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Publisher's Summary

A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field.

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

Economic historian Niall Kishtainy organizes short, chronological chapters that center on big ideas and events. He recounts the contributions of key thinkers including Adam Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes, and others, while examining topics ranging from the invention of money and the rise of agrarianism to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality, and behavioral economics. The result is a uniquely enjoyable volume that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

©2017 Niall Kishtainy (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Philo
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 06-20-18

Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

The account of each great thinker's big ideas is told so the person of ordinary intelligence and curiosity can readily get it. The finer points are not here, but that is not the point. This is a very fine overview. There is a special skill to telling complex ideas with this clarity and pacing. The narrator, one of my favorites reciting history (such as Tom Holland's In the Shadow of the Sword), is a bit less of an optimal fit here, but quite fine.

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Required Reading

This should be required reading for any young person. A brilliant overview of the never-ending debate on Economics. This is a great platform for further, deeper study into the sweet science.

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Interesting but a dull narration

As a non-economics major, I find majority of the topics are interesting and want to explore them more in the future. But the narration is dull and poor even to the ears of a non English native speaker.

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  • Alex
  • 04-27-17

An excellent introduction to Economics!

This book is a brilliant introductory guide to the study of economics and economic theorists. Over 40 chapters it covers a different topic and the economist(s) that based their work on that topic. I think that this book is great for someone who wants to better understand the complex world around them, whilst also giving a good foundation to anyone who wants to study economics academically.

It was also very well narrated.

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  • Daren Knight
  • 07-23-17

The narrator ruined this

I couldn't see this audiobook through. Although I'm interested in the subject matter, the narrator ruined any enjoyment that could be had from learning. It's as though he's pitched his style of narrating a book on economics at an audience of 4 and 5 year olds!

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  • Nicholas Corkhill
  • 09-15-17

Very patronising narrator

Good content, awful narrator. Just get some naturalistic narrators guys. I don't need this posh grandpa style dude condescending his way through the entire book. Irritating. Maybe a woman?

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  • Chris
  • 04-03-18

brilliant

simply explained and artfully told. I can highly recommend this one to anyone with a thirst for knowledge