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Stimulus: plans: good or bad? Jobs: can we afford them? Money: who's got it? Everybody's talking about the economy, but how can you evaluate what they're saying? How can we, the people, understand what the banks or government knows (or says they know)? Author Michael Goodwin asked himself the same questions and came up with a good answer: explore the development of economic thought, examine the reality of economic practice, add a wry sense of humour and tell all through the graphic medium. In a word, Economix. Goodwin's wit and clarity of writing along with artist Dan Burr's quirky, iconic art transform the "dismal science" of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what we've got ...and sometimes what our neighbors have got. Economix explains it all from the beginning of Western economic thought to markets, free or otherwise, to economic failures, successes and anomalies, to how our modern economy is grappling with war, climate change and resource limitations. The book's graphic format means complex ideas can be comprehensive and accessible.

BusinessEconomicsEconomic theory & philosophyFiction & PoetryGraphic NovelsGraphic novels: true stories & non-fiction Publisher: Abrams Publication Date: 01/09/2012 ISBN-13: 9780810988392  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Goodwin, a freelance writer and editor, has a degree in Chinese studies and lived for several years in both China and India, which broadened his view of the economy. Dan Burr illustrated the classic graphic novel, Kings in Disguise. He is also a noted children's book author and illustrator whose titles include Pirates and God Bless Your Way: a Christmas Journey.

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This book is excellent! It is fast-paced (but not too fast-paced) and offers some clear ideas on the history and current state of money - as well as some unexpected anecdotes: Adam Smith is usually seen as the poster boy of the Right. But he also considered that powerful businessmen tended to meet each other only in order to stifle competitors. Most people know that the US bailed out financial institutions in 2008, but then many institutions decided to hold onto the money which had been intended for wider distribution. What was news to me was that the same thing also happened - and repeatedly - over a hundred years ago in the US... The author does have a bias towards ideas usually associated with the Left (which he admits during the text). This reader isn't convinced that Friedman was as useless as the author suggests. And the author perhaps gives Obama more credit than he deserves for financial reforms. All the same, the book does present the main trends of economic history, in a gripping way. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting an entertaining insight into what's going on!

- 23/01/2013
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