Foundations of Economic Prosperity : The Great Courses: Business & Economics

  • by The Great Courses, Daniel W. Drezner
  • Narrated by Professor Daniel W. Drezner
  • Series: The Great Courses: Business & Economics
  • 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.
In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics. Psychology, sociology, political science, and history also come into play. By taking this broad view, he leads you to fundamental insights about how the modern world works and an understanding of the functioning of the U.S., European, Chinese, and other major economies, as well as an appreciation for the special problems faced by underdeveloped nations.
These lectures introduce you to dozens of case histories that illustrate what works and doesn't work in the drive to increase economic growth. A superb storyteller, Professor Drezner reaches back to examples such as the policy called mercantilism that trapped European powers in growth-killing trade practices from the 16th to 18th centuries. And he anchors his analysis in the present with discussions of globalization, financial bubbles, and other economic phenomena in the news.As a start on your own road to greater prosperity, educate yourself with this unparalleled explanation of the foundations of economic prosperity.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Uninteresting, and unpleasant narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The topics are not that interesting, but what's more important is that Prof Drezner sounds like he's lecturing than narrating. I don't know how to describe it, but his tone is not harmonious to the ear. It's almost like yelling but calmly. I guess it's because my previous book was spoken softly and fluidly. This one, he makes each sentence sound like it's a major point. It's "loud" and out there.

Has Foundations of Economic Prosperity turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I like the topic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Daniel W. Drezner?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I feel like I didn't learn anything from this book because all the points spoken were so general, nothing specific.

Any additional comments?

I think Prof Drezner should soften his tone. It made my listening experience very unpleasant and I noticed it from the start.

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- Hallie

Very interesting.

Would you listen to Foundations of Economic Prosperity again? Why?

I listened to Foundations of Economic Prosperity twice. Will listen to it again.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way Professor Drezner made economic prosperity understandable on three levels.

Which scene was your favorite?

War is a major problem for national economic prosperity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Poor health is a major problem for individual economic prosperity.

Any additional comments?

Education is important for individuals in developed countries to increase economic prosperity.

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses