P.J. sets off on a world tour to investigate funny economics. Having seen 'good' capitalism on Wall Street, he looks at 'bad' capitalism in Albania, views 'good' socialism in Sweden and endures 'bad' socialism in Cuba. The result is the world's only astute, comprehensive and concise presentation of the basic principles of economics that can make ...Read MoreP.J. sets off on a world tour to investigate funny economics. Having seen 'good' capitalism on Wall Street, he looks at 'bad' capitalism in Albania, views 'good' socialism in Sweden and endures 'bad' socialism in Cuba. The result is the world's only astute, comprehensive and concise presentation of the basic principles of economics that can make you laugh on purpose. 'P.J. O'Rourke is the acceptable face of US Republican arrogance. He sneers so irresistibly, you cough up your liberal guts laughing' Observer 'The first thing you learn about O'Rourke is this: he cannot turn off his mirth valve. Such is the severity of P.J.'s condition, the only person to have more entries in The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations is Oscar Wilde. This makes O'Rourke either the funniest man alive, or the wittiest heterosexual of all time ...In Eat the Rich, O'Rourke's ninth book, he squares up to the daunting topic of the world's wealth: who has it, who hasn't and why' Mail on Sunday 'P.J. at his scathing best ...This is economics for the uninitiated' Irish NewsRead Less
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If you want to understand economics better without actually taking any economics courses, read Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics. P.J. O'Rourke does the heavy studying for you. Or actually he gets someone else to. He does read some dense economics texts and pushes them aside deciding there are better ways to gain understanding.
So off he goes in search of answers. The results are chapters like "Good Capitalism: Wall St.," "Bad Capitalism: Albania," "Good Socialism: Sweden," "Bad Socialism: Cuba," "How to Make Nothing from Everything: Tanzania," and "How to Make Everything from Nothing: Hong Kong." In each country O'Rourke seeks to find the reason behind its success or poverty. He talks with experts, examines the markets, chats with the man in the street and makes sense of statistics. After reading, I feel smarter and it was a painless experience, quite unexpected when I think about economics.
Aug 16, 2007
Very funny, very good. As always O Rourke is right on.
Apr 3, 2007
Eat this book
PJ up to his usual scribe antics. He's often entertaining and always hysterically funny. You will learn things too. Agree or disagree with him politically, but there is no denying he knows his craft, and does his homework. Take the short course in world economics and read this one. You'll want to read more of his stuff.
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