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on 10 June 2008
To those interested in the art of economics but awed by the complexity and sheer size of Adam Smith's work (and the work of many other economists thereafter) the solution is at hand.

Eamon Butler's "The Best Book on the Market" is a very readable and succinct summary of the wonders of innovation and free markets and how they work when left to do their own devices.

This is a `Five Star Must Read' work for anyone interested in economics and especially for those who lack the time to read Adam Smith.
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on 26 May 2008
As an A level student studying Economics, I found this to be a fantastically quirky addendum to the humdrum textbooks forced onto me. Concise and to the point, it makes for some light bedtime reading and is packed full of anecdotes from a well-travelled scholar. One often forgets that before the legendary "Wealth of Nations", Adam Smith was most well known for "The Theory of Moral Sentiments" and Dr. Butler reminds us once again how economics is in fact an alive, moral art form.
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on 3 June 2008
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This book is definitely worth it. If your are a leading academic, student, or even a politician, you will gain from reading it. Furthermore, as a student myself, I found it entertaining, whilst still of great academic worth.
Highly recommended!
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on 2 May 2008
This is a brilliant book. Its ingenuinity lies in taking a set of complex economic arguments and simply explaining how their application transforms our everyday lives. Anecdotal, lucid ,comprehensible and witty, this is required reading... not for ideologues or theorists, but for absolutely everyone.
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on 11 June 2008
This new book is a delight. My son is thinking of studying economics for A Level so I leave it by his desk during the day in the hope he will get a proper feel for the subject through such an accessible and entertaining (and mercifully short) primer.
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on 2 May 2008
This is a fantastic read and an absolute must for all students of the humanities and those interested in current affairs.
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on 26 June 2008
Very readable without being simplistic. An excellent explanation of complex concepts. I recommend it highly.
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on 19 April 2008
This book is very easy to read. It's a non-technical introduction - it isn't a textbook with lots of graphs or equations or theoretical assumptions. But although it's an introduction, I didn't find it simplistic or at all patronising. It's very much rooted in the real world. Although it's a short book it covers lots of angles. It also reads well!
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on 19 June 2008
Dr Butler's book is brief, taught and engaging; a vivid, first person narrative that draws you in and whisks you through with brio. A handful of unlaboured anecdotes illustrate concepts that are explained in just a couple of simple sentences. As a result it covers a huge amount of ground deftly and quickly. It's brevity and finger depth are its great strengths as you are never drawn into any details or digressions that take the big picture out of focus. When you reach the end you feel you've had a complete overview despite the easy fast-paced read.

Give one to any students of your acquaintance and anyone you know in the BBC, CBI, civil service or local government.
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on 2 July 2008
A thoroughly digestible breeze through why markets are so effective, and what tends to hinder them working properly. The book gives examples and reasons for the positive power of markets very well. It also provides sound historical and logical reasons for the existence of problems in markets like powerful vested interest groups and ever-growing governments.

For a short read it has lots of thought-provoking examples, and it's peppered with entertaining asides to keep it moving along. It makes economics approachable and interesting, which is quite a feat.
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