Naked Economics

Undressing the Dismal Science

Charles Wheelan (Author, Dartmouth College)

With a Foreword by Burton G. Malkiel


"Clear, concise, informative, witty and, believe it or not, entertaining." —Chicago Tribune

Finally! A book about economics that won’t put you to sleep. In fact, you won’t be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it’s a necessary investment—with a blessedly sure rate of return. Demystifying buzzwords, laying bare the truths behind oft-quoted numbers, and answering the questions you were always too embarrassed to ask, the breezy Naked Economics gives readers the tools they need to engage with pleasure and confidence in the deeply relevant, not so dismal science.

This revised and updated edition adds commentary on hot topics, including the current economic crisis, globalization, the economics of information, the intersection of economics and politics, and the history—and future—of the Federal Reserve.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33764-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain an understanding of basic economics with little pain and much pleasure.” — Gary Becker, 1992 Nobel Prize winner in Economics

“Bravo, Charles Wheelan, for doing the impossible: making the study of economics fascinating, comprehensible, and laugh-out-loud funny.” — Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War

“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

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