The Cartoon Introduction to Economics by Yoram Bauman
Volume Two: Macroeconomics

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Need to understand today’s economy? This is the book for you. The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume Two: Macroeconomics is the most accessible, intelligible, and humorous introduction to unemployment, inflation, and debt you’ll ever read. Whereas Volume One: Microeconomics dealt with the optimizing individual, Volume Two: Macroeconomics explains the factors that affect the economy of an entire country, and indeed the planet. It explores the two big concerns of macroeconomics: how economies grow and why economies collapse. It illustrates the basics of the labor market and explains what the GDP is and what it measures, as well as the influence of government, trade, and technology on the economy. Along the way, it covers the economics of global poverty, climate change, and the business cycle. In short, if any of these topics have cropped up in a news story and caused you to wish you grasped the underlying basics, buy this book.
 

About Yoram Bauman

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A freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and animator, Grady Klein is the creator of the Lost Colony series of graphic novels. An environmental economist at the University of Washington, Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., is the world’s first and only stand-up economist.
 
Published December 20, 2011 by Hill and Wang. 240 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction

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The “holy grail” of macroeconomics, Bauman writes, is “how to get economies to grow without crashing,” which would seem to defy the laws of thermodynamics—and there the fun begins, for on one hand you have Milton Friedman, on the other John Maynard Keynes, and any number of disparate and often co...

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While pro–free trade, the book regards the theories it presents with a slight grain of salt, giving the reader an even broader view of economic history, with the trends that worked short- and long-term.

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The major concepts of macroeconomics are broken down with wit, verve, and clarity in this excellent follow-up to The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Vol.

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Klein and Bauman are to be commended for making a richly understandable book that provides all the information of a textbook without getting too dry (also, despite the title of the book, it never gets too cartoony, either, striking a difficult to achieve balance between being informative and bein...

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If you’re in the market for a PowerPoint lecture, with cartoons, covering some of the basic concepts of macroeconomics, then The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Volume Two: Macroeconomics may be just the book for you.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Following up their first volume, which naturally focused on microecomics, Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman (“the world’s first and only stand-up economist”) now have released The Cartoon Introducation to Economics, Vol.

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