The Economics version of the Dummies series is one of the best that I have read. Usually, I think that the series works well for things like software and less well for more general subjects where the bitty structure and characteristic Dummies contents like the "Part of Tens" as well as the humour tend to get in the way. Not so with the Economics book. While you can still "dip into" it, it also works well as an introductory text that can be read cover to cover. The humour is light enough to enliven the "dismal science" but not so daft as to become annoying. The result is a book that is perhaps more detailed and heavyweight than some might expect from a Dummies book - it's hard to accurately identify the level but I'd say that it is perhaps most suitably pitched to first year university level. Of course that depends on the course etc, but while it is certainly not too hard to follow for A level students or armchair economists, perhaps some of the graph and algebraic information, while well explained, might be more than is needed and may in fact put some off it.
Most introductory books tend to be stronger on macroeconomics - as it lends itself more to being interesting as a basic level - but this book also gives due weight to microeeconomics and spends much time on supply and demand curves and the implications of monopoly etc. Unless you are studying it, this might make it too dry for the casual reader who wants just to know a bit more about economics.
The authors have an ability to make complex, but logical ideas simple to understand. I'd definitely recommend this and it exceeded my expectations.
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