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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to economics from a surprising source
Dorling Kindersley made their name originally with heavily illustrated books, many of them aimed at children and teenagers: but economics doesn't immediately suggest itself as a likely subject for that sort of treatment. Surprisingly, the illustrations are in the end the least important element here: but the book works well anyway.

The approach is historical,...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to economics from a surprising source, 7 Jun 2013
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Paul Bowes (Wales, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Dorling Kindersley made their name originally with heavily illustrated books, many of them aimed at children and teenagers: but economics doesn't immediately suggest itself as a likely subject for that sort of treatment. Surprisingly, the illustrations are in the end the least important element here: but the book works well anyway.

The approach is historical, biographical and thematic. As a result, the reader is drawn along the line of historical development of the subject, and can see how the central concepts came into being as clever men and women attempted to deal with real-world problems. Unusually, the focus is as much on the failures of economists as their successes, and on the controversies that dog the subject; and while this is hardly a radical tract, the authors never lose sight of the social and political dimension, which some textbooks finesse out of existence. Nothing is dumbed down, and the momentous events of the last few years are covered.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an insightful introduction to the subject. No maths is required, and yet a great deal of meaningful information is conveyed. Although no adult will feel patronised, 'The Economics Book' would be ideal to introduce an intelligent young non-economist to the world of economic thinking.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 8 Dec 2012
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This is, quite simply, an outstanding book.

Fascinating ideas are explained clearly and there are interesting biographies of a wide range of original thinkers.

As a teacher of Economics I have sampled lots of 'all encompassing' or 'introductory' Economics books which frequently offer unsatisfactory and rather dumbed down information.

The Economics Book, however, makes complex theories accessible - which is a rather different thing!

In my opinion this book is a must for every student, whether at GCSE, A-level or degree.

It is also ideal for the armchair enthusiast who may especially enjoy the chapters on Game Theory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Money Money Money, 23 May 2013
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Comprehensive and detailed analysis of economies and economists in 350 pages. A valuable book of use to serious students of economics and politics and future Deal or No Deal contestants who would be interested in the game theory ideas.

The main problem caused by this book and all articles on the subject is deciding who is right and who is wrong. The work sets out the various theories without being dogmatic. The balance of arguments supports mixed public and private sector economies. Socialism and totally free markets work neither economically nor politically.

The book falls short by not giving ready answers to the current financial problems faced by the United Kingdom and other countries, with scant mention of problems linked to the euro.

We have a 120 billion annual deficit problem and despite reading the book I have no idea how we might get out of it.

A detailed work, that needs reading several times before becoming fully appreciated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 28 May 2013
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This is a very useful and interesting text. Well written and well presented, key economics ideas and concepts are accessible for all who have an interest in the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Economics Book, 1 Feb 2014
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This is a well-written and informative book which serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of economics. It is a great supplement to the other books in the series, which we bought for our son's GCSE study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and well laid out - a really excellent reference book, 20 Jan 2014
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Presented in broadly chronological order, this is a terrifically readable encyclopedia-like introduction to a very wide range of ideas and concepts in economics, from the emergence of basic classical economic ideas right up to date including the credit crunch causes and the more recent research in behavioural economics. The style is simple and well laid out and crucially the book managed to neither over-estimate nor under-estimate the intelligence of the readers. It uses simple language but is never patronizing.

It certainly isn't a text book per se - and the mechanics of, say microeconomics, is missing but it is a terrifically useful introduction to the key ideas and you get a real sense of how thought progresses over time.

The only thing that I would change would be to add to the indexing. Each "article" or chapter is placed within a time period and then split into areas of "focus" - eg Growth and Development or Welfare Economics. It would have been helpful to have a page listing all chapters on Growth and Development in this example. But that's a minor quibble and each chapter does note where other areas of interest can be located in the book.

Each chapter puts the idea into "context" (focus, key thinker, thought before and after), had a clear flow diagram to explain the logic of the ideas and a solid introduction to the idea, often including a brief precis of the main economist and his/her works. It's beautifully laid out and really a very useful reference book.

Ideal for those with a casual interest as well as students. GCSE students and AS / A level students in particular will find really good stuff here, but undergraduates too will probably learn something and if nothing else it will direct them to the works that they should be reading. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Jun 2014
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Really useful book, perfect for A Level economics students and great reading too, accessible, straightforward and also fun. Recommended for students of Economics and business
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 20 April 2014
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I wanted to study economics at uni but before making my final decision i thought id read an engaging book that covers most of the topics briefly. I searched amazon and this book came up. I think it is good for captivating students and I decided to study economics at sheffield. Havent looked back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science simply explained....great for everyone!, 30 Oct 2013
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This series of books can be literally read by everyone interested on the world around him/her...basic concepts simply explained and put in the historical context of events....will definitely go for the philosophy and religion book as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Economics Book, 2 Sep 2013
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A comprehensive review of many aspects of economics. Very accessible language. It is a good guide to the basics for the non-economist.
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