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Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't…

Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work) in Words and Pictures (2012)

by Michael Goodwin

Other authors: David Bach (Foreword), Joel Bakan (Introduction), Dan E. Burr (Illustrator), Debra Freiberg (Lettering)

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Interesting viewpoint on the development of economic theories presented in the context of the history of the world. Explains what theories did good and what did less than good, how ideas were influenced by the society problems at various points in time. Focused more on the Anglo-saxon world and the US, but makes references to other important players. Analysis can be seen as more political as it reaches the present, but this seems an unavoidable problem. Funnily presented as a series of cartoons, makes a very nice lecture/viewing. ( )
  vladmihaisima | Jun 27, 2018 |
A good explanation of the basics of macroeconomics such as Keynesian ideas and supply-demand curves, but becomes mired in left-leaning anti-corporate ideologies. ( )
  THC-NYC | Jan 20, 2018 |
While this book does veer quite a bit into politics in its last quarter, it does a wonderful job of showing the interconnectedness of the economic system. It also deals w the history of economic thought by showing how those ideas still impact our policies and outcomes. As a teacher of economics (and history of economic thought), I will be implementing some of this material into the classroom soon and can't wait to see the reaction of my students. Well done! ( )
  kallai7 | Mar 23, 2017 |
Economics - a human invention more powerful than the nuclear bomb and about as popular, but less understood. Here's one book to help: Economix, by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr is a comic about economics. With style, wit, clarity and remarkable concision - taking in every major theory along the way - it gives you a lightning tour of the world's current economic system.
This book is packed with juicy information. Within its pages, to pick examples, I found the most nuanced view I've come across yet of the legacy of Adam Smith, an explanation for why it is that so many US food products contain corn syrup - and even a theory as to why mainstream economic debate is still stuck in the 1970s.
We're constantly told by media and politicians that "the economy" influences every aspect of our lives. If that's true, it seems sensible to understand why. This book is a great place to start. Anyone over thirteen could read and enjoy it - and should. ( )
  othersam | Nov 21, 2014 |
A broad, entertaining, and sobering look at economic theory and history. Definitely opinionated, but I share most of the author's opinions. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Mar 27, 2014 |
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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.

"Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems. Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview." --Timothy W. Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University 

"[Economix] brings a lively visual sensibility to this intensely abstruse subject matter without condescending to the reader or dumbing the ideas down." --MotherJones.com

"This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issues--in this case, economics, history and finance--and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals." --Miami Herald

"It's simply phenomenal. You could read ten books on the subject and not glean as much information." -- David Bach founder of FinishRich Media; author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire

"Goodwin has done the seemingly impossible--he has made economics comprehensible and funny."--Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

"An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information! What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject!" --John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

"Smart, insightful, clear, and as close to the truth as economics can get. The bonus: Who would have guessed that economics could be fun, and--here's the joy--really accessible? Goodwin roots us in history and fills us with common sense understanding. As he puts it early on, economics seems horribly complicated mostly because we're looking at it all at once. Broken down into its component pieces, it's relatively easy to understand. And a good understanding of economics is critical to maneuvering in the world today. If I were compiling a list of the 100 most important books you can read in a lifetime, this would be on it." --Stephen Petranek, editor-in-chief, Weider History magazines, former editor-in-chief of Discover magazine

"Through a potent mix of comics and punchy, concise, accessible prose, Goodwin takes us on a provocative, exhaustively researched, and exceedingly engaging trip through our history and present day, creating an alternately hilarious and scary picture of where we are today as an economy-- and what it all means. More than that, Goodwin makes the arcane, understandable. If your mind either spins or slumbers at the thought of economics, read Goodwin's Economix and all will become clear. --Nomi Prins, author of It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions

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A guide to the economy in graphic novel format traces the history of Western economic thought from its beginnings to the world economy in the twenty-first century.

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