I got hold of this ebook.
Harford exposes the dark underbelly of capitalism in Undercover Economist. Compared with Steven Levittâ€™s and Stephen J. Dubnerâ€™s popular Freakonomics (*** July/Aug 2005), the book uses simple, playful examples (written in plain English) to elucidate complex economic theories.
Critics agree that the book will grip readers interested in understanding free-market forces but disagree about Harfordâ€™s approach. Some thought the author mastered the small ideas while keeping in sight the larger context of globalization; others faulted Harford for failing to criticize certain economic theories and to ground his arguments in political, organizational structures. Either way, his case studiesâ€”some entertaining, others indicative of times to comeâ€”will make you think twice about that cup of coffee.