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A Little History of Economics

Auteur(s): Niall Kishtainy
Narrateur(s): Steven Crossley
Durée: 9 h et 52 min
Catégories: Affaires, Économie
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 évaluations)

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A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field.

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

Economic historian Niall Kishtainy organizes short, chronological chapters that center on big ideas and events. He recounts the contributions of key thinkers including Adam Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes, and others, while examining topics ranging from the invention of money and the rise of agrarianism to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality, and behavioral economics. The result is a uniquely enjoyable volume that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

©2017 Niall Kishtainy (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Au global
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  • Philo
  • 2018-06-20

Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

The account of each great thinker's big ideas is told so the person of ordinary intelligence and curiosity can readily get it. The finer points are not here, but that is not the point. This is a very fine overview. There is a special skill to telling complex ideas with this clarity and pacing. The narrator, one of my favorites reciting history (such as Tom Holland's In the Shadow of the Sword), is a bit less of an optimal fit here, but quite fine.

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  • Au global
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  • Carl Thompson
  • 2017-12-14

Required Reading

This should be required reading for any young person. A brilliant overview of the never-ending debate on Economics. This is a great platform for further, deeper study into the sweet science.

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  • Au global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-09-10

Interesting but a dull narration

As a non-economics major, I find majority of the topics are interesting and want to explore them more in the future. But the narration is dull and poor even to the ears of a non English native speaker.

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  • Raining Star
  • 2018-09-23

Great information

I got a lot from the information in the book but the narrator spoke so slowly it was impossible to listen to at normal speed. At 1.75x the pace was correct, but the distortion was extreme.

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  • Phyllis
  • 2018-09-23

Wrong Narrator for Preachy Book

Normally, Steven Crossley is one of my favorites. This was just the wrong book for his style. Distracting.

The book itself was flawed. Language was as if the author was writing for seventh graders. It is possible to write an introductory book about a complex topic and do it successfully. This book is definitely not that.

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  • Seth House
  • 2019-01-08

Good content; rough narration

The content of the book was informative. I enjoyed the broad historical overview. However the narrator's cadence and tone were more what you'd expect from a parable or a fairy tale -- very distracting. It was possible to overlook and to focus on the content, but it was sometimes quite hard to do so.

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  • Au global
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-09-21

a good education

other reviews have termed this book dry, but I found it fascinating. a detailed summary of the historical views and positions of economists dating back to ancient Greece. it illustrates the evolution of economic positions and policies in a way that reveals the motives and reasons behind such varying intellectuals as Plato, Marx, and Hayek. from mercantilism, to socialism and free market capitalism, I was surprised at the even-handedness with which the author dealt with the conflicting ideas. the goal here wasnt to convince, but simply to inform. obviously many ideas have failed throughout history, and the author goes into the reasons behind that failure.
economics is a continually growing and changing organism, and this book is a worthy introduction to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-21

I'm more than halfway through and it's easy to put it down.

The narrative style is one of a fairytale story for kids, but not a very enlightened one. I would have appreciated a more factual and academic account, stated with references, and aiming a little wider than the western view for a more worldly economic "history".

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  • Seth
  • 2019-10-10

Excellent (just listen at 1.25 speed)

All in all a great walk through economic theories from the last 400+ years. Narration is slow but perfect at 1.25 speed.

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  • William
  • 2019-09-22

Making people's lives better

If you’re like most people, there aren’t many subjects that you would imagine to be more boring than economics. I can’t say that this book made the subject interesting, but it did make it much more interesting than I would have thought. And, it made the subject begin to make more sense. According to him, economics is the science of trying to make people’s lives better (not a quote, but my summary). He starts with Plato, moves on to Aristotle, to St. Augustine and St. Ignatius, then to the 19th century. He avoids technical jargon and talks in common language with lots of examples and illustrations. He covers economists that we’ve all heard of and who have had great influence, and some whose theories seem a bit off the wall and whom I had never heard of. It shows how economics can really make sense. Nice book.