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Naked Economicsby Charles Wheelan
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Naked Economics makes up for all of those Econ 101 lectures you slept through (or avoided) in college, demystifying key concepts, laying bare the truths behind the numbers, and answering those questions you have always been too embarrassed to ask. For all the discussion of Alan Greenspan in the media, does anyone know what the Fed actually does? And what about those blackouts in California? Were they a conspiracy on the part of the power companies? Economics is life. There's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan's breezy tour, there's no reason to fear this highly relevant subject. With the commonsensical examples and brilliantly acerbic commentary we've come to associate with The Economist, Wheelan brings economics to life. Amazingly, he does so with nary a chart, graph, or mathematical equation in sight--certainly a feat to be witnessed firsthand. Economics is a crucial subject. There's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan's breezy tour, there's also no reason to fear it. "Explains our global economy in a way that is--gasp!--actually entertaining."--Book "Translates the arcane and often inscrutable jargon of the professional economist into language accessible to the inquiring but frustrated layman....Clear, concise, informative, [and] witty."--Chicago Tribune "Wheelan has an anti-Midas touch. If he touched gold he would turn it to life."--Burton G. Malkiel, from the foreword
Book News Annotation:
Wheelan, a correspondent for The Economist, brings economics to life for general readers by stripping away the jargon from the subject and adding humor, anecdotes, and examples from as far away as sub- Saharan Africa and as near as the backyard. Government and the economy, financial markets, and globalization are among the subjects discussed. Wheelan teaches at Northwestern University. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For readers taking Wheelan's breezy tour, there's no reason to fear this highly relevant subject. With the commonsensical examples and brilliantly acerbic commentary associated with "The Economist, " Wheelan brings economics to life.
'Explains our global economy in a way that is (gasp!) actually entertaining."Book Magazine
Finally! A book about economics that won't put you to sleep. In fact, you won't be able to put this one down.
Finally! A book about economics that won"t put you to sleep. In fact, you won"t be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it"s a necessary investment'"with a blessedly sure rate of return. Demystifying buzzwords, laying bare the truths behind oft-quoted numbers, and answering the questions you were always too embarrassed to ask, the breezy Naked Economicsgives readers the tools they need to engage with pleasure and confidence in the deeply relevant, notso dismal science.
This revised and updated edition adds commentary on hot topics, including the current economic crisis, globalization, the economics of information, the intersection of economics and politics, and the history'"and future'"of the Federal Reserve.
This resource explains the issues that go hand-in-hand with economics. Wheelan's breezy tour through the subject offers commonsensical examples and brilliantly acerbic commentary, bringing the topic of economics to life.
About the Author
Former correspondent for The Economist, current columnist for Yahoo!, and professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Charles Wheelan is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics and lives in Chicago with his family.
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