Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan
Undressing the Dismal Science

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Finally! A book about economics that won't put you to sleep. In fact, you won't be able to put this one down.

Naked Economics makes up for all of those Econ 101 lectures you slept through (or avoided) in college, demystifying key concepts, laying bare the truths behind the numbers, and answering those questions you have always been too embarrassed to ask. For all the discussion of Alan Greenspan in the media, does anyone know what the Fed actually does? And what about those blackouts in California? Were they a conspiracy on the part of the power companies? Economics is life. There's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan's breezy tour, there's no reason to fear this highly relevant subject. With the commonsensical examples and brilliantly acerbic commentary we've come to associate with The Economist, Wheelan brings economics to life. Amazingly, he does so with nary a chart, graph, or mathematical equation in sight—certainly a feat to be witnessed firsthand. Economics is a crucial subject. There's no way to understand the important issues without it. Now, with Charles Wheelan's breezy tour, there's also no reason to fear it. "Explains our global economy in a way that is—gasp!—actually entertaining."—Book "Translates the arcane and often inscrutable jargon of the professional economist into language accessible to the inquiring but frustrated layman....Clear, concise, informative, [and] witty."—Chicago Tribune "Wheelan has an anti-Midas touch. If he touched gold he would turn it to life."—Burton G. Malkiel, from the foreword
 

About Charles Wheelan

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Charles Wheelan is the author of the internationally best-selling Naked Economics and Naked Statistics and a former correspondent for The Economist , and founder of The Centrist Party ( www.thecentristmovement.org ). He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In just a few easy lessons, economics journalist Wheelan can teach the most innocent reader to think like an economist.

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That dictum — one of only a few certainties in an uncertain world — most definitely applies to the statistical sausage factory where medical data is ground into advice.

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Wheelan (Naked Economics) offers a helping hand and a humorous perspective to everyone who’s ever felt confused, lied to, or just plain lost when it comes to statistics, those handy data sets used to determine everything from batting averages and trends on Wall Street to the quality of a school...

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Ever wonder what it means when the Fed raises interest rates? Or why there are occasional fears of inflation? To the rescue comes this simplified and chatty nontextbook textbook. Using words rather

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It’s a thorough, entertaining and humorous discussion of Econ 101 that trades GDP equations for plain-English explanations and the kind of real-life anecdotes that made me think: “Oh, I get it!” Having read Naked Economics, I certainly feel more qualified to discuss economic policy with people at...

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