Mark York

Athens, TX United States
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  • Economics: Making sense of the Modern Economy

  • The Economist
  • By: Saguao Datta (editor)
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
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A radically revised new edition of this highly readable, popular guide aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to make sense of the modern economy and grasp how economic theory works in practice. It starts with the basics, and from the underlying theory it moves to the specifics of the world economy, including an analysis of the recent recession. The closing part puts the usefulness and the failings of economics under the spotlight, and looks at the innovative approaches being developed to address these failings.

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  • A smorgasbord of old Economist articles.

  • By Mark York on 07-21-14

A smorgasbord of old Economist articles.

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Reviewed: 07-21-14

What disappointed you about Economics: Making sense of the Modern Economy?

This is a collection of articles that had originally appeared on the pages of The Economist (a British financial magazine). The chapters in the book are edited versions of those articles and they do not blend well together. Yes, it's one of those make-a-book-out-of-a-magazine's-back-catalog efforts. In this case, the back catalog is at least 5 years old and woefully out of date.

Economic theories tend to go bad after a few years, and so to the theories put forward in this tome. On the plus side, the actual writing is structurally excellent.

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

The one saving grace about this audiobook is David Thorpe. There are times that I want to listen to a book not for it's content, but as background noise while I work. Mr. Thorpe is excellent in that role. He takes what is dry and boring in this book and reads it in almost a musical manor. Whether that is sufficient weight to overcome the book's shortcomings is debatable.

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