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Disappointing - A shallowly researched and opinionated presentation of one author's viewpoint,
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This review is from: The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters (Hardcover)
Don't be fooled by the fancy cover and inner sleeve reviews. This book is surprisingly disappointing.
It is difficult to read because of the author's style. She writes in an opinionated right-wing voice, in poorly structured repetitive chapters, cherry picking evidence to draw her preconceived conclusions and often making judgements with no evidence at all. For example, in chapter 2 she says:
"...there is an off-putting air of smugness in some of this recession-chic literature. Much of it is written by people who are themselves well off by any standard, and yet they obviously get great satisfaction from circumstances that mean many people are struggling to make ends meet. It's as if homespun is morally superior to something bought for money."
She intersperses her discussions with rather pointless photos, instead of well analysed charts as other authors in this area do, and comes across with the idea that her view and analysis is the "proper" one. There are big holes in most of the chapters - the arguments are oversimplified and biaised toward the author's opinion.
For a more balanced and scientifically informed discussion in this area I recommend Tim Jackson's book - "Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet"