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A Little History of Economics
A Little History of Economics
By Niall Kishtainy
Yale University Press, 2017, 256 pp

This engaging book provides a nontechnical introduction to economic concepts by highlighting the innovations of leading thinkers from ancient Greece to modern times—from Plato and Aristotle to Tony Atkinson and Thomas Piketty. It ingeniously links key concepts from economics not just to government policies and the workings of big corporations but also to everyday family life and the day-to-day functioning of small companies. Reading this book is a pleasurable and easy way to become familiar with important economic ideas such as comparative advantage, unemployment, aggregate demand, inflation, and income inequality.