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A good explanation of a "foreign language", but...
on October 13, 2002
First, I'd like to say that this book MOSTLY does what author Wheelan set out to do -- to make the science of economics understandable and exciting to the average person without an advanced math degree. Wheelan does that, for the most part. He uses real-world (and recent) examples to illustrate economic principles. The first third of the book, I could not put it down.
The only thing really that bothered me (and it is throughout the book, so I had to ding it two stars) is that the author mixes political views of people and issues that I think have no business being in an economics book. For example, he mentions having caddied on the golf course, notably for George W. Bush, "before he became the mature leader he is today." I don't begrudge him his right to his opinion, but where does that comment belong in a book explaining economics? There are a number of people who question the maturity level of Bill Clinton, but I would not put that in an economics book! You would I think if Wheelan would have tried a little harder to be evenhanded -- certainly there are things to criticize on each side, but can we please leave the personal attacks out of it? -- I would have enjoyed the book more.
Still, the book is good at explaining something I have always regarded as a foreign language.