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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Brilliant, and hilarious (and I never thought I'd agree with O'Rourke)

    This book could not be funnier. COULD NOT BE FUNNIER.
    And, to top that off, you (or at least I, dear reader) can learn a ton of it between the tears of laughter. I have tried in the course of my professional life to learn a little economics here and there, but more has stuck with me from this book than from all my prior efforts. I believe you will have the same response, whether you are liberal, conservative, or whatever -- (he really doesn't have that much of a prejudice one way or another in this book, or at least he loses it as the book progresses). Not to be missed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    Somewhat-Dated Economics Observations

    P J O'Rourke turns his attention to the economy in this collection of previously published pieces 'glued together with a few new bits'. Written in the mid-1990s and published in 1999, the section on the New York Stock Exchange 'or as P J calls it 'Good Capitalism'' is marked by the fervor of the tech stocks and dot-com boom of those days, and the entire section seems now entirely too optimistic. Still, O'Rourke balances it by visiting other countries 'Cuba, Sweden, China, etc.' and comparing and contrasting the various economic systems and implementation of same. There's also a hilarious section where he uses John Grisham and Courtney Love to illustrate an economic theory of specialization. As usual, O'Rourke has done his homework and is able to simply explain complicated concepts, filtered through his unique sense of humor and libertarian sensibilities. Although not quite of the caliber of O'Rourke's finest efforts 'Parliament of Whores, All the Trouble in the World and Holidays in Hell, in that order', Eat the Rich is still well worth reading for O'Rourke fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    In Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics, P.J. O'Rourke uses humor to explore and answer why some places thrive and others don't. He first travels to Wall Street where he believes "good capitalism" prospers; then to Albania where"bad capitalism" is evident. He goes to Sweden to study "good socialism", then to Cuba to examine "bad socialism". He travels to Russia, Tanzania, Hong Kong and Shanghai to exemplify how hard it is to change an economic structure when a place is undergoing political changes. Through his travels he writes about the people he met and the places he saw. When reading this book I felt that I didn't need to know anything about economics to understand the concepts he was speaking of. He used humor to grab the reader and keep them interested. I felt that I was able to keep up with the information he was writing about. He preaches that the Free Market is the greatest invention of all time and does a brilliant job of persuading the reader to think the same.

    I recommend this book to anyone who has had a trouble time understanding economics in an educational environment; this book will explain everything you need to know in a hilarious 246 pages!

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    good read. not his best but not his worst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Very good!

    It's an interesting and funny bunch of articles in here. Some great stories from start to finish! Theodore Korolchuk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    recommended for anyone and everyone

    O'Rourke makes eagerness possible in the field of economics with his excellent information well blended with clever humor. He is a charming writer who not only aids in understanding economic principles, but also in how they are working in the real world. His book will dispell any confusion in regard to other countries' systems, and he ultimately illustrates the importance of balancing power and freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Excellent take on economics

    This is an outstanding book for anyone who finds economics as a subject full of too many graphs and charts (all saying the same thing). P.J. O'Rourke is gifted in his ability to simplify a complicated subject to a level everyone (even socialists and liberals) can understand. A must for any finance/economics student like myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    Damn good economics treatise

    PJ O'Rourke simplifies economic structures by using examples of different countries which have adopted to those types of economies. Excellent book which is easy to read and understand, logic flows smoothly, and immensely entertaining. Minor nag: He tries to be too funny at times but bearable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    A must read for an Economics Student

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read on Economics. It doesn't take much time to read either. I was able to complete this book in 10 days. (Though I work for about 10 hours a day in a different field). The author apart from doing his home work, experienced the good and bad economics practicess in different parts of the world and presented them in a very humorous way. I agree with another review: 'By reading this book, you learn and laugh at the same time' Since I like this author's writing style I am planning to read his other books too.

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