Economics for Pleasure

Economics for Pleasure

Economics for Pleasure

Economics for Pleasure

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'Some men are so selfish that they read a book or go to a concert for their own sinister pleasure, instead of doing it to improve social conditions, as the good citizen does when drinking cocktails or playing bridge.' JACQUES BARZUN The Saturday Evening Post, 3 May 1958

I could write many weighty paragraphs explaining how useful and indeed essential it is for leaders of modern life to have some knowledge of economic theory; not only for the politician, the civil servant, the banker and the actuary, but also the schoolmaster, the journalist, the engineer, the agriculturist and many more. But such an assertion would be as dull as it is true. Instead, I want to plead that economics should be read by an even wider circle than those for whom it may be an indispensable means to professional effectiveness; that it should be read because it is interesting and even fascinating, that it should be read for enjoyment. But how can a subject be readable that requires the brain-teasing study of diagrams and equations? For those with a taste for formal geometry and algebra there are many excellent textbooks. This book is utterly free from all such apparatus. I would like you to read it, in the words of the Dean of Faculties of Columbia University, 'for your own sinister pleasure'.

G. L. S. SHACKLE

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