Chang wants to get people interested in economics since it influences our lives whether we are aware of it or not. Not sure if the book reaches that goal but it is an informative and well written introduction to economics.
I like Prof. Chang, I really do. But some economists simply don't understand economics because they know little of finance, although they may write extensively of it. Prof. Chang writes about credit derivatives and swaps [and pointedly on credit default swap] without even remotely explaining what they are to the reader, only repeating the brochure definition - - doesn't make it! Prof. Chang states that neoliberalism succeeded in Chile [although he does kinda qualify it as at a human cost - - the kidnapping, torture and horrific killing of over 30,000 Chileans, with the end frequently flying them out 50 miles to sea to shark-infested waters and dropping them in the ocean!] - - but I know of many Chileans who would strongly disagree with the professor. Confusing book as compared to what it could have been! [This book reminds me of Bernanke's highschoolish paper on the Great Depression, leaving out the illegal monies washed through the NYSE from Prohibition and the securitization of stocks. Et cetera.]
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