Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More than Just Numbers

ec·o·nom·ics: a simple twist on normalcy by Kersten L. Kelly

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Professional football players, corporate tobacco advertisers, volatile gasoline prices, and the Cold War all share an undetected commonality-each is an intrinsic part of economics. Though not obvious to the naked eye, each entity shares a pattern with the others. This book helps to shed light on these mutual characteristics. It is an extensive compilation of theories interpreted using supportive examples. Economics is an enthralling science that encompasses our actions, thoughts, and emotional rationality every day in the unconscious. This book dissects economic theory into bite-size, entertaining snippets that anyone can understand and apply to their routines. It is a compelling depiction of history, pop culture, and social movements intertwined with relevant economic trends. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.

Review: An informative book about the basics of economy.

For me at least, economics isn't the most exciting subject to read about even though economics effects so much in our lives. I know very little about economics. I have read Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics and enjoyed them to a decent amount. I personally found the first to have connections that were common sense to me. The second was more enjoyable, but I personally found that people were more than statistics. So when I read in the introduction that Kelly was inspired by Freakonomics, I was certainly interested to see what this book would be like.

ec·o·nom·ics was an entertaining and informative book. Kelly uses stories to illustrate the economic principles that she mentions. I suspect that Kelly only selected a few of the many economic theories (and I'm sure that some are more easily easy to explain with stories than others). I learned a few basic economic principles and I would recommend this book to those with little to no knowledge about economics. I am interested enough to learn more about economics. Be warned though, this book only scratches the surface of economics and should not be viewed a complete guidebook. 


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those interested in learning about economics.

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