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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:58:32 AM EDT
I'm trying to brush up on my economics and expand my knowledge of our current government policies and how they are affecting our financial situation. I also received some gift cards I would like to spend on new books.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I do not want a book that is going to put me to sleep so the more entertaining the better, but I really am looking for something with substance. I took a macro economics class in college and was able to do well but I'm a little rusty so something that is comprehensive would be appreciated as well.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:01:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FoxyHuntress:
I'm trying to brush up on my economics and expand my knowledge of our current government policies and how they are affecting our financial situation. I also received some gift cards I would like to spend on new books.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I do not want a book that is going to put me to sleep so the more entertaining the better, but I really am looking for something with substance. I took a macro economics class in college and was able to do well but I'm a little rusty so something that is comprehensive would be appreciated as well.


Text book or primary source/traditional works?

Can't go wrong with Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:04:23 AM EDT
Something written by a Marxist or Socialist on money matters, would give a pretty good idea of how we got here.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:08:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:09:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By thatguywiththeak:
Originally Posted By FoxyHuntress:
I'm trying to brush up on my economics and expand my knowledge of our current government policies and how they are affecting our financial situation. I also received some gift cards I would like to spend on new books.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I do not want a book that is going to put me to sleep so the more entertaining the better, but I really am looking for something with substance. I took a macro economics class in college and was able to do well but I'm a little rusty so something that is comprehensive would be appreciated as well.


Text book or primary source/traditional works?

Can't go wrong with Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.


I would rather not have a textbook but I won't rule it out if there is a good one out there.

I would prefer primary sources and Smith's work sounds familiar. I wonder if I already own it and I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet (I have a lot of books I have collected over the years).
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:12:54 AM EDT
All you need can be found here:


http://mises.org/Literature
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:14:55 AM EDT
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman

Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:16:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2012 8:17:00 AM EDT by thatguywiththeak]
Originally Posted By FoxyHuntress:
Originally Posted By thatguywiththeak:
Originally Posted By FoxyHuntress:
I'm trying to brush up on my economics and expand my knowledge of our current government policies and how they are affecting our financial situation. I also received some gift cards I would like to spend on new books.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I do not want a book that is going to put me to sleep so the more entertaining the better, but I really am looking for something with substance. I took a macro economics class in college and was able to do well but I'm a little rusty so something that is comprehensive would be appreciated as well.


Text book or primary source/traditional works?

Can't go wrong with Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.


I would rather not have a textbook but I won't rule it out if there is a good one out there.

I would prefer primary sources and Smith's work sounds familiar. I wonder if I already own it and I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet (I have a lot of books I have collected over the years).


Then read The Wealth of Nations. Its a great starting point, if for no other reason than the ideas contained within are essentially the foundation upon which all mainstream modern economic thought is based. Some times a good text book can be a good idea as a companion though, both because of the way the book is written (18th century English) and the fact that some of the concepts have been tweeked, refined, or built upon since then. Also they will generally have things laid out for a beginning student and may have simple examples of the concepts with the math associated with them neatly set out.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:17:01 AM EDT
Basic Economics by Dr. Thomas Sowell.

Excellent book, not dry or boring at all.

All his books are excellent actually, but you should start with that one.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:17:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman



That was going to be my suggestion. Anything by Friedman will be good as it's from the perspective of a pure capitalist.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:23:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2012 8:25:43 AM EDT by paadams]
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell

The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy’s Only Hope by John A. Allison is a good one about what caused the financial collapse.

ETA: The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:25:39 AM EDT
Good general interest book about economics:


Good general interest book about the behavioral side of economics, these sorts of subjects and analysis is what I really love about economics and it often really puts liberals' panties in a twist. For example, having a pool is far more likely to kill a family member than having a gun in the house:



Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:25:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:
Basic Economics by Dr. Thomas Sowell.

Excellent book, not dry or boring at all.

All his books are excellent actually, but you should start with that one.


+1

Also Applied Economics by Dr Thomas Sowell
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 8:25:50 AM EDT
I am currently reading this. It is just a bit over my head, but I am getting the gist of it.

http://www.amazon.com/Unintended-Consequences-Everything-Youve-Economy/dp/1591845505
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