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A good introduction to economics from a surprising source
on 7 June 2013
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.