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

Economix How and Why Our Economy Works and Doesn t Work in Words and Pictures Stimulus plans good or bad Free markets How free are they Jobs Can we afford them Occupy Wall Street worldwideEverybody s talking about the economy but how can we the people understand what Wall St

  • Title: Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures
  • Author: MichaelGoodwin Dan E. Burr David Bach Joel Bakan
  • ISBN: 9780810988392
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stimulus plans good or bad Free markets How free are they Jobs Can we afford them Occupy Wall Street worldwideEverybody 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 transformStimulus plans good or bad Free markets How free are they Jobs Can we afford them Occupy Wall Street worldwideEverybody 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 voterAISE FOR ECONOMIX 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 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

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    • These days everyone's worried about the economy! The economy is the biggest issue for voters! Won't somebody puh-leeeeeese think of the economy?I don't know about you, but I don't remember anyone ever explaining anything about this economy to me in eleven years of compulsory education. Every politician confidently promises to fix it and everyone has an opinion on it, but most of us rely heavily on clued-up commentators to translate market jargon into baby-talk we can nod along to, and believe th [...]

    • Je ne lis plus beaucoup de bandes dessinées, mais j'avais envie pour changer un peu de lectures austères, de tester celle-ci, qui promettait d'instruire en distrayant. Au début, l'auteur se représente avec une pile de livre d'économistes sous le bras. Il explique au lecteur qu'il s'est donné, pour la lui épargner, la peine de les lire et les comprendre à sa place, pour n'en garder que le plus important. Quel bon moyen de devenir à son tour éclairé à moindre effort! Non pas comme ces [...]

    • Komiks o tom, jak funguje ekonomika, jsem namátkově znal z anglického vydání a v češtině jsem ho původně koupil dcerám k vánocům. Co by mě mohlo na takovém zpracování překvapit, že jo Nakonec jsem ho zhltnul na posezení. Kniha výborně probírá více i méně známé stránky ekonomiky v historickém průřezu. Neukazuje izolované ekonomické teorie a teoretiky, ale především to, jak se projevovala v praxi. Nejde o odosobněnou výkladovou knihu o makroekonomii, ale př [...]

    • To quote Joel Bakan ( author of The Corporation), "don't be surprised if it turns out to be the first comic book to win its author the Nobel Prize in Economics" . I can't agree more.And boy, who knew dismal science can be so fun to read?!

    • A few friends recommended Economix to me, so I picked it up the other day. Iwas expecting not to like it, but I needed to mix some light reading intomy schedule, and blew through Economix in a few hours. I really enjoyed itoverall, but like any book, it's not without it's problems.### MarxThe first thing that I do when I read any layman's book about economics is tocheck the index for the words "Karl Marx." It's sort of a filter; if theydon't strawman Marx, then it's probably pretty good. If they [...]

    • This book had a really interesting concept - using a graphic novel format to simplify the economy (this is an adult book). I learned a little bit and enjoyed the first half. However, a caveat: in the second part of the book, the author warns that he's going to get political and that is when this book went downhill, and fast. At least he gave a warning.In full disclosure, I am a fiscal conservative so the author's blatant liberalism would be something I wouldn't agree with anyway. However, he is [...]

    • Good introduction to basic economics and its history (primarily via the U.S. experience). The author's own political sensibilities are somewhat hamfistedly delivered as he approaches the present day, and there is a shade too much hero worship of Adam Smith and the Roosevelt clan, and he also tends to veer into Greenpeace territory more than an introduction to economics should. I actually agree with most of his viewpoint, but the polemic seems out of place and poorly handled. The book would've be [...]

    • Economix is a fun hybrid: an introduction to economics and modern economic history as a graphic novel. It is engaging throughout.Goodwin and Burr were clearly inspired by Larry Gonick's groundbreaking Cartoon History of the Universe, and say so in the afterward. As with that predecessor, Economix uses plenty of graphic novel technique to explain sometimes tricky concepts: repeated cartoon characters (historical figures, personified forces), visual gags, well chosen visualizations, a narrator cha [...]

    • I've been hearing a fair amount of buzz about this, and at the bookshop where I bought it the owner said "oh, we've been selling a lot of these!" And I can see why—it's excellent.It's basically a cartoon history of the world economy and of economic theory, from Adam Smith up to 2011 or so. Goodwin cites Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe as his inspiration, but this book reminds me more of Scott McCloud, particularly Reinventing Comics. Like McCloud, the author's avatar talks direc [...]

    • The author condenses a mountain of economic texts into a highly readable 300-page comic book, deftly explaining economic theory and history from Adam Smith's 1776 masterpiece "The Wealth of Nations", to the Keynesian stimulus spending after the 2008 collapse and beyond. The illustrations make the book extremely approachable, but don't think for a second that the book is juvenile or watered-down. I actually had to read the book in small chunks so that I could process the onslaught of information [...]

    • Velmi zajímavá knížka - základy ekonomie mě sice potkaly na škole, takže jména jako Smith, Keynes nebo Friedman jsem znala, ale s pochopením jejich teorií už to bylo horší. A na to je právě tato kniha skvělá - dokáže komplikované teorie převést na přístupné příběhy, které jsou mnohem zajímavější a také snáze pochopitelné. Sympatický je také přístup autora, který ekonomii vnímá spíše jako společenskou vědu, což ale dnes není až takový standart. [...]

    • Way back in the day, when we had to walk uphill both ways to get to class, students were required to take Macroeconomics 101 @ Stevens Institute of Technology. The point, I'm sure, was to allow us to digest the news and make informed decisions as voters. The professor was boring, the book prided itself on only using tautologies, all quizzes were multiple choice, and attendance was mandatory. (The last one explains why I only got an A-, ruining my best shot at a 4.0 GPA.)This book is a 400 year t [...]

    • Obviously indebted to Larry Gonick's Cartoon Guides and Cartoon History of the Universe, especially the latter, this is a dense guide to the history and reigning theories of economics; the policies, debates, and sometimes suffering they have engendered; and, above all, the gap between the pristine mathematical models of textbook economics and the realities of human life. It's a smart, properly skeptical book, thick, fairly demanding, and (again like Gonick, as well as Scott McCloud's textbooks) [...]

    • Do you find the subject of economics to be boring and/or incomprehensible? If so, this is the book for you; here is the subject brought to life in a dynamic mix of thoughtful words and pictures. Yes, the author does indeed come from a decidedly left-leaning perspective, as he freely acknowledges at about page 200 (that is, two-thirds of the way through the book), but you can take that in stride and still glean a whole lot of info from this book. I would highly recommend this book to high school [...]

    • Jestli tohle není nejlepší možné naplnění otřepaného "škola hrou", tak pak už nevím, co by jím tedy mělo být, protože být tohle učebnicí základů ekonomie na středních školách, tak máme rázem o poznání finančně gramotnější populaci. Svět a historie ekonomie a překvapivě do hloubky. Je tu snad vše od vysvětlení základních mechanismů, termínů i směrů, konsekvence do politiky i denního života a to vše čtivou a plně srozumitelnou formou (pro dospěl [...]

    • I have my fair share in economics knowledge due to some previous reading be it from libertarians, socialists and some capitalists as well. I also benefited from Khan Academy videos from economic section. But this graphic novel is far superior for non economic major like me. It is Econ 101 without tendency to influence you to either side. Previously I read from laissez-faire view, social Democratic, and state communism. But this show them all. The best thing in this book is how author present the [...]

    • This is a lively, refreshingly opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of world economy, economics, and economic problems. An absolute delight, it also acts as a crash course on Western history. Complex ideas and events have been distilled so beautifully that we can follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. A must read for both the layperson looking for an introduction to economics and for someone looking to brush up those long-learnt les [...]

    • This comic does a great job of explaining the economic concepts and developments of the last 200 years in their historical context. I read through the 300 pages within a day. Quite entertaining and also infuses my suspicion that we're currently witnessing the end of an era of a dominant nation

    • Now I come to the last in my personal trilogy of FY14 government shutdown reads. I started with David Graeber’s fascinating treatise on the anthropological foundations of money, exchange, andDebt, proceeded to Nate Silver’s methodological critique of statistical prognostication The Signal and the Noise, and found this graphic novel to be the perfect way to wind up the topic. The book is an excellent overview of economic theory and practice that places The Worldly Philosophers into its chrono [...]

    • This book manages to do a lot of the things most econ textbooks don't(but should do). The first thing is explains the history of economics which is important because you get a better grasp on why the economic theories of Smith, Engles, Marx, Keynes and others developed if you know of the times these economist were living in since like with everything the events around a person shapes that person's views and outlooks and lot of the economic problems that occur now have occurred before (overpopula [...]

    • A history of economics since the 1600s (mercantilism) from 35,000 feet, with a good dose of humor to help it slide down. You'll get some of the tectonic shifts that have occurred, with the main reason(s) for each movement. I believe the book represents a reasonable consensus among economists up until the period of globalization and financialization of the world economy beginning in the 1990s. It summarizes the main points of thinkers like Ricardo, the French Physiocrats, Adam Smith, Marx, Keynes [...]

    • Economix is a fascinating read with good-looking drawings that detail concepts from primitive to modern economics. Coming from a guy who likes capitalism AND socialism, I feel like this is the perfect book. The book tells a narrative of economics from a historical standpoint where there's a balancing relationship between people, corporations and the government. He tells of points in history when this relationship flourished (the good times), and points when the government or the corporations too [...]

    • With the financial world in more turmoil than it's ever been, this graphic novel economics primer seems especially timely. Michael Goodwin is out to show readers that the economy can be understood, even by non-economists. He goes back in time to show how our current economic structure evolved and the theories it was built upon. While there's a lot to take in, Goodwin does an excellent job of simplifying the seemingly obtuse mechanisms that make our economy work (or not). We can easily see where [...]

    • Shana LovenAPA Citation: Goodwin, Michael, & Burr, Dan. (2012). Economix: how our economy works (and doesn't work) in words and pictures. New York: Abrams ComicArts.Genre: InformationalFormat: Graphic NovelSelection Process: No Flying No TightsEconomix by Michael Goodwin and Dan Burr is a graphic novel that presents the economic situation of the United States in terms and pictures that the average layperson can understand. The first part of the book presents the economic theories of some of [...]

    • An amazingly clear, concise, informative, and entertaining overview of the history of economics (and really, the economics of history). Goodwin has quite a knack for making economic theories simple and understandable, as well as relating them to real-world examples.One "problem" that others have with the book is the author's clear bias against certain prevailing thoughts and practices. I don't think that's a problem at all, mainly because he acknowledges and admits his opinions up front. His arg [...]

    • I could not put this book down. It also took me 4 days to finish it, reading steadily. But at the same time it never seemed like work to be reading it. All that is saying a lot for a comic book. It is more about how economics affect politics and through politics, people's lives. Especially in America, especially in the last two centuries. And yes, it's got a liberal, mixed-economy, basic social services (like utilities, education, maybe health care!) are often best provided or regulated or suppo [...]

    • I've had this book since it was first published, but I've just now gotten around to read it. (I was prompted by another Abrams book that just recently came out, The Age of Selfishness.) I wish I hadn't waited so long to get to this book, as it's a wonderful introduction, not only to the basics of economics, but the current pickle we are in financially. The world of business and finance doesn't come away smelling very good here -- nor did I expect them to -- but then again, neither do the politic [...]

    • As someone who appreciates economics in the same way as military battles & history--with a vague sense of its importance which forces me to read information about it, skimming over names I kind of know but not really--for someone like that, this book is a merciful godsend. While reading Goodwin's clear and fascinating (not a word I usually tag with this topic) explanations of economic events & concepts, I had a faint and disturbing impression that I was reading something more important ( [...]

    • Velice hodnotná kniha, která zábavnou formou předkládá principy fungování ekonomiky Spojených států a mezinárodních obchodních organizací. Doporučuji všem se zájmem o ekonomiku i těm, kteří mají mikroekonomii a makroekonomii jako povinný předmět. Každopádně navazující četbou jsou určitě knihy Kapitál v 21. století a The Wealth of Nations.

    • Great book on the history of economics and the consequences that economic thought has had on all of us.On the whole, the story is coherent and credible. I recognized very few statements as unfair.The book explains the basics of economics and builds on top of that to touch on more complicated stuff like monetarism, neoliberalism, the WTO protests, the Occupy movement, etc.Here's a better review by Thomas Hedges.

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