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The 19th edition of this heavily marketed economics textbook is very expensive, comes in many different editions and versions, and may or may not include the McGraw-Hill connect code. Be very careful that you order EXACTLY the version to be used in your class (including the connect code if necessary). Once you have paid your money, neither Amazon nor McGraw-Hill will be very helpful if you got the wrong book.
I give this book 1 star for excessive cost, poor customer service, and a (deliberate?) confusing array of editions and versions. This is a very commercial textbook--every aspect of purchasing and using this text ought to provide a good user experience--and that does not happen.
If I were judging on writing alone, I would give it 3 stars. It may be required for a particular course, but it is not a "keeper" that you will refer to over the years. For that get Samuelson or Heilbroner.
There are at least three editions--US, Global, and Asian. In all three, the text, graphics, and tables are nearly identical, but the chapter numbers, chapter titles, and pages are organized differently. (I have personally used only the Global edition--I have carefully compared my edition to the US edition--I have not personally seen the Asian edition.) If you don't have the same edition as your instructor, when your instructor says, "read pages 200 to 250 for the exam," you will be lost.
For each regional edition, there are at least three versions--Economics, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics. In the global edition, Economics has 39 chapters, Microeconomics has a reduced subset of 25 chapters (general econ and MICRO view), and Macroeconomics has only 22 chapters (general econ and MACRO view). Though the chapter topics correspond, and the text is nearly identical, the chapter and page NUMBERING is different in the different versions.
Your instructor MAY NOT KNOW that there are so many permutations of this text. Also, your instructor may teach both micro and macro, and so may use the more general "Economics" version, yet may tell you to get the "Macroeconomics" version for your macro class, innocently not realizing the page numbering confusion.
The global edition can be purchased through eBay from sites in Indonesia for a much lower price, but be prepared for headaches ALL THE TIME with chapter and page numbering. (This is what I did--I regret it.)
Then there is the 18th edition (which I have seen the US edition). This edition is two or three years older, and MUCH cheaper. But AGAIN, though the text, graphics, and tables are NEARLY identical, the chapter numbers, titles, and page numbering is totally different. You will have no end of trouble figuring out what pages to study.
The writing in this text is not up to the clarity of Heilbroner or Samuelson, but the graphics are mostly well-thought-out, and the sidebars are entertaining. The overall organization, chapter titles, and subheads are clear and logical. The glossary is surprisingly thorough and often helpful, but the index is a bit sketchy.
Because McGraw-Hill puts out a reorganized edition every two or three years (nothing really new, merely reorganized), you will likely NOT be able to resell your text to the following class, but maybe you will luck out. If I had this to do again, I would RENT from Amazon--and I would make sure I get EXACTLY the same edition / version that my instructor is using. (My class did not require the "connect code", so I can't comment on that feature.)