The cartoon introduction to economics

Grady Klein

Book - 2010

Award-winning illustrator Klein has paired up with the economist Bauman to create a clear and humorous introduction to microeconomics. Topics such as supply and demand, decision trees, taxes, auctions, risk investment, game theory, Pareto efficiency, Pareto improvement, marginal analysis, and price elasticity are presented

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Graphic novels
New York : Hill and Wang 2010-
1st ed
Item Description
"A novel graphic."
Physical Description
volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Grady Klein (author)
Other Authors
Yoram Bauman (author)
  • v. 1.
  • Microeconomics
  • v. 2.
  • Macroeconomics
Review by Booklist Review

Barging in on Larry Gonick's seeming monopoly, Klein and Bauman serve up a similar blend of humor and solid instruction on a topic everyone's supposed to know something about (besides history, Gonick's covered chemistry, computers, physics, the environment, statistics, genetics, and sex). Klein's zippy drawing looks like Gonick's, especially in its scribbly treatment of the figures' hair, though his preferences for relatively thick lines and bare-bones perspective (one item in front of another against distant or no backdrop) also conjure the work of the marvelous New Yorker cartoonist Lou Myers (1915-2005). Within three parts on The Optimizing Individual, Strategic Interactions, and Market Interactions, and explaining such bedrock economic concepts as risk, Pareto efficiency, game theory, auctions, supply and demand, and margins, Bauman's text, delivered by three figures whose lab coats and experimenter's clipboards suggest they're not just economists but scientists (and constitute a red flag to those who think social science is an oxymoron), bears out his self-characterization, the world's first and only stand-up economist. Probably the least dismal treatment of the dismal science ever.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

As a study aide, if you can get past-or roll with-the often-precious humor presented by humorist/Ph.D. Bauman, this book is well organized and direct, using its overviews to deflate some of the pomposity that surrounds economic theory. While pro-free trade, the book regards the theories it presents with a slight grain of salt, giving the reader an even broader view of economic history, with the trends that worked short- and long-term. Often, though, this is almost as tedious as an economics textbook-only those who are assigned a class in microeconomics might find some enjoyment in this book, a potential respite from their dry assignments. Also on the negative side, the drawings seem to be flat blobs. For those required to study the subject or already familiar with it, this has some value as a colorful brush up, but the merely curious may struggle. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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