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Basic Economics, Fourth Edition Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“Clear and concise…Among economists of the past 30 years, [Sowell] stands very proud indeed.” (Wall Street Journal)

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    Sheila 07-24-12
    Sheila 07-24-12
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    "great education!This"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a basic textbook on economics, presenting complicated ideas in easy to understand and practical texts.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Columbia, SC, United States 07-20-12
    William Columbia, SC, United States 07-20-12
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    "Incredibly good book - every American should read!"
    What did you love best about Basic Economics, Fourth Edition?

    This book was was complete and thorough with theoretical statements, backed up with relevant examples. Economics was explained in a very simple way, but the profound importance of the concepts really hit home.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Basic Economics, Fourth Edition?

    Sowell repeated throughout the book that "Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses." This is so foundational and yet so easy to forget. his calm and objective statement of facts without value judgements is refreshing in a time when most information is presented with spin and conclusions as to what you should think as a result.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was very interesting but since it was over 20 hours, it was impossible to listen all at once. I will probably go back and listen again in the future, and have recommended this book to 3 people within a week of listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This simple and common sense explanation of how economic principles work and how incentives impact what people decide to do should be required reading for all Americans. It brings clarity to the underlying principles and let's you decide for yourself how the information should be applied to society. Just the facts...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HGC Orlando USA 06-15-12
    HGC Orlando USA 06-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous Book"

    Extremely informative. Enjoyed listening to all 18 hours of so of it!! Highly recommend it for those who want to truly understand economics at its most fundamental level.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Bellingham, WA, United States 12-04-11
    Matthew Bellingham, WA, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book"

    Who knew a book on economics would be so readable? I gave the book 5 stars because the material is so important. The reader is decent, but it's a book where it is a bit harder to judge the reader's talents...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim CARMEL, IN, United States 11-09-11
    Tim CARMEL, IN, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic Economics Primer"

    This book should be read (or listened to) by every high school senior in the United States, and anyone older who has not yet been exposed to the clear sanity of Thomas Sowell. The country would immediately shift to a more conservative stance, and our reliance on government would be reduced.
    Very well written, and read by the narrator, a must buy for any serious follower of politics.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Potsdam, NY, United States 07-10-12
    Robert Potsdam, NY, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Should be titled, "Greed is Good""

    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.

    If you feel that free market capitalism will cure cancer, then this book is for you. If you think economics is more than just optimizing production, look for something with more nuanced thinking.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 01-07-14
    Ruth 01-07-14
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    "Not "basics", more "defense of Capitalism""
    What disappointed you about Basic Economics, Fourth Edition?

    This book is billed as a basic introduction to economics, but is, in the end, a vehement defense of deregulated, privatized, capitalism. The book attempts to make the case, not that economics is a subject worth learning about, but that capitalism is the right way to think about it. The author posits that regulation is a drag on growth without mentioning that, for example, regulation is the only reason the air is breathable in New York City. He tries to convince readers that privatization is more efficient than public works without explaining that public funding has led to the vast majority of technological advances of the 20th and 21st centuries and that most private firms lay off workers, cut pay, raise prices (just look at the record of private companies operating water works for cities in Europe, 18% rise in price every two years on average).

    No, this is not a book about economics. It is a defense of capitalism with no grounding in reality.


    What could Thomas Sowell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Sowell ought to have addressed all kinds of economic proposals from social democracy to democratic planning (see Robin Hanhel and Michael Albert and Co.) to Capitalism, to Soviet central planning.

    As if with blinders to the real world of the 21st century, Sowell plays an outdated game of degrading the realities of central planning as a crutch to prop up the system that leaves millions homeless, without food, and in the U.S., without access to healthcare.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a defense of capitalist deregulation and privatization this is it. I would suggest reading something else if you are looking for "the basics of economics".

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 05-15-16
    Jake 05-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Politically Motivated"

    Author of this book is too politically biased to deliver objective lessons on basic economics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alyce Durham, NC, United States 08-15-15
    Alyce Durham, NC, United States 08-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fraught with logical fallacies"
    Would you try another book from Thomas Sowell and/or Tom Weiner?

    There were a couple of interesting ideas in this book. Sadly, the majority were either non-sequiturs or theories since disproved by several decades of data.

    I couldn't wait to finish and move on to Robert Shiller's free Yale educational series on Youtube.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Angry and disdainful.


    What character would you cut from Basic Economics, Fourth Edition?

    The author


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    Ladyface 09-27-14
    Ladyface 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "neoliberal malarky"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dick Cheney.


    What could Thomas Sowell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take his head out of his bum.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed that I wasted my time and money on this crap.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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