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Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures [Kindle Edition]

Michael Goodwin , Dan E. Burr , David Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Stimulus plans: good or bad? Free markets: How free are they? Jobs: Can we afford them? Occupy Wall Street . . . worldwide!
Everybody’s talking about the economy, but how can we, the people, understand what Wall Street or Washington knows—or say they know? Read Economix.
With clear, witty writing and quirky, accessible art, this important and timely graphic novel transforms “the dismal science” of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what we’ve got . . . and sometimes what our neighbors have got. Economix explains it all, from the beginning of Western economic thought, to markets free and otherwise, to economic failures, successes, limitations, and future possibilities. It’s the essential, accessible guide to understanding the economy and economic practices. A must-read for every citizen and every voter.

PRAISE FOR ECONOMIX

“Goodwin brilliantly contextualizes economic theories with historical narrative, while Burr’s simple but elegant illustration employs classical techniques like caricaturing politicians and symbolizing big businesses (as a gleeful factory) to help the reader visualize difficult concepts.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[Economix] brings a lively visual sensibility to this intensely abstruse subject matter without condescending to the reader or dumbing the ideas down.” —MotherJones.com

“Flat-out awesome!” —Wired.com

This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issues—in this case, economics, history and finance—and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals.” —Miami Herald

“After reading Economix I felt like I understood many fundamental aspects about the way the world works that I had been too lazy to learn about before . . . Economix is a book I’m going to buy and give to people.” —Boing Boing

“Having never taken economics in college, I find the world of high finance needlessly complicated and confusing. Thankfully Michael Goodwin saw the need for a basic primary on how the economy currently works and how we got here. A text like this would certainly help high school and college students gain their first taste of financial literacy and it comes recommended for the rest of us.” —ComicMix.com


“Just when the world seems to have fallen apart thanks to the economy, Goodwin and Burr’s Economix comes along to give us some understanding of the immense, yet still ‘delicate machine’ that controls our world so that we can be the rulers with our votes and not the uninformed (or disinformed) ruled.” —BigThink.com


“Michael Goodwin hasn’t just written a great graphic novel—he’s written one that should be required for every school, newsroom and library in the United States.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“It’s simply phenomenal. You could read ten books on the subject and not glean as much information.”
David Bach founder of FinishRich Media; author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire

“Goodwin has done the seemingly impossible—he has made economics comprehensible and funny.”

Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

“An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information! What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject!”

John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

“Smart, insightful, clear, and as close to the truth as economics can get. The bonus: Who would have guessed that economics could be fun, and—here's the joy—really accessible? Goodwin roots us in history and fills us with common sense understanding. As he puts it early on, economics seems horribly complicated mostly because we're looking at it all at once. Broken down into its component pieces, it's relatively easy to understand. And a good understanding of economics is critical to maneuvering in the world today. If I were compiling a list of the 100 most important books you can read in a lifetime, this would be on it.”


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About the Author

Michael Goodwin, a freelance writer and editor, has a degree in Chinese studies and lived for several years in both China and India, which broadened his view of the economy. Dan Burr illustrated the classic graphic novel, Kings in Disguise. He is also a noted children's book author and illustrator whose titles include Pirates and God Bless Your Way: a Christmas Journey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 62108 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams ComicArts (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADIMJZ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 13 Nov. 2012
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I've dabbled with the idea of reading more about economics for years now. I find it a fascinating topic and one that is rarely understood with any real depth without having studied it.

There are many academic style text books out there, as well as a great deal of more accessible books (Tim Harford / Steven D. Levitt etc.) but all of them with a personal skew, selective arguments and presentations dependent on the author's particular bent. This book, or comic should I say, is an entirely different thing. I admit I have not yet finished it but I am thoroughly enjoying its concise yet thorough introduction to the 'dismal science'. It's a wonderfully comprehensive introduction to the basics of how money operates in western society, as well as a very effective political history where Western Europe and the USA is concerned. Adam Smith is well referenced, as are Marx and Engels in their quest for a very different, if largely unrealised kind of system and the twists and turns all of these different models take over subsequent decades and centuries even.

The book may be presented in comic form, but this only goes to tighten its impact and simplify the ease with which the reader can grasp the main concepts. It is easy to refresh on a topic as the subjects covered are well presented in bite size form, with constant reference to past topics already covered to help preserve a constant understanding of the models' development over many many years.

The author wisely reminds us from the off that he is merely presenting the different ideas here - without necessarily pushing in any one direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely recommended to anyone!! 15 Dec. 2012
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Extremely well-written and illustrated! A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the way our world functions. I was amazed at how it was able to present such a complex subject in such a simple intuitive and most importantly objective way. Easy to read.
These days it is critical that people become aware of the logic behind it since it basically governs our lives and restricts individuals in so many ways. And that logic is frightingly simple...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, simply explained 15 Dec. 2012
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This would be good for someone who has no idea how economics works. But even through I knew more than most people, I picked up a bit of interesting history.
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This comic does not attempt to explain economics from a theoretical point of view. It's more of an attempt to track how the economic debate evolved in the past few centuries, with a focus on the United States.

The author is very honest in positioning his work as a "starting point". This work contains the bare minimum facts that everybody who wants to debate economics should be familiar with, framed within a pretty explicit and well argumented anti-neoliberist point of view.

The artistic side of it is not super-compelling, and it feels more like an illustrated book than a comic proper. I don't think this affects the book negatively though.

Overall, it's definitely a hugely recommended read, especially for those unfamiliar with American history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone 8 Oct. 2012
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This was the first book I've read on the subject and it was wonderful. It looks perfect for beginners.

The chosen medium (comics instead of raw text) was amazingly good for the job!
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Everyone remotely interested in how the economy ended up being what it is today, and what it's likely to become tomorrow, needs to spend the couple of hours "reading" this book. Since the author cleverly approached the subject via wonderfully drawn cartoons, the subject matter is almost pre-digested for you. It's a joy to read, with lots of funny, and deep, observations worthy of a classic text on economics. I'll buy at least another copy to give to someone else, it's a superb book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing!! 19 Aug. 2014
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This book is amazing!!! It is super accessible - all the ideas are beautifully drawn out for you before your eyes in a very simple, straightforward manner. It takes a historical perspective and explains how these complicated systems have developed in response to, and building on, previous existing systems. I have recommended this book to everyone I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant! 3 Jan. 2014
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I was in two minds about buying a comic book on Economy and Economics and I am soooo glad I did! It is simply brilliant! I will be buying another two copies - I don't know yet for whom, but I am sure I will find somebody :)
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