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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (596 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Brian Emerso Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This book is geared to the average citizen with little or no economics background who would like the tools to think critically about economic issues. Many of today's economic issues are obscured by their inherent complexity and the often confusing and conflicting views coming from political talking heads. Sowell, a leading conservative economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, seeks to alleviate this confusion.

He begins by elucidating the differences between politicians, who are often compelled by political considerations to act for the short term, and economists, who are more concerned with long-term ramifications. Sowell then focuses on the application of economics to major contemporary real-world problems: housing, medical care, discrimination, and the economic development of nations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/18/2014

    " Has its flaws, but very few books like this one describe how certain policies at all levels of government often fail to look past the short term or fail to account for unintended consequences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave | 2/5/2014

    " I have read many books on economics; this one largely shaped my thinking. The premise is simple everything you touch has consequences. Some of these consequences are big and some are small some are intended and some are unintended. It has become apparent, everyday to me, who is informed and who is not. Because the uninformed never think beyond stage one and support policy that is contrary to their own interests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/4/2014

    " This is a very readable book about economics with a lot of real-life examples. The chapters about medical care and housing were especially relevant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wayne Farris | 1/20/2014

    " A thought provoking book that gets just a bit tedious at times. Still a good book that I am glad I read. After the introduction and first chapter or two you could just choose the topics in which you have the most interest. I especially enjoyed the gun control and housing sections. The book explores the unintended or "stage two" or "stage three" consequences of political responses to problems and how those consequences aren't realized for years. By then the consequences are frequently blamed on something else. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been published in both academic journals and such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.