The book started out great and was very informative on macro economics. It then spiraled into a justification for confiscatory taxes and the redsitribution of wealth in order to compensate for the unfairness of capitalism. This was woven through the subsequent CDs and I finally became disgusted and returned the CD. Not recommended.
Much of the book was entertaining and thought-provoking. That said, some parts were rather dull and I had to fast-forward through them to save my sanity. A must listen for people who are interested in economics.
I absolutely loved this book. I love the author's dry wit and his ability to get passed the numbers and straight to the heart of the matter. Sometimes stating the obvious brings you back with a jolt when you say to yourself, Of course! For example, often as a teacher I wondered why, if there truly is a shortage of teachers public schools aren't coughing up more bucks to lure more prospective employees. The answer was obvious but like the proverbial snake it hadn't yet bitten me, schools are a monolpoly employer. If you want to be a teacher you have to go to work in a school. DUH!!!!! OK done with being stupid. Still this book was so good that it managed to keep my father-in-law quiet for a whole hour as he listened to someone else opinion for a change. This would be a book hubby and I would consider buying!!!!!!!!
Tim Harford writes the "Dear Economist" column in the Financial Times Magazine, in which he draws upon the latest economic theories to provide tongue-in-cheek answers to readers' personal dilemmas. Formerly an economics editorial writer at the Financial Times, Harford has worked at the International
Finance Corporation, for a major oil company, and as an economics tutor at Oxford University. He lives in Washington DC.