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Excellent book - well written, good content,
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This review is from: The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--And Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! (Hardcover)This is an economics book that covers a lot of ground well, without resorting to mathematics or diagrams. It's probably intended for the interested, or at least curious reader. However, if you need convincing of the relevance of economics as a method for explaining "issues" it's not a bad place to start.
The author starts in a very informal manner, by describing some ways in which economics explains things going on all around the average person in the western world. Having drawn you in on the pricing strategy for a cup of coffee and the different prices charged by the same supermarket, it walks you through bigger and bigger issues all the way through through to free trade and the challenges facing developing economies.
There is an agenda that some will find difficult to accept - including the primacy of the market and how environmental and anti-globalisation can be ciphers for self interest, for example.
There are no new insights of economics as a discipline but the friendly self-deprecatory style provide an easy accessibility. I'd put the author up there with P J O'Rourke, Steven Levitt, and Paul Ormerod (the last being the most technical)
If you read the FT Magazine you will get a good idea of the author's style to help you decide whether to buy.