I liked this book!
Great explanations !
Easy reading ! Thanks for this great book Thomas
A grand tour of economic insight.
I read the 2nd edition, in printed form. This 4th edition is a worthy successor. I'm delighted that it's available on Audible, with a fine performance by the reader.
yes, a lot of great info. learn a lot about how economic works and see how the government got it wrong and how it effect us.
The books discusses lots of basic economy principles and that is very well done and instructive, and does make you think about some things in new light. I felt that, while a liberal in social issues, I tended to be more conservative in economic terms and that has been strengthened with this book.
However, one of my motivations for reading it is to have a greater understanding of economy news such as the financial crisis and the Euro crisis, and I don't think I am closer to that than I was before reading this book. This is a problem I noticed with other introductory economy books; they dwell on the elegant abstract principles but don't help a whole lot in understanding the gritty details in real life.
Tom Weiner narration is great: elegant, without getting in the way of the content.
This book covered basic economic concepts very well, as well as giving background on some famous economists. I had taken macro and micro economics in college, but still learned new things from this book. I got a little bored towards the end on the topic of international economy and how other countries' economic policies can have a global effect. However, the size and depth of information from this book more than makes up for a few topics that I found dull.
Next time i get a call for a donation to a senator or president for re/election i would really like to just donate them this book. I think it clearly outlines what we know about economics in an easy to understand format.
If you need to understand economics for a class this is a great base to get started.
Thomas Sowell is one of my favorites. He has a way of using real world examples to make economics understandable to laymen - it's a shame our politicians don't get it.
Sowell's book is one of the most helpful books I have listened to in a long time.
He illustrates well the basic concepts and principles in economics and helps them become understandable to the average person interested in learning more about this subject.
I had downloaded several university courses in basics economics, but none were as helpful as Dr. Sowell's work and explanations.
The author does a great job in telling basic stories to explain complicated economic theory. He goes into great detail about how we arrived at the current economy that we function in today and ties it back to historical occurrences that have helped shape our world.
This book is very similar to many current, popular business titles in that the author has a collection of smaller, real situations that illustrate and reinforce the overall theme of the book.
I was indifferent on the narrator. I can read it clearly in 3X and that is what is important to me in a narrator's voice.
Not really, but I was always looking forward to the next story and how economics either impacted or were impacted by the decisions made.
Non technical, informative, reasonable.
I've read Economic Facts and Fallacies and the two are so similar that EF&F could probably be spliced into Basic Economics without much change is scope or tone.
The reader has a commanding and intelligent tone that compliments the book perfectly.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and there are good insights peppered in every chapter. But it wasn't the introduction to economics I hoped to read. Sowell typically suggests that the way to discover the function of something, say banking or prices, is to compare an economy like ours to a place where a government has restricted or abolished that thing. This is a valid way of learning, but it always feels polemical and charged.