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Is 'a stonking good read' an illogical description?,
This review is from: The Logic of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of Everything (Paperback)
If I suggested that this was 'a stonking good read' you might think this is the wrong term to use. You would call a novel 'a page turner' and describe it as 'a stonking good read', but not a non-fiction book, let alone a book about economics. Yet, this is no ordinary economics book. Like his previous book 'The Undercover Economist' you don't need to be an economist to read it. Indeed, if there is a prerequisite, it to be interested in life rather than have a head for numbers.
Yes, there are other books that try to make economics interesting; the difference with this book is that the author doesn't try too hard. He uses economics to explore what is puzzling, sometimes irrational and bizarre - like racism, why your boss is overpaid (a personal favourite), and a subject that must have been chosen for the press releases, oral sex. Whilst still as wide ranging as his previous book, this one does not skip through so many economic theories and feels better for it. Having read it, I now have another way to think about those things that seem irrational and illogical, and that is not just limited to the examples in the book.
I would recommend it to anyone who read The Undercover Economist, but you don't need to have read that book, read the Financial Times, or have any previous knowledge in economics no matter how popular it is becoming. This book is easy to read, it doesn't patronise but it's interesting, because it has shares a joyful interest in life.