Book 3: Economics Explained

Economics Explained: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works and Where It's Going by Robert Heilbroner and Lester Thurow is my first fail book. I really wanted to like it, as it was recommended on a personal finance site. I got it from a library surplus sale. I've had two college courses in Economics 15+ years ago and expected some of the book to be refresher and the rest about history of economics and policy choices in the future.

It's possible that the book is about that, however I couldn't get past my first two attempts. It is written so dryly that I would have preferred just a college textbook. Quotes that aged like milk, like calling the use of computers "disturbing trends" - and that's in the newly written introduction from 1998. I read the introduction and chapter one, and skimmed chapter two, and wasn't enjoying myself nor was I learning anything, except new ways to sigh.

I flipped to page 145, about 2/3rds of the way in the book, to see if it gets better, and this page they start to talk about the demand curve and supply curve. Really? 2/3rds of the book you finally get to supply and demand expressed as a curve?

This book isn't for me. I wanted something more conversational. Not a wordy explanation from someone that likes both long sentences and has a thesaurus in their pocket at all times. I'll have to find a different book if I want to relearn economics.

Rating: 0/5


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