Basic Economics for Ordinary People

To be well informed, the average citizen doesn’t have to digest thick, heavy economics textbooks which are full of calculus. That’s the good news. Here’s the better news: there are some superb explanations of economics in very readable books, with little or no math. Here are some of the best I’ve found.

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These two books by Thomas Sowell, studied in order, form a superb introduction to economics and economic policy. Sowell is a master at explaining things without delving into difficult math — or much math at all, really. These are the first two books I recommend for any citizen who wants to understand economics sufficiently to comprehend current issues and to help a nation to remain free. They are surprisingly pleasant reading.

Others have recommended this introductory work; it’s in my pile of books to read:

I highly recommend this classic explanation of capitalism — that is, economic freedom:

Further suggestions are welcome, as are your thoughts on these books.

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