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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run--Or Ruin--An Economy Paperback – 6 January 2015

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Every Tim Harford book is cause for celebration. He makes 'the dismal science' seem like an awful lot of fun."
- Malcolm Gladwell

"With fascinating examples and vivid explanations, Tim Harford succeeds in turning macroeconomics into a gripping read."
--Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem

Tim Harford is perhaps our very best popular economics writer, and with this book he turns his attention to inflation, unemployment, business cycles, and macroeconomics, with lucid clarity and compelling insight.
--Tyler Cowen, author of Create Your Own Economy and The Great Stagnation

Tim Harford is a brave man to write a book about macroeconomics for the lay person; luckily, he is also a funny man...his perky style and chatty asides keep us grinning... [and he] has a knack for posing questions the average reader will have wondered about.
--Wall Street Journal

Harford has a knack for writing about economic issues in a clear and gripping way.
--Worth Magazine

"Harford brings vigor and even humor to otherwise dry topics...[and] clarity to what has often been comprehensible to only a select few."
--Publishers Weekly

"Independent thinkers aspiring to a better understanding of the world economy and of possible fixes for the current downturn will delight in this crisp, readable, and knowledgeable explication and analysis of macroeconomic events and theoretical perspectives."
--Library Journal

"By the end of this book, you'll have learned so much that you'll be just as confused as the experts - and anything but bored."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"Tim Harford is perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world... what [he] has achieved with his new book is nothing less than the holy grail of popular economics. While retaining the accessible style of popular microeconomics, he has managed to explain, with clarity and good humour, the knottiest and most important problems facing the world's biggest economies today."
--The New Statesman

"With beguiling clarity and...effortlessly breezy style... Harford explains the subject with impressive clarity and wit."
--The Times (London)

"Tim Harford is a brilliant explainer of economics...A superb guide, whatever your level of expertise."
--The Evening Standard

About the Author

Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life, and Adapt. He is a weekly columnist for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, Parade, New York, and Wired. Harford lives with his family in Oxford.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 159463291X
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781594632914
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1594632914
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
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