Basic Economics, Fourth Edition

  • by Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.
Basic Economics, which has now been translated into six foreign languages, has grown so much that a large amount of material previously found in the back of the book has now been put online instead so that neither the book itself nor its price will have to expand. The central idea of Basic Economics, however, remains the same: The fundamental facts and principles of economics do not require jargon, graphs, or equations and can be learned in a relaxed and even enjoyable way.


What the Critics Say

“Clear and concise…Among economists of the past 30 years, [Sowell] stands very proud indeed.” (Wall Street Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Overwritten and One-sided...

Thoms Sowell's Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy was a greatly disappointing and annoying purchase for me. What I had hoped for was a clear and unbiased explanation of economic theory with some real world examples for clarification. What I got was a longwinded, one sided, and repetitious treatise on the superiority of unobstructed free market capitalism, using economic theory as its evidentiary platform.

There is a direct correlation between prices, supply and demand... Great! I get it. I do not wish to listen to an additional 45 minutes of questionable examples, of how minimum wage laws destroy jobs, or how rent control is the cause of homelessness in New York City. These aren't facts, they are conservative positions, demanding certain assumptions that may or may not be correct.

Nevertheless, I cannot deny that Sowell's Basic Economics is packed with information, and for this I give it two stars instead of one. Indeed if you find yourself aligned with its philosophy, you will no doubt enjoy your time with this audio book. If on the other hand you do not completely agree with the premise, or if you are one who likes to hear both sides, you may end up feeling like a participant in a brainwashing experiment, as you are inundated with endless examples of Sowell using economic theory as leverage in his argument for laissez-faire capitalism.
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- Robert


Any additional comments?

i didn't enjoy this book, but it does give an overview of basic economic concepts. unfortunately, despite its length the book did not teach me anything i didn't already know, and as the book goes on, it becomes increasingly focused on the evils of government intervention, and less so on explaining economic concepts. i could have done without the extensive libertarian diatribes. i'm a believer in free-market economics and the global economy, but the agenda was so clear and tone was often so biased and closed-minded that the experience was simply not fruitful for me. it's a shame because when sowell sticks to economics, he explains things quite effectively, but i'd have rather purchased a less partisan book.

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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-28-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.