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Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy | [Thomas Sowell]

Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.
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The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

Basic Economics, which has now been translated into six foreign languages, has grown so much that a large amount of material previously found in the back of the book has now been put online instead so that neither the book itself nor its price will have to expand. The central idea of Basic Economics, however, remains the same: The fundamental facts and principles of economics do not require jargon, graphs, or equations and can be learned in a relaxed and even enjoyable way.

©2011 Thomas Sowell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    I was looking for a basic text on economic theory that help me understand the "science." After listening to the first half of this book, I stopped when the author said there might be a role for the government regulating work place safety because if a tired engineer on a train fell asleep and caused it to crash, non-workers might be hurt.

    Far from being a text on economic theory, it's an unapologetic rant on free market capitalism. Collective bargaining hurts the economy, but it's OK for large companies to use their buying power to threaten suppliers.

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    I had high hopes for this book, but was badly disappointed. I was expecting an unbiased and interesting presentation of economic concepts; I got a partisan diatribe that drones on and one. Read some of the other less flattering reviews here; they're spot on.

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