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Clear and well laid out - a really excellent reference book,
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This review is from: The Economics Book (Hardcover)
Presented in broadly chronological order, this is a terrifically readable encyclopedia-like introduction to a very wide range of ideas and concepts in economics, from the emergence of basic classical economic ideas right up to date including the credit crunch causes and the more recent research in behavioural economics. The style is simple and well laid out and crucially the book managed to neither over-estimate nor under-estimate the intelligence of the readers. It uses simple language but is never patronizing.
It certainly isn't a text book per se - and the mechanics of, say microeconomics, is missing but it is a terrifically useful introduction to the key ideas and you get a real sense of how thought progresses over time.
The only thing that I would change would be to add to the indexing. Each "article" or chapter is placed within a time period and then split into areas of "focus" - eg Growth and Development or Welfare Economics. It would have been helpful to have a page listing all chapters on Growth and Development in this example. But that's a minor quibble and each chapter does note where other areas of interest can be located in the book.
Each chapter puts the idea into "context" (focus, key thinker, thought before and after), had a clear flow diagram to explain the logic of the ideas and a solid introduction to the idea, often including a brief precis of the main economist and his/her works. It's beautifully laid out and really a very useful reference book.
Ideal for those with a casual interest as well as students. GCSE students and AS / A level students in particular will find really good stuff here, but undergraduates too will probably learn something and if nothing else it will direct them to the works that they should be reading. Highly recommended.