- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (16 January 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594631409
- ISBN-13: 978-1594631405
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy Hardcover – Import, 16 Jan 2014
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"Every Tim Harford book is cause for celebration. He makes ‘the dismal science’ seem like an awful lot of fun.”
– Malcolm Gladwell
“With fascinating examples and vivid explanations, Tim Harford succeeds in turning macroeconomics into a gripping read.”
—Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem
"Tim Harford is perhaps our very best popular economics writer, and with this book he turns his attention to inflation, unemployment, business cycles, and macroeconomics, with lucid clarity and compelling insight."
—Tyler Cowen, author of Create Your Own Economy and The Great Stagnation
"Tim Harford is a brave man to write a book about macroeconomics for the lay person; luckily, he is also a funny man...his perky style and chatty asides keep us grinning... [and he] has a knack for posing questions the average reader will have wondered about."
—Wall Street Journal
"Harford has a knack for writing about economic issues in a clear and gripping way."
“Harford brings vigor and even humor to otherwise dry topics…[and] clarity to what has often been comprehensible to only a select few.”
“Independent thinkers aspiring to a better understanding of the world economy and of possible fixes for the current downturn will delight in this crisp, readable, and knowledgeable explication and analysis of macroeconomic events and theoretical perspectives.”
“By the end of this book, you'll have learned so much that you'll be just as confused as the experts – and anything but bored.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“Tim Harford is perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world… what [he] has achieved with his new book is nothing less than the holy grail of popular economics. While retaining the accessible style of popular microeconomics, he has managed to explain, with clarity and good humour, the knottiest and most important problems facing the world’s biggest economies today.”
—The New Statesman
“With beguiling clarity and…effortlessly breezy style… Harford explains the subject with impressive clarity and wit.”
—The Times (London)
About the Author
Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life, and Adapt. He is a weekly columnist for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, Parade, New York, and Wired. Harford lives with his family in Oxford.
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Tim Harford tries to explain complicated economic situations and policies by using a novel question-answer format.
It's definitely good, you just need to understand the intricacies of an economy to really enjoy 'The Undercover Economist Strikes Back'.
Looking forward to catching up on the earlier works by Tim Harford
I read Tim Harford's Adapt and enjoyed reading it immensely. I am hoping that the book will exceed my expectations!
There are very few authors who do a great job in making even an arcane subject seem engrossing. Tim Harford is one among them. I found his Adapt to be not only entertaining but also insightful. Though I had heard about The Undercover Economist, the prequel covering 'Microeconomics', I could not read. But I plan to read it! In my view, the authors who dish out such blockbusters on hard topics have a distinct style. Each chapter in such books takes off from fascinating facts from different parts and times and take the readers on a joyride through the wonderful world. I could see this pattern in Tim Harford's Adapt, Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point and Outliers, Nicholas Taleb's Black Swan amongst others. In this book Tim Harford betters himself! He puts you on the driver's seat in the joyride! Go ahead and enjoy the drive!
The beauty of Tim Harford's book is such that I loved reading the introduction also, which I generally skip! Harford takes us the foundation of Macroeconomics by introducing the real 'Indiana Jones' of economics, Bill Phillips, the inventor of economics simulator MONIAC (Monetary National Income Analogue Computer). It is interesting to read the exploits of Bill Phillips as an engineer in the Empire Star ship, defending against the Japanese planes by improvising the mount of the machine gun and fending off the enemies for hours, The immersion heaters, concealed radio sets built while in Japan's PoW are some more examples of his ingenuity.
(To be continued.)
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