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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554683742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554683741
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this book because I'd read one of the author's previous books, The Efficient Society, which I'd enjoyed. Had I not recognized the author's name I probably would have passed on it, because it sounded as though it might be a 300 page assault on capitalism. That would have been a mistake, because this is one of the best books on economics for the lay reader I've ever read. Whereas the subtitle suggests you might be in for a partisan polemic of some kind, what you get instead is a subtle, incisive and extremely balanced analysis of some key economic arguments. Heath's approach is to focus on fallacies commonly trotted out by those on both the left and the right of the political divide. The first half of the book sees the author standing firm on the ramparts of rationality, lacerating some of the beguiling, self-serving and false arguments frequently forwarded by right wingers who assert (roughly) that the market always knows best and that the rich and poor tend to deserve the stations in which they find themselves. But in the second half he turns the tables and lays into an equal number of fallacies from the bleeding heart half of modern society. At almost all stages, he offers clarity and insight. Even as someone who has done a lot of reading in this field, I found myself thinking about some new ideas, and about some old ideas in a new way. I say "almost" because I found the section on libertarianism a little too hurried for my liking; it could have benefited from a couple of extra pages.

Overall, this is not only an entertaining and illuminating field; it would possibly be the best all-round introduction for those who have read little about economics.
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This is without a doubt the best book on economics I've ever read. Joseph Heath brings and alternative perspective to the world of economics and dispells many of the falacies held on both the right and left, presenting a balanced view.
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Very, very good. A balanced and rational view of the many economic blunders both the right and the left seem hellbent on making. Of course, because it's a balanced and rational view, if you're passionate about politics you're probably going to hate at least half the book.
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