What am I reading this week?
Our Social Media Editor Sarah tells us about the book she’s been reading this week: The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford.
I started reading this book a while back when used to get the bus to work. It was given to me to borrow and to be honest on first appearances I wasn’t sure it’d be all that thrilling.
Saying that, I’ve now picked it up again and I want to finish it. I have to say this is good, really good. I’m starting to feel like I basically have an honorary economics degree.
The way the book is written is what makes it so good; the narrative is a running conversation between author and reader. Each chapter starts with a quote, later referred to in the chapter. Early on, a quote from another great book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy tickled me.
The book itself starts with a story in which “the Indiana Jones of economics” gets a shout-out. He’s a cool guy, but I won’t say much more. I don’t want to ruin it for you.
Obviously by now you’re loading up Amazon and buying this book, but if that hasn’t convinced you enough, I’ll try again. In the first few chapters simple economics is described in terms of “fifty shades of grey”, “Brazilian waxes” and an incredibly good discussion of a babysitting recession.
I’m a little over half way now and it’s hard to put it down again. It’s honestly such an interesting book I can’t recommend it enough. Even if you have zero interest in economics, try it.
P.s. Isn’t the phrase “fiscal stimulus” oddly satisfying and disturbing?
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