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How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes Hardcover – May 3 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st Edition edition (May 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047052670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470526705
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you feel you want to get a decent grasp of free-market economics this book is the perfect place to start. (Daniel Hannan, Telegraph.co.uk/Blog, July 2010).

Using illustration, humour and storytelling, the authors take economics off its lofty shelf and place it back on the kitchen table (TheStar.com, September 2010).

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EveR WONDER . . .

  • Why governments can spend without ever seeming to run out of money?
  • Why some countries are rich while others are poor?
  • Whether spending or saving is the best cure for a bad economy?
  • Where inflation comes from?
  • Why it's so hard to catch a fish with your bare hands?

How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

Understanding how all the pieces of an economy fit together can be a daunting task—especially when the experts can't seem to do it. But when you get down to the basics, it is much easier than you may think. How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes uses illustrations, humor, and accessible storytelling to take economics off its lofty shelf and put it back on the kitchen table where it belongs.

This straightforward story of fish, nets, saving, and lending exposes the gaping holes that lie hidden in our global economic conversation. With wit and humor, the Schiffs explain the roots of economic growth, the importance of trade, savings, and risk, the source of inflation, the effects of interest rates and government stimulus, the destructive nature of consumer credit, and many other economic principles that are so frequently discussed and so poorly understood.

The story may appear simple on the surface but it will leave you with a powerful understanding of How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes.

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This is my first book/product review. I normally don't, but this book is just so great that I feel the need to review it. Not only is it an outstanding introduction to - or review of - basic economics, but it also serves as an example of how non-fiction should be written: in plain language, concisely, and with a healthy dose of humour. It effectively filters out the complexities of advanced economics, which overwhelm most people and turn them away from learning anything about economics, to focus on only the basics. Even better is that liberals and conservatives alike will likely not realize that this book is actually knocking both their ideals, at least not until they read the "reality checks" at the end of each chapter.

I understand your skepticism of me: with such a positive review, it's quite likely that I profit at least to some extent from this book's sales. This should ease your mind: it's super-easy to find this book for free online. If everyone, and specifically every politician, read this book, then the world would be a better place. And that's not expecting much: a 10-year-old could probably read this in four hours.
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To say the least, this is a really great book. By simply using a story about a couple of guys on an island trying to catch fish, the Schiff family has managed to explain the complexities of economics with an incredibly simplistic metaphor. The great part about this book is the pacing of the education. It starts out slow, describing the basics, and gradually grows more complex as the reader begins to indulge on this knowledge. The small pieces of "reality check" and end of the chapter commentary help decipher the metaphor in a modern light.

Plus, the illustrations are just hilarious to keep your attention away from what should be a dull subject.

If there is only one thing I have to complain about the book, is it feels too short and can be read in a few hours. While knowledge is a good thing, I'm not sure if the 20 dollar price tag justifies such a short-term read. But despite this, it is a book that everyone should have even if they don't plan on becoming an economic expert.
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If you are like me and you were never taught anything growing up in our educational system and you had to learn everything on your own, this book is perfect by simplifying a subject that most writers tend to make so complicated, Economics. I think the author, Peter Shiff, is awesome and I respect his no holds barred attitude with regards to what some of the Polititians are doing to help ruin our economies. If you enjoy reading bedtime stories to your kids, than pick up this one. It is easy to follow for everyone at any age. There are illustrations on every page and the chapters are short. Teach your kids to get interested in our world economy so they wont be taken advantage of.
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Peter Schiff changed my life! A few years ago, I discovered him on youtube, and ever since I have been learning and spreading the message about freedom and protecting your wealth from inflation. Now that my nephew is old enough, I jumped at the chance to buy him this book. My nephew is obsessed with gold and I think Mr. Schiff will be a beacon of light, hope and trust for him going forward! I wish more Austrian Economists would write children books, but then I couldn't afford them all. :)
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This book is a great introduction to understanding basic economics as long as one can put aside the neoclassical views that are touted throughout the book. While it provides an excellent base to understanding currency and trade, it falls back on outdated understandings of social support and welfare. I often recommend this book to university students with a caveat to question the norms presented.
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Most of us are not aware of the basic forces at work in the economy ~ this insightful and humourous book presents a revealing perspective on our current economy - how it grew historically and why it is at such risk today. Told in the simplified style of an allegory of U.S. economic history beginning with 3 men on an island, Peter Schiff explains how the market grew and the morally corrupt role that government plays in undermining it. Brilliant, easy to read, powerful information, delivered in a way that everyone can understand and relate to. Highly recommended!
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Great book. I felt like I understood economics better after reading this book compared to what I learned in my business degree. I think it's important that anyone who has an interest in the economic situations the world is in should read this ASAP and probably a few times. One of the best I've read this year
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