The book was exactly what I wanted... The broad but brief overview was great in refreshing my overall perspective of economic theory and made it easy for me to recognise which parts in particular I wanted to read into further with additional reading.
This series is great if you feel you should know more than you do about a certain subject, or just want to recap what you learnt at school/college. (Also useful for people with a short attention span!)
This is not a book for someone who wants to have an in depth knowledge of economics. It is a "dipper" for the person who knows very little. The descriptions of the topics are at a consistent introductory level. They are well hyper-linked between the themes and the people. I would never read it start to finish, but it sits on my Kindle and when I have a few moments - I dip in. Good for a quid, I wouldn't pay much more.
I find this sort of simple overview very helpful for the understanding of world affairs and the different economic theories that have shaped the world we are in today. it is quite shocking to realise how much is at stake for the whole of the global family in which we live when we are subject to some man's economic theory proposed without too much thought of the morality behind it
An excellent canter through economic theories. What I found particularly helpful are the frequent cross references to theories outlined elsewhere in the book. "30 seconds"? You would have to be a fast reader (or already well-versed in economics) to get through any one theory in less than 2 minutes.
These are a great series of books. I bought four different ones for xmas presents and they went down really well; would be good for either adults or older children who want a basic introduction to a subject. They are accessible and cover a lot of ground. If you feel pretty ignorant about a subject, this is a good way of getting a feel for the basic terms, concepts, etc. Having said that, one of my children is doing politics A-level (so should already know quite a bit about the subject) but has read the politics version and also thought it was great. They also look really nice and are well presented - so make good presents.