The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy (The Undercover Economist)

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy (The Undercover Economist)

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 wor A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the best...

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Title:The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy (The Undercover Economist)
Author:Tim Harford
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Genres:Economics
ISBN:1594631409
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy (The Undercover Economist) Reviews

  • Kressel Housman
    Mar 24, 2014

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

  • Dave Morris
    Dec 28, 2013

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

  • Sue
    Dec 15, 2016

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

  • Irina
    Jan 16, 2018

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

  • Jurij Fedorov
    May 08, 2016

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

  • Daniel Taylor
    Aug 26, 2013

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

  • GONZA
    Jun 06, 2014

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

  • Ben Gartland
    Mar 09, 2018

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

  • Matt Kelly
    Oct 05, 2013

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

  • D.L. Morrese
    Dec 11, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

  • Edmole
    Mar 24, 2014

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

  • Aparna
    May 18, 2016

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

  • Caroline
    Nov 25, 2015

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

  • ☘Misericordia☘  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Feb 04, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

  • Josh Friedlander
    Mar 04, 2015

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

  • Rob
    Dec 12, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

  • Joshua
    May 23, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

    I love pretty much everything Tim Harford does, and here he takes on the unenviable task of explaining macro-economics in an understandable and entertaining way. I feel like he mostly succeeds, though I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Undercover Economist. The whole book is writ...

    I love these "popular economics" books. They take me back to my days when I was majoring in Econ as an undergrad - but without the need to cram for tests. Tim Harford does a great job of explaining complex concepts clearly - without the math or models. I rated this book 4 stars bec...

  • Leigh
    Feb 25, 2018

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

    I love pretty much everything Tim Harford does, and here he takes on the unenviable task of explaining macro-economics in an understandable and entertaining way. I feel like he mostly succeeds, though I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Undercover Economist. The whole book is writ...

    I love these "popular economics" books. They take me back to my days when I was majoring in Econ as an undergrad - but without the need to cram for tests. Tim Harford does a great job of explaining complex concepts clearly - without the math or models. I rated this book 4 stars bec...

    Written by an economist itself... The book about macroeconomics. While reading, one will come through various views on economy globally and nationally. It takes time (ya... hell lot of) to digest what author wants to convey. But again its not because of the way Tom Harford wrote it. I ...

    A really good book that can explain macroeconomics. I took a macroeconomics class in college and I think I learned more from this book than I did the class that which probably cost about $1000 back when I took it. So do yourself a favor, buy or borrow this book and save yourself almost...

    Economics is not my forte, and yet I often find myself reading on the subject. Tim Harford is one of those authors who makes it easy for a layman such as myself to explore and understand (to an extent) his area of expertise. The question and answer format of this book provides a good g...

    Every once in a while I like reading a book whose subject is quite unfamiliar to me: I'm sure many people who have studied economics would find this introduction to macroeconomics full of terms and concepts they already know, but the pace worked well for me. ...

  • Dennis Mitton
    Feb 24, 2014

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

  • Henna Pääkkönen
    Jan 03, 2015

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

  • Kit
    May 09, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

    I love pretty much everything Tim Harford does, and here he takes on the unenviable task of explaining macro-economics in an understandable and entertaining way. I feel like he mostly succeeds, though I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Undercover Economist. The whole book is writ...

    I love these "popular economics" books. They take me back to my days when I was majoring in Econ as an undergrad - but without the need to cram for tests. Tim Harford does a great job of explaining complex concepts clearly - without the math or models. I rated this book 4 stars bec...

    Written by an economist itself... The book about macroeconomics. While reading, one will come through various views on economy globally and nationally. It takes time (ya... hell lot of) to digest what author wants to convey. But again its not because of the way Tom Harford wrote it. I ...

    A really good book that can explain macroeconomics. I took a macroeconomics class in college and I think I learned more from this book than I did the class that which probably cost about $1000 back when I took it. So do yourself a favor, buy or borrow this book and save yourself almost...

    Economics is not my forte, and yet I often find myself reading on the subject. Tim Harford is one of those authors who makes it easy for a layman such as myself to explore and understand (to an extent) his area of expertise. The question and answer format of this book provides a good g...

  • Michael Lockwood
    Jan 18, 2014

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

  • Todd
    Nov 24, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

    I love pretty much everything Tim Harford does, and here he takes on the unenviable task of explaining macro-economics in an understandable and entertaining way. I feel like he mostly succeeds, though I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Undercover Economist. The whole book is writ...

    I love these "popular economics" books. They take me back to my days when I was majoring in Econ as an undergrad - but without the need to cram for tests. Tim Harford does a great job of explaining complex concepts clearly - without the math or models. I rated this book 4 stars bec...

    Written by an economist itself... The book about macroeconomics. While reading, one will come through various views on economy globally and nationally. It takes time (ya... hell lot of) to digest what author wants to convey. But again its not because of the way Tom Harford wrote it. I ...

    A really good book that can explain macroeconomics. I took a macroeconomics class in college and I think I learned more from this book than I did the class that which probably cost about $1000 back when I took it. So do yourself a favor, buy or borrow this book and save yourself almost...

  • Filip Ligmajer
    Jan 08, 2018

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

  • Yagnik Kalariya
    Mar 23, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

    I love pretty much everything Tim Harford does, and here he takes on the unenviable task of explaining macro-economics in an understandable and entertaining way. I feel like he mostly succeeds, though I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Undercover Economist. The whole book is writ...

    I love these "popular economics" books. They take me back to my days when I was majoring in Econ as an undergrad - but without the need to cram for tests. Tim Harford does a great job of explaining complex concepts clearly - without the math or models. I rated this book 4 stars bec...

    Written by an economist itself... The book about macroeconomics. While reading, one will come through various views on economy globally and nationally. It takes time (ya... hell lot of) to digest what author wants to convey. But again its not because of the way Tom Harford wrote it. I ...

  • Jalal Almarhoon
    Feb 04, 2018

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

  • Teresa Fung
    Dec 25, 2014

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

  • Matt Grounds
    Sep 04, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

    ?? ????? ??????? (????? ??? ?? ??????) ?? ???????? ????? (Macroeconomics) ???? ????????. ????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ??????? ???????? ???????... ???? ?????? ??????...

    I love pretty much everything Tim Harford does, and here he takes on the unenviable task of explaining macro-economics in an understandable and entertaining way. I feel like he mostly succeeds, though I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Undercover Economist. The whole book is writ...

  • Katharine
    Nov 05, 2017

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is about macroeconomics aimed for the average person...an easy to understand overview of the study of the economy of taken as a whole. This description may make it seem like boring difficult read, but text brims with Tim Harford's wit and skill at ...

    This was a good intro to macroeconomics but way, way less fun or interesting than the original Undercover Economist book, and for me, the takeaway was that macroeconomics is basically theology for people who are uncomfortable with the idea of God but nevertheless need something big and...

  • Usman Haroon
    Jan 12, 2018

    . I approached this book with some trepidation. It's book about macroeconomics - the large scale economics of concern to countries and governments. Plus it is written by an economist working for the Financial Times, which in itself is not an easy read. It seemed likely to be way ove...

    Q: (I think we can all agree that a bunch of lawyers on Capitol Hill are capable of mismanaging anything, and if babysitting is all that suffers, we can count ourselves lucky.) (c) ...

    I?m a fan of Tim Harford a/k/a ?the Undercover Economist.? He?s an academic who has thrown his hat into the pop economics genre, but while he does use a conversational tone and give real life examples, he doesn?t dumb the concepts down. Unfortunately, that means that I don?...

    Not nearly as flat out interesting as The Undercover Economist, more of an interesting (fake) conversation about how the big tectonic plates of economies shift. Although, in offering a guide to improving the economy I found it disappointingly heterodox and vanilla, in that there was no...

    Perfectly balanced guide to understanding the world's economic shambles (includes up-to-date insights on Bitcoin and the Euro crisis) pitched at amateurs but still covering a lot of the essentials. I learned a lot and it never felt like homework. The jokes are awful; Harford is an unap...

    In his latest Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford puts you ? the reader ? in charge of an economy and shows you how to make it work. Harford is a microeconomist, meaning he looks at the impact of individuals and firms on an economy. This time round he tackles macroeconomics, ...

    page 5 | location 70-72 | Added on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:51:44 the Great Depression profoundly revolutionized economics?how could it be otherwise? Economists asked themselves what was happening, and why, and whether anything could be done. They took new measurements, formulat...

    I really enjoyed the conversational style for this. very entertaining but also informative book on macroeconomics. ...

    A fun, breezy read that I'd recommend for right before bed (or some other time you need a tiny bit of intellectual stimulation, but not too much). I could have done without the Q-and-A style, but the ideas in this are solid and thought-provoking. I also found myself disagreeing with a ...

    I?m pretty sure I didn?t absorb everything in this book, and it will demand a revisit. Harford is a splendid interpreter of economics, and he does his best to make the subject real-world understandable, but because so much macroeconomics was new to me, I?ll be back. I learned a l...

    It?s odd in economic writing but Hartford makes a genuine attempt to understand and explain economics based on numbers without political bias. In a sea of books purporting to explain why the other guy is wrong and the writer is correct it?s nice, I think, to find an accessible writ...

    Yet another low level macroeconomics book. And it does explain how economists explain and define the basic principles of economics. A good start for people wanting to get into a discussion on the subject. Pro: Very simple book. The language is clear and most examples are clearly ex...

    I have to admit that, unfortunately, I didn' like this book as much as the first, nor did I find it likewise interesting. I found it all too theoretical and impractical, except for the example of the nanny clearly, because it concerns us, but it is as if, in the wave of the success of ...

    This was the first book i read by Tim Harford, a columnist of the FT. I saw this at an airport and thought id give it a try since it talks about macroeconomics, a subject i love, and studied at uni. I found the writer humouristic, and i guess he was targeting a reader who had no backgr...

    Full disclosure: Tim Harford is a very good friend of mine. And yet I think I can objectively explain why you might like this book. A basis of our friendship is that we are both curious, discursively argumentative, enthusiastic Gedankenexperiment types. One of the things I look forward...

    It definitely is not as good as the first undercover economist. The dialogue between a supposed reader and the writer was just silly and the concepts explored and explained were difficult to understand even for someone who had studied first year uni of economics and years of business. ...

    Absolutely Brilliant. To begin with Tim used a very simple situation and built the whole idea using that as a seed. If only economics could be taught in colleges like this, I probably would've paid much more attention to the lectures. Must read for anyone interested in business. In fac...

    Ok, so while this was a really good book the structure of the book wasn't great. The question form of each new idea was just plain annoying. In saying that, the content was great, I think he presented both sides of the argument pretty well, even though he pushed his point of view most ...

    Okay, so there are few books by Tim Harford I have yet to read. By stealth and diligent construction, he has made me become a fan. His is a personable, chatty style, even when entering murky waters and even when bravely deciding not to dumb down his economics. Which makes him a suitabl...

    I'll admit to being generous rating this five stars, but it's a rare delight to find a book on economics to be so engaging. There is even a call out to Terry Pratchett and a couple of quotes by Douglas Adams, two of my favorite (sort of) philosophers. It's written as a kind of Platonic...

    A good book for the average reader who hasn't studied economics at a basic level. It familiarises you with the basic concepts in an interactive way. However, as someone who's studied economics at some level, I'm not entirely sure what I learned or gained from this, apart from a few...