How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures
Michael Goodwin and Others
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Stimulus plans: good or bad? Free markets: How free are they? Jobs: Can we afford them? Occupy Wall Street ... worldwide! Everybody's talking about the economy, but how can we, the people, understand what Wall Street or Washington knows--or say they know? Read Economix. With clear, witty writing and quirky, accessible art, this important and timely graphic novel transforms 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 and otherwise, to economic failures, successes, limitations, and future possibilities. It's the essential, accessible guide to understanding the economy and economic practices. A must-read for every citizen and every voter.
From Publishers Weekly
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Perfect for Lay People
This was a great experience reading this book on economics. There is a lot to it, however I found the cartoon caricatures of various economic theroies to be brilliant.
A very worthwhile read for those intereesetd in how the modern western economy came to be.
Impossible to put down!
You will not want to put this book down! I considered myself fairly knowledgeable about history and economics separately, but this book did so much to connect the two, in an entertaining and informative way, that I wanted to read it through in one sitting!
I've long felt that the comic book/graphic novel style is the best way to tell stories about history. From Larry Gonick's "A Cartoon History of the Universe" to the comic version of the 9/11 Commission Report, the comic format seems to do wonders to help audiences see the connections between different parts of history with one another, and with the present. But Goodwin and Barr add economics -- a truly "dismal" science -- to the mix, and make it not just interesting, but totally engaging.
This book should be required reading in middle school or high school. It's easily better than either the history or the economics education that most of our nation's students are getting, and fun reading to boot. Even those whose personal biases are challenged in this book will both learn things they may not have known, and reconsider their simplistic dogmas. This book presents, in black-and-white images, a topic that is never black-and-white!
Everyone should read this book. Entertaining yet thoughtful, I laughed out loud in spots and ended up feeling hopeful. Loved the entire experience.