Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures

Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures

Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures

Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures


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Economix is an essential and accessible guide to understanding the economy and economic practices. This New York Times bestseller is a must-read for every citizen and every voter.

With clear, witty writing and quirky, accessible art, this important and timely graphic novel transforms “the dismal science” of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what we’ve got . . . and sometimes what our neighbors have.

Economix explains it all, from the beginning of Western economic thought; to markets free and otherwise; to economic failures, successes, limitations, and future possibilities.

Everybody’s talking about the economy, but how can we, the people, make sense of what Wall Street or Washington say they know? Read the New York Times bestselling Economix, from author Michael Goodwin and illustrator Dan E. Burr.

“Goodwin brilliantly contextualizes economic theories with historical narrative, while Burr’s simple but elegant illustration employs classical techniques like caricaturing politicians and symbolizing big businesses (as a gleeful factory) to help the reader visualize difficult concepts.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issues—in this case, economics, history and finance—and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals.” —Miami Herald

“Michael Goodwin hasn’t just written a great graphic novel—he’s written one that should be required for every school, newsroom, and library in the United States.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810988392
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 424,542
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Goodwin is a writer and editor with a degree in Chinese studies. He has lived in China, India, and now New York City.

Dan E. Burr illustrated the classic graphic novel Kings in Disguise. He lives in Milwaukee.

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Introduction 6

Preface 8

Chapter 1 The Invisible Hand (The Distant Past to 1820) 13

Chapter 2 Full Steam Ahead (1820-1865) 43

Chapter 3 The Money Power (1865-1914) 73

Chapter 4 Things Fall Apart (1914-1945) 95

Chapter 5 Guns and Butter (1945-1966) 131

Chapter 6 The Era of Limits (1966-1980) 163

Chapter 7 The Revolt of the Rich (1980-2001) 197

Chapter 8 The World Today (2001 Onward) 251

Glossary 292

Further Reading 295

Acknowledgments 297

About the Author 298

About the Artist 298

Index 299

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