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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hill & Wang Inc.,U.S. (1 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809094819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809094813
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learning economics should be fun. Klein and Bauman make sure that it is. --N. Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and author of Principles of Economics. Hilarity and economics are not often found together, but this book has a lot of both. It also does a great job of explaining important economic concepts simply, accurately, and entertainingly--quite a feat. --Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics Bauman and Klein present solid basic economics in a brilliant cartoon wrapper. The authors successfully shine a happy light on the dismal science. --Hugo Sonnenschein, Distinguished Service Professor and President Emeritus, University of Chicago This is a seriously funny book! Klein and Bauman offer an enlightening and entertaining look at why our day-to-day choices matter and how they all combine. Students will find this a great addition to their textbooks, and critics of the discipline will learn what economics is really about. --Diane Coyle, author of The Soulful Science Had Art Spiegelman and John Maynard Keynes collaborated on a comic book on economics, they could only have dreamed of coming up with something this good. --Jonathan A. Shayne, a.k.a. Merle Hazard, country singer and founder of Shayne & Co., LLC Klein's preferences for relatively thick lines and bare-bones perspective . . . [conjures] the work of the marvelous New Yorker cartoonist Lou Myers . . . Probably the least dismal treatment of the dismal science ever. --Booklist For anybody who is genuinely interested in economics, who really wants to learn the jargon, or anyone who is starting out studying an economics course, this is just a brilliant source. Tim Harford, author of Adapt --Various

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A freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and animator, Grady Klein is the creator of the Lost Colony series of graphic novels. An environmental economist at the University of Washington (and a part-time teacher at Seattle's Lakeside High School), Yoram Bauman, PhD, is the world's first and only stand-up economist.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Grant on 15 May 2012
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Perhaps my love of comics and general geeky nature helped, but I found this book hilarious, well-written and well-drawn.

I'm an Economics beginner, and still understood enough to titter, giggle and laugh my way through it. The book doesn't follow the standard path of learning microeconomics, and is all the better for it. There are also some great tips on how to win a Nobel prize...

I've ordered the Macroeconomics follow up for a second helping.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Palma on 7 Oct 2010
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The cartoon introduction to Microeconomics is probably meant for people who have already studied some microeconomics and who can relate to what is being said (and drawn!).
The way chapters are organized is an interesting departure from most textbooks (which invariably start with the market and then go back to the optimizing individual and back to the market again), and there are lots of good points on less traditional stuff such as game theory and auctions (I would suggest perhaps adding a chapter on behavioral economics, it would definitely be a lot of fun).
I especially enjoyed the cameos by the Nobel-prize winners.
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A simple, but clear and high quality overview of microeconomics. Easy to read and fun to follow along, worth a buy if you need to revise the basics or want some understanding of the topic.
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