Is your head swimming with all of the economic “stuff” that is coming at you seemingly at the speed of light in the news? Does some of it just hit you like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that only “economists” can understand? I confess I felt that way for a long time until recently when I decided to just stick my neck out there and try to at least begin to understand, at its very core, what is happening with the economy and why. I had to start at the most basic, most accessible level because… well, I’m more of a “liberal arts” person and less of a “numbers” person. The great thing I’ve found about economics though is that it actually is much more “liberal artsy” than it might first strike you.
So I bought the book Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (contributor to the following publications at various times in his life: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The American Mercury, among other publications.), originally written in 1946.
I didn’t want a book that pitted me for or against any certain current politician but rather weighed economic philosophies against each other on a rational level in an easy to read format so I figured a book written over 50 years ago would be safe from mentioning current politicians. However, as I have read through it (aside from some of the actual prices of things mentioned being so different) it has been remarkable to see how closely the situations we are seeing played out today were delineated and discussed in the book, almost as if it was written for today, which speaks to the timeless nature of economic philosophies in general. This book fulfilled my non-partisan (non-name-mentioning) mandate quite well for me. Do I sound like a commercial? I don’t mean to… Well, okay so maybe I do… because this book is wonderful and easily digestible. I’m only half-way through it but it is so easy to read and makes such good sense that I want to pass it on.
In fact, I want to pass it on so much that I am going to give one copy to 5 people. Leave a comment on this post and/or on my FB note and I will randomly select the winners (so if you are a FB friend you can actually enter twice… please don’t request me as a FB friend just for this purpose though… if I don’t recognize your name as one of my regular readers or people I “know” online to some extent, I will not accept your request.) Please only enter if you will actually read the book! But if you care about what is happening with the economy today at all, you should want to read this book. (Family members, please abstain from entering. Sorry! Just want to be fair.) Giveaway closes on Friday the 27th at 11:59 p.m.
I realize giving away a book on economics isn’t the sexiest of giveaways but you know… I don’t care. Some things that should be common knowledge just aren’t sexy topics!
This contest is now closed! Thanks for playing!