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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read on a difficult subject
According to John Maynard Keynes "The master economist ... must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher-in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Words
The content of the book is great, as usual, for Tim Harford, but it is incredibly annoying that the Kindle version does not fit properly on a page and words are missing. They reappear if you change the font size, only for other to disappear on another page. Very frustrating indeed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Picture, 4 Oct. 2013
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Tim Hartford's book is an essential guide on how macroeconomics has changed over the years.
From Keynes to neoliberalism, it is all there. Hartford explains everything, and his explanation is a sympathetic one. He explains how we have reached, post the latest economic depression, where we are today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his other books, 17 Sept. 2013
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I think this is a very well-written book, but, even acknowledging that the subject is complex and that there are no easy answers,I would have welcomed a more decisive stand by the author on key issues, which I felt was a bit "on the one hand, .....On the other hand,......". It seems obvious Tim Harford is more at home in microeconomics than macroeconomics. Nevetheless, it is very fluent and covers a vast amount of ground well. PS I read the kindle edition which often had the bottom line of the page missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good easy read, 12 Sept. 2013
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The book covers things from sticky prices, money ilusion, efficency wages, poverty measurements as an absolute or in preportion to other incomes. The pros and cons of gdp and happeness indexes.

It is simple and straighforward to read much like the authors other books nothing ground breaking or new but in a nice easy to read style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent next step for the keen amateur economist, 4 May 2015
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For the intelligent amateur economist this is a great whirlwind tour of the key challenges and levers that governments have to run a modern economy. Fantastically well written with interesting anecdotes and examples of good and bad Government decisions a highly recommended.page turning read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A clear and entertaining analysis of the difference between micro ..., 3 Feb. 2015
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A clear and entertaining analysis of the difference between micro and macro economics and the ways in which we can use them to understand recent economic events. There are very few economists who have both the intelligence and the clarity of Tim Harford. His sense of humour helps a lot too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Confuse with the Microeconomics Title of a similar name., 23 Mar. 2015
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If you do not like graphs and equations but do want to understand the basics of macroeconomics then this book is a good starting point. Real life examples make what might seem like incomprehensible macroeconomic ideas easier to understand. I would recommend this for 'A' level students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book., 4 Jan. 2014
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It's a very complete book, that explain plenty of things related to Macroeconomics.

I'd recommend this book to all people who's interested in economics. Remember that you don't have to be an economist to understand this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The power of numbers, 8 Jan. 2014
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As usual, Tim Harford debunks a number of political myths in an entertaining way. Now make sure that I regularly listen to More or Less on Radip 4
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good on explaining macroeconomics concept, 14 May 2015
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Good on explaining macroeconomics concept. I would recommend this to anyone struggling to comprehend the economic environment we live in today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tim Hartford, 24 Jan. 2014
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Classic Tim Hartford - Mr Hartford has a way of explaining very complicated subjects in simple terms. Should be part of education in schools.
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