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Publisher's Summary

Forbes editor John Tamny uses entertaining stories from sports, movies, popular culture, and famous businesses to demonstrate the basic principles of economics. The Rolling Stones, the Dallas Cowboys, and Paris Hilton become examples of good and bad tax policy. The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, and The Sopranos reveal the downside of antitrust regulation while the Michigan Wolverines' 2007 loss to Appalachian State explains why regulations often fail to achieve their intended purposes. NBA star LeBron James' exploits on the basketball court illustrate free trade and comparative advantage while the cooking of chicken wings makes the case for a stable dollar.

Popular Economics is an everyman's guide to how money really works - a lesson politicians try (and fail) to grasp every day.

©2015 John Tamny (P)2015 Regnery Publishing

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amazing modern book on economics

Every millennial should read this book. ...entertaining, informative, revolutionary...a masterpiece at educating while trekking great stories.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Bravo

Concise, informative, accurate, and influential. A book I definitely recommend and a book I definitely will read again. He can change your opinion about trade deficits, inflation, gold, and how government impedes peace and prosperity by manipulating economics through monetary policy. Get ready to unlearn a lot of what you thought you knew if you happened to have been educated in a government school and have not been otherwise influenced by liberty minded thinkers. Well done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Clear and informative common sense

This book uses every day examples to explain Economics that anyone can understand. Great narration.

Highly recommend to anyone interested in understanding Economics.

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Will go down as a 'Great' book in economics.

John's logic is good and conclusion match the outcomes we see interference in markets and fee choice. He made clear how governments do not create wealth and compete with the private sector by applying taxes and soaking up credit that could be used to improve our life and standard of living.
My only criticism is for more data. But it's absence makes the book an easy read and easy to understand.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good stuff

Although I disagree with his idea that deficits don't matter, Tamny has some very good insights into economics.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good info

It was well done, simple and made sense. Great for those who are not as economical savvy and even those that are.

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Looking to understand economics? Look no further

Exceptionally well written with high quality insight to true economics. You're better off reading this book than taking a litany of college economics courses.

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I wish I could make our current gov't read this

Best book ever. Should be required reading in schools everywhere. Pity the Fed wouldn't understand it. LOL.

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the perfect economic 101 book

Pop culture references that are used as prime examples in explain ming basic economic methods. Everyone should read this book!

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libertarian drek

Basic book on how bad government is and if we just let the market do its thing, everything would be better off and all the world would be great. A bunch of nonsense that ignores all the inequality and external forces in the economomy like racism and sexism and stands up limited example of how great things turned out for some limited small group that is not large enough to be indicative of a whole.