What are the best introductory books on economics?

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    #1Capitalism and Freedom

    Capitalism and Freedom
    Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Milton Friedman is chosen by Times Literary Supplement as one of the most influential books since the war. This book features the economic philosophy of Friedman.

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    Keith Patterson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you want a crash course on economics, you need to know about capitalism. Capitalism is a vital part of economics and this book is a fantastic way to learn about it."
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    #2Basic Economics A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    Basic Economics A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    Sowell is a well-known member of the conservative political community. In "Basics economy" presents an introductory course in the economy with special attention to the public policy. He explains what is economics without complicated graphics.


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    Jason Morris
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I wanted a primer for my upcoming college econ class, and decided to pick up Basic Economics A Citizen's Guide to the Economy. I thought the book was ok, but it seemed a bit short on details and focused on too large of a picture. It wasn't a bad read, but I needed more something much more detailed for class."
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    Macroeconomics is a book by Paul Anthony Samuelson. This book is all about the different economic theories combined and explained in one book. It offers a step-by-step explanation that will make the topics clear. 


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    Juan Fisher
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I wanted a nice rundown on economics without having to pay for a college course. This book was nice as it broke down topics into small topics that made it easy enough for me to understand with no prior economics knowledge. It was easy to read with nice simple language so I never felt overwhelmed and too far outside my realm."
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    #4Economics For Dummies

    Economics For Dummies
    This is the 3rd edition of the complete guide by the series 'For Dummies' dedicated to the secrets of the economics. You'll be able to learn the consumer behaviour, the model of supply and demand, recognize the cause of recessions or identify the factors of inflation. 

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    Ankita Patel
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book was really informative on economics. I was able to understand it easily. If you are looking for a book about economics, than I would suggest to get this book. "
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    #5Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty is a book about Foreign Service Officers written by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson. This book was published by Crown Business.


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    Ángel Ochoa
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This was a book my Econ 101 teacher recommended to me, and it really is worth the read. This is great for people who know nothing of macroeconomics, and for those who've studied it for years. It offers new and refreshing insight without trying to remake the wheel."
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    #6The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations is a classical economical financial book about political thought written by Adam Smith. First published in 1776, this book is published in 2003 by Bantam Classics. This has over 1,000 pages.


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    Lisa Russell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book can be daunting just because of the sheer size of it. However, look beyond that if you want to read a book that has anything and everything you want to know about economics. This book truly does have it all, and I am encouraging all three of my children to read it so they can make the best decisions moving forward."
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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is a nonfiction economics business book written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. This is also the name of the website featuring economics radio shows.


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    Craig Graham
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Freakonomics has a reputation for bringing economics to the common person. The reputation is deserved, but like the authors explain when discussing the realtor scenario - always look for conflict of interest. Are the authors actually telling us the whole story, or are they just trying to sell their books - then their movie? Freakonomics is an OK beginner book, and I hope it bodes well for things to come, however it is not the ideal result of getting economic concepts into everyday hands. It is indeed distorted and manipulative in its own way."
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    #8Capital in the Twenty First Century

    Capital in the Twenty First Century

    Written by French economist Thomas Piketty, this book focuses in the wealth and income inequality in both the United States and Europe, revolving on the thesis that progressive wealth taxes are needed in order to achieve more equality and avoiding that a tiny minority controls the vast majority of wealth. 


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    Brandon Lawrence
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book isn't so much an introduction on economics as it is a book of very well written theories and opinions on the issues we currently face in economics today. A read I would suggest to anyone interested in economics, however."
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    #9The Art of Startup Fundraising

    The Art of Startup Fundraising
    The Art of Startup Fundraising is a book by Alejandro Cremades that teaches readers how to start raising money from your salary and how to make it grow. This book will help people who wants to save their money in the wisest way.

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    Deborah Bell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Art of Startup Fundraising is more a book for entrepenuers and start-ups. It's not a good introductory book on economics."
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    #10The Necessity of Finance

    The Necessity of Finance

    The Necessity of Finance is a book by Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV that explains how finance really works. The author incorporated it into everyday living so that the readers can easily grasp the concept and learn from it. 


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    Christina Pan
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I got this book to help me understand finances and how I can deal with finances in everyday sitautions. This book has been a lifesaver for me and I would highly recommend this book to everyone, especially people who are struggling with thier finances."
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    #11Man, Economy, and State

    Man, Economy, and State

    Man, Economy, and State is a book by Murray N. Rothbard examining welfare economics, antitrust, labor, taxation, public goods, and social insurance schemes in the view of an Austrian. It comes with insights on statistics and money supply.


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    #12New Ideas from Dead Economists

    New Ideas from Dead Economists

    New Ideas from Dead Economists is a book by Todd Buchholz. It compiles all the economic studies of the economists who already passed away. It proves how their knowledge can still help future economists. 


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    Rachel Hunter
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Well, I am glad that a book on Dead Economists might appeal to someone! I am sure Mr. Buchholz had a jolly old time researching writing this tome but i could not imagine anything more dull or boring. I figure ONLY future economists would get any pleaseure from this book. Than again that who this bookwas written for. I, myself would much rather read about the Gratful Dead!"
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    #13Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is a non-fiction book by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel, a renowned entrepreneur. It includes insights into how startup companies become successful.


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    Sandra Day
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I'm sure this is a great book and has many valuable lessons on money and the economy; but this isn't really an introductory book to economics. This book is more of a book for entrepreneurs and people looking to build their future by means of their very own a new company. If I ever decide to be my own boss, I'll remember this book. "
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    #14The Economics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Economics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)
    The Economics Book by Niall Kishtainy is a nonfiction biographical novel originally published in 2012. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing.

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    Ai Xu
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you're like me, you always want to try to learn more about the world and expand your horizons. Economics is so important to our lives, but few people know much about it. Sadly, I found this book kind of limited. It completely ignores a lot of ideas about economics, and oversimplifies in too many areas."
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    #15Auctions (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Auctions (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Auctions (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is an economics reference book written by Timothy P.Hubbard and Harry J. Paarsch. It was published January 6, 2016 by The MIT Press.


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    Amy Welch
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Okay, Auctions may be relevant if you want to learn the ins and outs of eBay but this book definitely does nothing to introduce someone to economics. You're probably better off taking an intro to Econ class or picking up a beginners textbook"


Best What are the best introductory books on economics
1Capitalism and FreedomBooks 35 Paid
2Basic Economics A Citizen's Guide to the EconomyBooks 33 Paid
3MacroeconomicsBooks 32 Paid
4Economics For DummiesBooks 31 Paid
5Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and PovertyBooks 27 Paid
6The Wealth of NationsBooks 26 Paid
7FreakonomicsWebsites 15 Free
8Capital in the Twenty First CenturyBooks 6 Paid
9The Art of Startup FundraisingBooks 5 Paid
10The Necessity of FinanceBooks 5 Paid

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