Free Lunch (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/8/1
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Entertaining introduction to economics by David Smith, who imagines notable economists, such as Smith, Marx and Keynes, arguing their cases over lunch.
David Smith skilfully cuts through the mind-numbing waffle that surrounds much of modern economics, delivering a highly accessible guide to a subject that many claim to understand but very few do. -- Jeff Randall, BBC Business Editor Smith ... is an amiable and talented dining companion -- Martin Hemming * Observer * Free of jargon, obfuscation and interminable subordinate clauses, his prose is just the job -- Ross Leckie * The Times *商品の説明をすべて表示する
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1. This book tells you about the lives of Economists whose theories it talks about. This is good - since you learn much more than just the theories; you get to know much more about the Economists than just the theories they postulated.
2. The chapters progress from simple logic to not-so-simple theories. David Smith has written the text beautifully - it's nice to read and 'digest' this lunch.
3. One negative point - sometimes the storyline moves very slowly. There were many instances where I grew impatient with the reading and flipped pages to see where it all was leading to. The style could have been more concise.
Overall, I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. It's written in a lucid style, but probably won't appeal to everyone - particularly not to those who prefer fast readups.
The other aspect that rubbed me the wrong way is he is not able to explain complex but remarkable stuffs of the 80s and 90s pushed through in simple language. It gets frustrating when convoluted sentences are used to explain it. I stopped reading the book at around page 200.