Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is Tim Harford reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy.

His entry begins:
I've recently been having fun looking at business and economic history.

Over Christmas I read The Idea Factory, a well-researched and fascinating account of how Bell Labs developed the building-block of modern computing - the transistor - as well as numerous other important innovations. Jon Gertner does a great job of bringing some remarkable characters such as William Shockley and Claude Shannon to life; he also explains the unique circumstances that made Bell Labs possible. He hints at lessons for innovation policy today without...[read on]
About The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, from the publisher:
A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist.

Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does.

Enter Financial Times columnist and bestselling author Tim Harford. In this new book that demystifies macroeconomics, Harford strips away the spin, the hype, and the jargon to reveal the truth about how the world’s economy actually works. With the wit of a raconteur and the clear grasp of an expert, Harford explains what’s really happening beyond today’s headlines, why all of us should care, and what we can do about it to understand it better.
Learn more about the book and author at Tim Harford's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

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Writers Read: Tim Harford.

--Marshal Zeringue