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A Richer Life: How Economics Can Change the Way We Think and Feel Paperback – 7 May 2015

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241972728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241972724
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A brilliant critique (Robert Skidelsky, prize-winning biographer of John Maynard Keynes)

Impressive. Important, very thoughtful and thought-provoking (Ha-Joon Chang, author of '23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism')

A splendid denunciation of the dismal science [of economics]. . . A fine book, on the side of the angels (Guardian)

Very readable and entertaining. Roscoe bemoans the power of economics . . . using some intriguing examples to make his case (Independent)

Roscoe is right to remind us that the habit of seeing all our problems in economic terms has fatally narrowed the range of motives to which politicians appeal . . . that the relentless drive to attach a market price to everything is undermining the realm of human values. His most important conclusion is that we must confine the economists to the asylums - universities, for instance - where they can do no harm (Roger Scruton Prospect)

An engaging read, and a powerful description of the many ways we have lost our bearings as a society. A Richer Life makes the case that economics has left us impoverished as human beings (Sunday Times)

Roscoe makes a convincing case for the way economics has commodified and devalued aspects of our lives . . . exposing the flawed assumptions in the economic theories of some respected thinkers. He gives us a fresh and incisive critique of a doctrine still shaping our society (Observer)

Wide-ranging and readable. Roscoe makes many interesting points about how we judge governments by market standards . . . via an insightful account of some of the problems of mainstream economics. A very engaging, erudite and illuminating account (Times Higher Education)

It is true that we sometimes take economists too seriously, and that westerners may have lost something in their rush to replace community values with the individualistic ritual of market exchange. But Roscoe's more powerful argument is that we now approach sex and love in the way we might shop for a low-cost holiday on a price comparison website (Financial Times)

A Richer Life's vision of a future world where we are each governed by economics is quite alarming. Despite the gloom, Roscoe concludes that economic-thinking shouldn't be dumped. It just needs to leave behind the dispassionate science. (Scotsman)


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