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Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

Charles Wheelan

Economics is a crucial subject--there's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Wheelan's breezy tour, there's also no reason to fear it.

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Book Information

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 260
ISBN-13: 9780393324860
ISBN-10: 0393324869
Language: English

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August 28, 2008

In Naked Economics, Charles Wheelan makes an analogy between music "piracy" and farming, writing "You spend all summer tending to your corn crop and then your neighbor drives by in his combine, waves cheerily, and proceeds to harvest the whole crop for himself. " Though an overall fan of the book, Nick Hornby disagrees with that specific sentiment. Writing about it on his blog on Tuesday, he grabbed hold of Wheelan's analogy and took it to a hilarious conclusion. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 07, 2009

Wheelan believes that the discourse on economics needs to change. It's important information, that affects companies and individuals on a daily and long-term basis, so the way people understand it needs to be updated and approached differently. His book, and this podcast, give insight to those proposed changes, and why they will have a major impact on business at large. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Naked Economics makes up for all of those Econ 101 lectures you slept through (or avoided) in college, demystifying key concepts, laying bare the truths behind the numbers, and answering those questions you have always been too embarrassed to ask. For all the discussion of Alan Greenspan in the media, does anyone know what the Fed actually does? And what about those blackouts in California? Were they a conspiracy on the part of the power companies? Economics is life. There's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan's breezy tour, there's no reason to fear this highly relevant subject. With the commonsensical examples and brilliantly acerbic commentary we've come to associate with The Economist, Wheelan brings economics to life. Amazingly, he does so with nary a chart, graph, or mathematical equation in sight--certainly a feat to be witnessed firsthand.

Economics is a crucial subject. There's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan's breezy tour, there's also no reason to fear it.

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