Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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The economy has never been so relevant to so many people as it is now, and it's vital that we understand how it affects our lives. 'There's no such thing as a free lunch' is the one phrase everyone has heard from economics - not even for bankers. But why not? What does economics tell us about the price of lunch - and everything else?

Free Lunch makes the economics pages of the newspaper intelligible and addresses the concerns that worry us all. It will enable you to understand - and challenge - the claims made by politicians Set out like a good lunch-time conversation, the book will guide you through the mysteries of the economy. Your guides will be some of the greatest names in the field, including Smith, Marx and Keynes. This clever and witty introduction to economics costs less than even the cheapest meal. It is essential reading in these times of economic uncertainty, and is far more satisfying than even the most gourmet banquet.

 

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Review: Free Lunch. Easily Digestible Economics

User Review  - William Orr - Goodreads

Pretty good intro to economic thinking, including easy economic history (or rather, history of economic thought). Mostly from a British standpoint, and just touches on the recent crisis, given the publication date. Read full review

Review: Free Lunch. Easily Digestible Economics

User Review  - Shivnarayan Dhuppar - Goodreads

One does not need a reason to read this. A great book, indeed! Read full review

Contents

1 Appetizer
1
2 Starters
6
3 Main course 1
23
4 Adam but no apple
42
5 Main course 2
52
6 Classical recipes
73
7 Cordon bleu business
86
8 Mulled Marx
116
10 Keynes gets cooking
156
11 Bread and money
172
12 Just desserts the Americans
195
13 Arguing over coffee
216
Bitesize glossary
251
Postprandial reading
271
Index
276
Copyright

9 Paying the bill
129

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About the author (2010)

David Smith is Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and the author of a number of books including The Dragon and the Elephant [9781861978202] and The Age of Instability [9781846683107].

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