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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd mix, 28 April 2013
This review is from: Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics (Paperback)
A slightly odd mix of very basic stuff, with occasional dashes of more complicated economic theory, and a not much in between. Is this for the layman or for students of economics? I'm not sure, and it seems that the author isn't either. Also, it misses out big chunks of anything outside mainstream capitalism -- we touch on Marx only very briefly, mostly to say he was wrong.
That isn't to say that this is a poor guide to economics, just that I found it a bit of a mish-mash of simple and not-so-simple ideas, part basic guide and part explanation of the financial crisis, which has of course been covered in great detail by others. Part of the problem is due to the author updating an earlier work to cover the crisis, presumably without going through the whole thing again.
Also, in trying to spice up what the author appears to think might be a boring subject by giving it a food theme, we have to put up with increasingly irritating attempts at lunch-related puns. Not nauseatingly bad perhaps, but I don't think it adds anything, just gives it a dumbed-down feel. And would a serious economics book feel the need to tell us that Adam Smith was incredible ugly? Or that Marx didn't wash much?
I suppose there must be an increasing number of people who realize that economics affects our whole lives, as the crisis drags on, and they'd therefore like to know more about the subject. For anyone in this situation, this book should at least be helpful. Serious students should look elsewhere.
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