. Topics covered include, Why we should care about economics, explaining macro and micro economics, consumers choices and the impact on economics, ways of measuring economic conditions, inflation, recession, fighting recession, supply and demand, the core of capitalism, competition and monopolies, property rights, market failure and the obligatory part of tens looking at famous economists, economic fallacies and economic ideals to hold dear. All of this sounds rather dry and boring and although some parts are harder to stick with than others, this is generally an informative and engaging read. It has to be said that this follows the basic 'dummies' format, with various icons, cartoons, clear headings and 'part of tens' at the back, so if you know the format you will know what to expect. If you are looking for an introduction to this subject and don't know where to start, this is as good a place as any and will stand you in good stead to understand future economic conditions and news and may even help with your own investment ideas. (As an aside, if you are interested in Investing, then Tony Levine's `Investing for Dummies' is another clear and engaging introduction and is worth considering. As is `Personal Finance` by George Callaghan ).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cedric the real charlie on 26 July 2010
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Like all the texts for dummies, this one on economics explains principles clearly in accessible, friendly language without being condescending or patronising. You don't need to be a mathematical genius. I wanted to mug up on the basics of economics in order to understand better the current world financial recession and to have a foundation for assessing the claims of politicians wanting me to believe in their offered solutions. The structured approach to the explanations is very helpful and I am now several steps wiser. The book is informative and readable. I recommend it thoroughly.
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This book gives lots of nice easy examples of things you can relate to to help you understand some really complicated ideas. However every now and again the pace goes shooting forwards and you've suddenly got lots of graphs that are difficult to get to grips with and I get a bit lost. On the whole, though, the writer deserves really good marks for putting a frighteningly difficult subject within relatively easy reach. Good price too.
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