Synopses & Reviews
A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist.
Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does.
Enter Financial Times columnist and bestselling author Tim Harford. In this new book that demystifies macroeconomics, Harford strips away the spin, the hype, and the jargon to reveal the truth about how the worlds economy actually works. With the wit of a raconteur and the clear grasp of an expert, Harford explains whats really happening beyond todays headlines, why all of us should care, and what we can do about it to understand it better.
"In his follow-up to The Undercover Economist, Financial Times columnist Harford brings vigor and even humor to otherwise dry topics such as the difference between GDP and GDP per capita. Presented as a Socratic dialogue between Harford and the reader, with questions that can veer cutesy and answers that become arch, the reader is treated nonetheless to a thorough happily concise explanation of economic policies and issues. After discussing microeconomics and the Keynesian approach, which Harford openly supports, the last third of the book focuses on macroeconomics, an analysis that takes into account more outside influences. By Harford's own admission, the complex nature of culture and populations makes the outcome of any economic policy virtually impossible to forecast, which makes the book's title disappointingly inaccurate. The economist not only doesn't strike back, he doesn't strike at all. By presenting explanations of, but no opinions on, the efficacy of economic responses, Harford leaves it to readers to form their own conclusions as to why the microeconomic stimulus plan in the U.S. was neither more nor less effective than the more macroeconomic austerity measures in Europe. However, by remaining noncommittal and demystifying the topic, Harford brings clarity to what has often been comprehensible to only a select few. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The Undercover Economist
“This is a book to savor.”
—The New York Times
“Distinguishes itself from the pack . . . lively and insightful.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Harford is smart. Scary smart. So smart he can illuminate, in clear, entertaining English, ideas and forces of mind-boggling complexity.”
“The Undercover Economist is a rare specimen: a book on economics that will enthrall its readers. Beautifully written and argued, it brings the power of economics to life. This book should be required reading for every elected official, business leader, and university student.”
—Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics
"Every Tim Harford book is cause for celebration. He makes ‘the dismal science seem like an awful lot of fun.”
- Malcolm Gladwell
About the Author
Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life, and Adapt. He writes two columns for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, Parade, New York, and Wired. He lives with his family in Oxford.