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Cartoon History of the Universe #03: The Cartoon History of the Universe: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissanceby Larry Gonick
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
An irreverent survey in comics spanning world history from the birth of Islam to the Byzantine Empire to the Italian Renaissance.
Nathan Hale, the authorand#8217;s historical namesake, was Americaand#8217;s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said and#147;I regret that I have but one life to give for my countryand#8221; before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Haleand#8217;s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present historyand#8217;s roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graphic novel format.
One Dead Spy tackles the story of Hale himself, who was an officer and spy for the American rebels during the Revolutionary War. Author Hale highlights the unusual, gruesome, and just plain unbelievable truth of historical Nathan Haleand#151;from his early unlucky days at Yale to his later unlucky days as an officerand#151;and America during the Revolutionary War.
Praise for Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy
"An innovative approach to history that will have young people reading with pleasure."
"Readers interested in American history will enjoy these graphic novels... Comic panels of varying sizes enhance the real-life events and support the storiesand#8217; over-the-top humor... the writing is accessible and entertaining; author Haleand#8217;s style gives readers an insider-y, you-are-there-type scoop."
and#160;The Donner Party expedition is one of the most notorious stories in all of American history. Itand#8217;s also a fascinating snapshot of the westward expansion of the United States, and the families and individuals who sacrificed so much to build new lives in a largely unknown landscape. From the preparation for the journey to each disastrous leg of the trip, this book shows the specific bad decisions that led to the partyand#8217;s predicament in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The graphic novel focuses on the struggles of the Reed family to tell the true story of the catastrophic journey.
This popular topic is a perfect addition to the Nathan Haleand#8217;s Hazardous Tales brand, and a great showcase for Haleand#8217;s storytelling skills.
Praise for Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party
"This informative graphic novel capitalizes on enticingly gross history to great effect, balancing raw facts with strong storytelling."
YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens List 2014
New York Public Libraryand#8217;s list: Childrenand#8217;s Books list: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2014
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