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The Fatal Equilibrium Mass Market Paperback – 30 Jun 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (30 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345331583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345331588
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marshall Jevons is the pseudonym for the team of William Breit, Professor of Economics at Trinity University and Kenneth G. Elzinga, Professor of Economics at The University of Virginia. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Kate on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a mystery novel, this is cringingly awful. As a way to painlessly introduce some of the tenets of neoclassical economics, it's not bad, but it shouldn't be used uncritically. In particular, it places rather too much emphasis on the rational maximizer to actually be comfortable for an ethical economics teacher to use.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Economist fiction 17 July 2001
By Mike Rossander - Published on
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Fatal Equilibrium reminded me of early science fiction (written by scientists about scientists for an audience of other scientists). This book is definitely written by an economist about economists. If you're part of that clique, it's a great book.
Not everyone will consider it light reading, though. If you don't have at least one econ class somewhere in your background, some significant parts of the book (and the plot) will go over your head. There were sections that felt like they were cut-and-pasted right from the author's lecture notes. I kept hoping that the book would be more like Larry Niven's work - grounded in theory, but first and foremost, a gripping story with compelling characters. I'd rather absorb my knowledge along the way than be lectured to.
I enjoyed it and I'll read it again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2016
By DDG - Published on
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Great book at a great price
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First and best of a series 3 May 2000
By Annag Chandler - Published on
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Of the three books to date in this series, I find the first to be the most interesting and closely plotted. Be prepared for the insertion of economic analyses in the most unexpected places; but if you like your mysteries to be more mental and less bone-crunching, vulgarity-spewing mayhem, the Henry Spearman series is a set of entertaining reads for an evening or two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun mystery... 7 Jun. 2007
By Jeffrey Shek - Published on
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If Milton Friedman liked it then hey - gotta argue with him right? :)

This is a great book. Its interesting and provides a lot of thought behind it. At the same time, its not challenging in any way. Thankfully, the book is explained well, the concepts are explained even better. Even if you don't understand basic economics concepts (which you should), the book will explain to you quite well in a very fun context.

It will leave you a bit curious and wanting a bit more at the end, yet the writer has weaven a great story with an economics setting. A bit dark and gloomy at times though.

I do wish there was more mystery at the end, but the novel is a very short read. I believe the writer didn't want to neccesarily bore the readers with too much economics. If you like mysteries, read this book! It'll give you a little thought and a lot of fun.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery Novel w/ great apllication of economic concepts 25 May 2001
By Cristian Calderon - Published on
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Marshall Jevons collaborates both a great mystery novel while presenting economic applications that people face in the world. Henry's explanation on the ecnomics of love and romance can be seen as strange, interesting, but most of all, comical. I truly recommend this book for those who plan on taking economics in college or are interested in the field of study. My economics class at the University of Chicago read this book which many enjoyed. After completing the book, we were asked to analyze the economics this book contains at a "deeper" level. Humanities clashed with economics without causing any type of argument among literature and economics majors.
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