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Foundations of Economic Prosperity | [The Great Courses, Daniel W. Drezner]

Foundations of Economic Prosperity

Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics.
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Publisher's Summary

Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.

In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics. Psychology, sociology, political science, and history also come into play. By taking this broad view, he leads you to fundamental insights about how the modern world works and an understanding of the functioning of the U.S., European, Chinese, and other major economies, as well as an appreciation for the special problems faced by underdeveloped nations.

These lectures introduce you to dozens of case histories that illustrate what works and doesn't work in the drive to increase economic growth. A superb storyteller, Professor Drezner reaches back to examples such as the policy called mercantilism that trapped European powers in growth-killing trade practices from the 16th to 18th centuries. And he anchors his analysis in the present with discussions of globalization, financial bubbles, and other economic phenomena in the news.As a start on your own road to greater prosperity, educate yourself with this unparalleled explanation of the foundations of economic prosperity.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

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    Jennifer LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States 11-18-13
    Jennifer LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Foundations of Economic Prosperity again? Why?

    I listened to Foundations of Economic Prosperity twice. Will listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Professor Drezner made economic prosperity understandable on three levels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    War is a major problem for national economic prosperity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Poor health is a major problem for individual economic prosperity.


    Any additional comments?

    Education is important for individuals in developed countries to increase economic prosperity.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Beck Little town in Idaho 01-09-15
    A. Beck Little town in Idaho 01-09-15
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    "Intriguing, enlightening, and engaging"

    I have been interested in economics since taking a beginner college course in it several years ago, and thought this book would be a good way to pass the time while I made a cross-country trip. My wife, however, initially said she'd "rather eat a horseshoe" than listen with me.

    After the first lecture, though, she was hooked and we had a lot of good discussions. Even for those advanced in the field of economics, this would be entertaining to pass the time, and for those looking to learn a bit more about it you won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Gutierrez 04-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Elegant analysis of economic prosperity"

    Thorough analysis and explanation of economic prosperity throughout the world from many different points of view. Excellent read. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Chadds Ford, PA, United States 10-11-13
    Walter Chadds Ford, PA, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Foundations of Economic Prosperity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very high


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The research and Data


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

    not quite
    We run a Bed and Breakfast and it was a great help when doing dishes and cleaning bathrooms


    Any additional comments?

    Should be a mandatory listen for all incoming Members of Congress and Gov't. Officials

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 06-17-15
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 06-17-15
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    I love the great courses!!!

    This has been a very interesting journey about the economies of the world, how they function and are interconnect. What makes them strong and what makes them weak. I found it very interesting that natural disasters and can have such long term effects and that the birth rate has a huge influence on the economy.

    Keep those great courses coming, this is number 27 for me.

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    Per 05-29-15
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    "Magnificent primer"

    As someone with an academic background but absolutely zero knowledge of economics, this was a very valuable primer on the subject. It has certainly altered my political views, consolidating some beliefs and replacing others.

    Very well performed by an esteemed lecturer.

    This course is highly recommended to people desiring an introduction to economics.

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    Very enjoyable journey through time and cultures that makes economics make more sense to me. Good speaker and nicely constructed sessions.

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    "Uninteresting, and unpleasant narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The topics are not that interesting, but what's more important is that Prof Drezner sounds like he's lecturing than narrating. I don't know how to describe it, but his tone is not harmonious to the ear. It's almost like yelling but calmly. I guess it's because my previous book was spoken softly and fluidly. This one, he makes each sentence sound like it's a major point. It's "loud" and out there.


    Has Foundations of Economic Prosperity turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like the topic.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Daniel W. Drezner?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I feel like I didn't learn anything from this book because all the points spoken were so general, nothing specific.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Prof Drezner should soften his tone. It made my listening experience very unpleasant and I noticed it from the start.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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