The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

How To Run-- Or Ruin-- An Economy

Book - 2014
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"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 world's economy actually works. With the wit of a raconteur and the clear grasp of an expert, Harford explains what's really happening beyond today's headlines, why all of us should care, and what we can do about it to understand it better. "--
"A lively and engaging exploration of macroeconomics that explains what's really happening to the world economy and what we can do about it - as consumers, voters, workers and human beings"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781594631405
Characteristics: xxiv, 245 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 30, 2017

Very nicely presented summary of key concepts, easy to follow in a Socratic dialogue format. However at the end it is strangely unsatisfying, having promised ideas on how to run an economy, it is all about the opposite. No magic bullets to be found.

Apr 05, 2016

An easy to read, clearly written book in an interview-type format. Each chapter has a theme, like inflation or unemployment, and the concepts and policy considerations are explained. No graphs or diagrams (and no formulas either).

Feb 15, 2014

This book is a complete farce! If someone who identifies themselves as an economist seeks to explain economics without explaining the actions of global finance and predatory capitalists, then nothing of consequence is communicated. To explain economics today, one would also explain how the markets are all rigged, and rigged to work off of one another in conjunction. One would also have to explain the WTO's Financial Services Agreement (especially the Fifth Protocol) to explain what took place in Greece, and years earlier when Zedillo of Mexico devalued the peso, and why the Mexican government recently attempted to extradite Zedillo, from Yale, back to Mexico.

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