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Synopses & Reviews
New York Times bestseller
Stimulus plans: good or bad? Free markets: How free are they? Jobs: Can we afford them? Occupy Wall Street . . . worldwide!
Everybodyandrsquo;s talking about the economy, but how can we, the people, understand what Wall Street or Washington knowsandmdash;or say they know? Read Economix.
With clear, witty writing and quirky, accessible art, this important and timely graphic novel transforms andldquo;the dismal scienceandrdquo; of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what weandrsquo;ve got . . . and sometimes what our neighbors have got. Economix explains it all, from the beginning of Western economic thought, to markets free and otherwise, to economic failures, successes, limitations, and future possibilities. Itandrsquo;s the essential, accessible guide to understanding the economy and economic practices. A must-read for every citizen and every voter.
PRAISE FOR ECONOMIX
andldquo;Goodwin brilliantly contextualizes economic theories with historical narrative, while Burrandrsquo;s simple but elegant illustration employs classical techniques like caricaturing politicians and symbolizing big businesses (as a gleeful factory) to help the reader visualize difficult concepts.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andldquo;[Economix] brings a lively visual sensibility to this intensely abstruse subject matter without condescending to the reader or dumbing the ideas down.andrdquo; andmdash;MotherJones.com
andldquo;Flat-out awesome!andrdquo; andmdash;Wired.com
andldquo;This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issuesandmdash;in this case, economics, history and financeandmdash;and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals.andrdquo; andmdash;Miami Herald
andldquo;After reading Economix I felt like I understood many fundamental aspects about the way the world works that I had been too lazy to learn about before . . . Economix is a book Iandrsquo;m going to buy and give to people.andrdquo; andmdash;Boing Boing
andldquo;Having never taken economics in college, I find the world of high finance needlessly complicated and confusing. Thankfully Michael Goodwin saw the need for a basic primary on how the economy currently works and how we got here. A text like this would certainly help high school and college students gain their first taste of financial literacy and it comes recommended for the rest of us.andrdquo; andmdash;ComicMix.com
andldquo;Just when the world seems to have fallen apart thanks to the economy, Goodwin and Burrandrsquo;s Economix comes along to give us some understanding of the immense, yet still andlsquo;delicate machineandrsquo; that controls our world so that we can be the rulers with our votes and not the uninformed (or disinformed) ruled.andrdquo; andmdash;BigThink.com
andldquo;Michael Goodwin hasnandrsquo;t just written a great graphic novelandmdash;heandrsquo;s written one that should be required for every school, newsroom and library in the United States.andrdquo; andmdash;Minneapolis Star Tribune
andldquo;Itandrsquo;s simply phenomenal. You could read ten books on the subject and not glean as much information.andrdquo;
andmdash; David Bach founder of FinishRich Media; author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire
andldquo;Goodwin has done the seemingly impossibleandmdash;he has made economics comprehensible and funny.andrdquo;
andmdash; Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
andldquo;An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information! What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject!andrdquo;
andmdash; John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
andldquo;Smart, insightful, clear, and as close to the truth as economics can get. The bonus: Who would have guessed that economics could be fun, andandmdash;hereand#39;s the joyandmdash;really accessible? Goodwin roots us in history and fills us with common sense understanding. As he puts it early on, economics seems horribly complicated mostly because weand#39;re looking at it all at once. Broken down into its component pieces, itand#39;s relatively easy to understand. And a good understanding of economics is critical to maneuvering in the world today. If I were compiling a list of the 100 most important books you can read in a lifetime, this would be on it.andrdquo;
andmdash;Stephen Petranek, editor-in-chief, Weider History magazines, former editor-in-chief of Discover magazine
andldquo;Through a potent mix of comics and punchy, concise, accessible prose, Goodwin takes us on a provocative, exhaustively researched, and exceedingly engaging trip through our history and present day, creating an alternately hilarious and scary picture of where we are today as an economyandmdash; and what it all means. More than that, Goodwin makes the arcane, understandable. If your mind either spins or slumbers at the thought of economics, read Goodwinand#39;s Economix and all will become clear.
andmdash;Nomi Prins, author of It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions
andldquo;Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems. Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview.andrdquo;
andmdash;Timothy W. Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University
"Gladstone, cohost of NPR's On the Media, and noted illustrator Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge) make a formidable pair in this fascinating history of media's influence. Gladstone is both narrator and visual tour guide, popping up throughout Neufeld's panels as both her contemporary self and wittily camouflaged alongside historical figures. From the 'Acta Diurna' posted in ancient Rome to the outcries over President Adams's Alien and Sedition Acts and McCarthy's Red Scare, Gladstone traces not only the birth of the press but also its various muzzles. The press will not always stay silent, as she illustrates with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and Woodward and Bernstein's uncovering of the Watergate scandal. Yet government opacity still abounds, and Gladstone pointedly wonders if secrecy really makes us safer. One of the most intriguing sections deals with bias, a term tossed around so often it's become almost meaningless. Gladstone points to seven key biases that cognizant media consumers should worry about: commercial, bad news, status quo, access, visual, narrative, and fairness. These dovetail nicely into a frank discussion of war journalism, which highlights Neufeld's considerable skills, with each panel bursting with situational details. Gladstone's is an indispensible guide to our ever-evolving media landscape that's brought vividly to life. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and its discontents.
Nearly one million weekly listeners trust NPR's Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the distortions and complexities of the modern media. This brilliant radio personality now bursts onto the page as an illustrated character in vivid comics drawn by acclaimed artist Josh Neufeld. The cartoon of Brooke conducts the reader through two millennia of history-from the newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism. Gladstone's manifesto debunks the notion that "The Media" is an external force, outside of our control, since we've begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read. With fascinating digressions, sobering anecdotes, and brave analytical wit, The Influencing Machine equips us to be smart, savvy, informed consumers and shapers of the media. It shows that we have met the media and it is us. So now what?
About the Author
Brooke Gladstone is cohost of NPR's On the Media and former senior editor of All Things Considered. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Josh Neufeld is the author of the New York Times bestseller A. D.: New Orleans After the Deluge and A Few Perfect Hours. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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