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Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, LeBron James can teach you about economics by John Tamny

April 12, 2015


According to author John Tamny, politicians, bureaucrats, special-interest groups, and economists themselves have managed to turn common sense and simple cause-and-effect into a mystery religion. Tamny is here to break the spell with Popular Economics. You don’t need a Ph.D. and a graphing calculator to understand the economic lessons that are all around us– just the self-confidence to see what’s in front of your nose. Casting a wide net, Tamny draws elegant and relevant economic lessons from a wide variety of popular figures, from Mick Jagger to LeBron James to show that understanding economics is as simple as understanding Taxes, Regulation, Trade, and Money. Get these four things right, argues Tamny, and economic growth will explode.

Praise for Popular Economics:

“Rarely is a book so contrary, so pithy, and so true.”
-George Gilder, author of Knowledge and Power

“Through engaging examples and stories, Tamny provides a thought-provoking argument in favor of a free-market approach to economic growth. Whether you agree with him or not, there is no question that his perspective needs to be part of the discussion on American economic policy.”
– Enrico Moretti, professor of economics, Cal-Berkeley, and author of The New Geography of Jobs

“Tamny’s brilliant book rings with clarity and consistency. You will be left wondering why these same qualities don’t apply to our money.”
-Judy Shelton, author of Money Meltdown

“Ignore John Tamny’s easy to read Popular Economics at your own mortal peril. It’s as close to spiritual as you get in this realm– a better tutorial than any econ text.”
-Ken Fisher, founder and CEO, Fisher Investments

Popular Economics is a great way to learn economics, a strong case for economic liberty, and an epic myth-buster. I will be giving it out to friends, of all viewpoints, for a long, long time.”
-Cliff Asness, managing principal, AQR Capital

Popular Economics is an essential twenty-first-century complement to Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson. In a book that is happily free of charts and incomprehensible equations, John Tamny uses exciting stories from the world around us to show the reader that nothing is easier than economic growth.”
-Arthur Laffer

Popular Economics can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

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