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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run--or Ruin--an Economy
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Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does. Enter Financial Times columnist and bestselling author Tim Harford. In this new book that demystifies macroeconomics, Harford strips away the spin, the hype, and the jargon to reveal the truth about how the world's economy actually works. With the wit of a raconteur and the clear grasp of an expert, Harford explains what's really happening beyond today's headlines, why all of us should care, and what we can do about it to understand it better.

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        In his follow-up to The Undercover Economist, Financial Times columnist Harford brings vigor and even humor to otherwise dry topics such as the difference between GDP and GDP per capita. Presented as a Socratic dialogue between Harford and the reader, with questions that can veer cutesy and answers that become arch, the reader is treated nonetheless to a thorough happily concise explanation of economic policies and issues. After discussing microeconomics and the Keynesian approach, which Harford openly supports, the last third of the book focuses on macroeconomics, an analysis that takes into account more outside influences. By Harford’s own admission, the complex nature of culture and populations makes the outcome of any economic policy virtually impossible to forecast, which makes the book’s title disappointingly inaccurate. The economist not only doesn’t strike back, he doesn’t strike at all. By presenting explanations of, but no opinions on, the efficacy of economic responses, Harford leaves it to readers to form their own conclusions as to why the microeconomic stimulus plan in the U.S. was neither more nor less effective than the more macroeconomic austerity measures in Europe. However, by remaining noncommittal and demystifying the topic, Harford brings clarity to what has often been comprehensible to only a select few. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency.

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        Harford provides an engaging exploration of macroeconomics that listeners will enjoy and learn from. His clear explanations, light-hearted attitude, and ability to make sense of the dense concepts and history of economics will come as a relief to listeners. The book is structured as a dialogue between Harford and an imaginary interlocutor, so this audio edition employs two narrators, one asking the questions and the other answering. Both narrators Stewart and Osborne turn in fine performances, with the former answering questions with a smooth delivery that will maintain listener interest. Stewart’s inflection and emphasis captures the nuances and tone of the prose and provides for an informative and entertaining listen. A Riverhead hardcover.

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