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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

How to Run--Or Ruin--An Economy

By Tim Harford

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594631405, 245pp.

Publication Date: January 16, 2014

A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling "The Undercover Economist."
Look out for Harford's forthcoming book, "Messy," a big idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond.
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.

About the Author
Tim Harford is the author of "The Undercover Economist," "The Logic of Life," and "Adapt." He is a weekly columnist for the "Financial Times," and his work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Forbes," "Esquire," "Parade," "New York," and "Wired." Harford lives with his family in Oxford.

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