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.
The content and accessibility of the facts presented.
Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" from a non-fiction standpoint and Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" as a fictional example of the policies which Thomas Sowell lays out.
I don't ever plan on listening to books all in one sitting since many of them would take continuous listening for quite some time. This one would have taken over 24 straight hours. I usually listen to books while running, hiking, skiing, swimming (swiMP3) or biking. Activities which I only usually do for a few hours at a time. I love being able to listen to/read a book this way. I get through many more books that I would otherwise be able to enjoy.
I highly recommend this book and think that every literate person in the world should read it. And if they aren't literate, they should learn how to read... so that they could read this book. I hate it when people are taken advantage of. This book shows you how politicians take advantage of the very people they're pretending to help. When they say they're going to pass a policy which will help an inner city or poor person (as an example), the policy they pass only serves to further enslave them or tax them even more.
Yes - Mr. Sowell seems to have a brilliant understanding and explanation about the subject.
Sounded very much like a good professor.
Not possible - too much information
Really needed to replay several passages for understanding but can't seem to reverse with my MP3 using your software. Why not??
This update seemed to really clear up some of the fuzzy edges of the prevoius version and Is worth a listen.
Yes, but not possible due to the length.
I would try another book by Thomas Sowell. This one is a good summary of basic economic concepts, that are explained well. The narration by Tom Weiner is excellent.
I would recommend Basic Economics to a friend that is looking for a book that explains the basic concepts of economics. It is easy to follow and Sowell makes the concepts easy to understand by using common sense examples.
Weiner brings the book to life. It started off slow, but Weiner kept me in it with his narration and authentic style.
Basic Economics was worth the 24 hours of listening time either as an introduction to economics or a tune up for someone who is in the real world having studied these concepts in college.
This book teaches you to think about the incentives created by certain economics decisions made by our governments, rather than the initial goals. Thomas Sowell gives us many examples in favor of free-market, price driven economic policy and Tom Weiner keeps the listener interested with a good pace.