The Economic Naturalist’s Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times

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Ask a dozen talking heads about how the economy works and what course of action we should take and you’ll get thirteen different answers. But what if we possessed a handful of basic principles that could guide our decisions—both the personal ones about what to buy and how to spend but also those national ones that have been capturing the headlines? Robert H. Frank, (a.k.a. the Economic Naturalist) has been illustrating those principles longer and more clearly than anyone else. In The Economic Naturalist’s Field Guide, he reveals how they play out in Washington, on Wall Street, and in our own lives, covering everything from tax policy to financial investment to everyday decisions about saving and spending. In today’s uncertain economic climate, The Economic Naturalist’s Field Guide’s insights have more bearing on our pocketbooks, policies, and personal happiness than ever.

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Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management and a regular economics columnist for the New York Times. His previous books include Falling Behind, The Winner-Take-All Society, Luxury Fever, and Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke). Frank's many awards include the Apple Distinguished Teaching Award and the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Humans may be rational animals, but many of our decisions are poorly thought through. That's the main idea behind Robert Frank's latest book, which examines and challenges the economic choices we make. Narrator Patrick Lawlor's style is well suited to audiobooks that try to persuade and explain; he uses frequent rhetorical pauses and strongly emphasizes important phrases. That makes him a fine match for Frank's arguments, which are incisive and often surprising, even after one knows his political bent. Most items take only a few minutes to listen to--they are past columns from the NEW YORK TIMES--and they're well organized into an insightful, entertaining collection. D.B. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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