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Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy - Tim Harford

31-07-2018

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Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

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Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy

Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy
Fifty Things that Shaped the Modern Economy paints the epic picture of economic change in an intimate way, by telling the stories of tools and ideas that had far-reaching and unexpected consequences.

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Hidden connections will be laid bare: how the barcode undermined family corner shops; why the gramophone widened inequality; how barbed wire shaped America. We'll meet the characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, or were ruined by them. We'll trace the economic principles that help to explain their transformative effects. And we'll ask what lessons we can learn to make wise use of future inventions, in a world where the pace of innovation will only accelerate.

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Harford's richness of detail bespeaks skill both as an economic analyst and as a popular commentator. His sections on barbed wire, passports, the contraceptive pill, infant formula, the bar code and even that IKEAstaple, the Billy bookcase, are well researched, racily written and genuinely thought-provoking. His five page essay on the pill is infinitely subtler (and more feminist) than the usual stuff about empowerment . . . This is an entertaining book that might distract you from your gramophone for more than an evening and will find a secure place beside Harford's other books on your Billy bookcase. * Times Literary Supplement * Packed with fascinating detail . . . Harford has an engagingly wry style and his book is a superb introduction to some of the most vital products of human ingenuity * Sunday Times * Short chapters are a delight in this frenetic age . . . Best of all, the book is constantly surprising. It brims with innovations I didn't know about, as well as ones I thought I knew about but did not * The Times * Harford's script is immaculate and so is his presentation * Times of India on BBC World Service's Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy * This is what BBC radio is for. The series is utterly compelling and low-key... Just brilliant ideas, told simply. A wonderful, wonderful programme * The Times on BBC World Service's Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy * They are real masterpieces of brevity and audio storytelling . . . brilliant sideways glances . . . I've been surprised by every episode * Monocle Arts Review on BBC World Service's Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy * I love these fact-filled micro-documentaries, steeped in history... A masterclass in socioeconomic storytelling * Financial Times on BBC World Service's Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy *
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