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This review is from: The Truth About Markets: Their Genius, Their Limits, Their Follies (Hardcover)
There aren't that many books about economics written in 2003 that still read fine after the financial crisis - but this is certainly one. The only place where I think this book is a bit dated is in its references to China, which looms larger in our world view now that it does in this book.
This is the book on economics I wish I had read before taking my degree. It is a wonderful explanation of economics, and its successes and failures. It's very well written. It uses the device of trying to make sense of economics by comparing the lives of various (fictional?) characters from across the world - which is a very powerful.
I think he is a bit too harsh on the shareholder value revolution of the 1990s - which in at least part was the result of technoogical change and intense competition - and not just wanton destruction.
An immensely enjoyable and enlightening book, even 9 years after it was written.