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New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought

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Featuring brand new sections on the remarkable shifts in the world economy, this economic study is a relevant, entertaining, and fascinating guide for those seeking both a solid lesson on the development of economic theory throughout the past two hundred years and a balanced perspective of our current economic state on the brink of the millennium.By applying age-old econom ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Plume (first published 1989)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Dec 11, 2015 Ahmad Ebaid marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
تحذير متأخر قليلاً. لكن ترجمة "المكتبة الأكاديمية" لهذا الكتاب هي أسوأ ترجمة قابلتها على الإطلاق؛ فمعظم ترجمات العبارات مغلوطة تماماً.
ولا أستطيع تخيل كيف آلت الأمور إلى هذا الهراء, وكيف واتتهم الشجاعة لنشره, ولا أستطيع أن أتخيل كيف أن الدكتور حازم الببلاوي موضوع اسمه كمراجع للكتاب.

ومن حسن الحظ أنه هنالك ترجمة بديلة ممتازة, أصدرتها "مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة" أو "كلمات عربية". وقد قارنتها بنفسي مع الترجمة الأخرى.

ومن الجزء البسيط الذي قرأته, فالكتاب رائع, بتفاصيل صغيرة مميزة.

A comprehensive but ideologically biased economics history

There are a couple of points that are good to know before you pick up this short economics history. First, the title is misleading, it is not “new ideas”, but just “ideas” form dead economists. Second, it is not only theories (ideas), but also biography (at least sometimes). The latter is where the book fails the most. I’ll come back to this later.

This is a history of ideas book, but it is also a saga of how modern economy (the dismal sci
Sarah Shahid
هذا الكتاب هو عبارة عن النسخة المعاصرة من كتب تاريخ الأفكار الاقتصادية والتي اعتدنا دراستها عند دراستنا للاقتصاد

لقد بدأ بلمحة بسيطة عن المركانتيليين وبعدها بدأ بدراسة أفكار آدم سميث "أب الاقتصاد الحديث" والأب الفكري لليبرالية الاقتصادية، وتابع دراسته مروراً بريكاردو، ماركس، جون ستيوارت مل، مارشال، كينز وأخيراً ميلتون فريدمان والمدرسة النقدية ويليه مدرسة التوقعات العقلانية وأهم ناقديها المدرسة السلوكية

يتميز هذا الكتاب بالموضوعية وعدم التحيز لآراء مفكّر معين أو إنكار جهد مفكّر آخر، كما أنه يقوم بإ
Omar Halabieh
Sep 08, 2012 Omar Halabieh rated it it was amazing
The main premise of the book, is best summarized by the author: "It is striking that so many of the lessons of the great economists still speak to us. Each of their wisest theories has a practical point or analogy today. This book seeks their wisdom by looking at mainstream economics and asking, Who first had these insights and built these durable models? We can learn from the masters."

Todd then embarks his readers on a journey through the contributions of the greatest economists of our time. Cl
Abdullah Alzahim
Sep 22, 2015 Abdullah Alzahim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أعجبني الكتاب كثيرا خصوصا انه يتحدث عن موضوع قليل من الناس يعرفه وكثير من الناس يخاف منه ألا وهو الاقتصاد. في الحقيقة ليست لدي خلفية كبيرة عن الاقتصاد إلا ما قرأته من بعض الكتب المشهورة مثل Freakonomics و thinking fast and slow. بعد قراءة هذا الكتاب قررت أن اخذ دوره اكاديمية فيما بعد الاقتصاد عن طريق موقع رواق الإلكتروني الذي يقدم حضرات اكاديمية متخصصة.

هذا الكتاب بشكل عام يتطرق لتاريخ علم الاقتصاد والمؤثرين فيه والمدارس الاقتصادية بالإضافة إلى أثر كل فكر أو مدرسة اقتصادية على حياتنا اليومية.
Nov 15, 2008 Jan rated it really liked it
An extremely entertaining survey of economic thought through history; the author offers brief biographies of economics' most influential figures from each angle we might care to examine: their personalities, the intellectual development of their discipline, and their impact on the world, then and now. Most fascinating are the portraits of the "outliers" in economic history who don't really have a place in the mainstream anymore: Mill, Marx, Veblen.
Dec 07, 2008 Ine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Ideas is sapped principles of economic from our forefathers such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Keynes, also includes German angry economist, Karl Marx. Do not being fooled by its comical appearance, I red the book twice and still have blur vision of how macro economy works according to them. It is brilliantly presented by Buccholz with colloquial and witty metaphor. If you are interested in consumer-demand-price-supply tidbits, then read this one…
Diana Ouma
People always give me a look when I say I love and study ECONOMICS. But just as reading is one my passions, the makings of business and the world is my passion too. It is hard to understand from an outsider, but i find economics interesting and soothing at the same time. It gets my brain to work at a different frequency; a frequency of models, numbers, and history.

Anyways, Todd G. Buchholz brought together my two passions, reading and economics. His prose is soo humorous yet undeniably intellig
Jun 26, 2007 adam rated it really liked it
Boy, I thought this was really good! I'm kicking myself that I never really studied Economics in school, so I have to resort to reading books like this...but there's not much you could do to improve this as a solid, fun (what?) economics primer.
أحمد كشيكش
من جهة الكتاب أكبر من سابقه - كتاب الببلاوي - و أكثر تفصيلا و من جهة أخرى أسلوب الكاتب أكثر سهولة و إمتاعا من أسلوب الببلاوي
مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة
تحميل مقتطفات من هذا الكتاب مجانًا
Justin Tapp
I learned an amazing amount from this book which will translate immediately into me teaching an amazing amount in a Jan term course on economic and financial thought in a few weeks.

Buchholz's history of economic thought is very readable with his witty humor. It definitely helps to have at least had some principles classes to completely understand the thoughts he explains, but he uses some simple explanations that are easy to follow. The history is great.

I now understand the syntheses of the econ
Nick Huntington-Klein
An interesting take on the history of economic thought. Much is sacrificed here on the altar of readability, with much more emphasis on biography and ideological point-scoring between various camps, but at least the book does turn out very readable. And the broad strokes are correct, as far as I can tell.

Definitely takes an ideological stance, and doesn't shy away from passing judgment on various schools and researchers. Again, this adds to how engaging the book is (whether you're rooting him on
Feb 03, 2008 Jared rated it it was amazing
Economics textbooks are notoriously boring—riddled with oversimplified examples of Robinson Crusoe building huts and Friday gathering coconuts. Buchholz finally published something that anyone will find amusing, even if you are only marginally interested in the study of economics. His sharp and satiric writing is unparalleled in anything I have read that so accurately describes modern economic thought. Milton Friedman, the father of the Monetarists and who has a chapter dedicated to him as one o ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Tanya rated it really liked it
I have never taken an economics class; everything I know about the subject has been gleaned from intertwining disciplines. So I can't really evaluate how accurately this book presents economic principles. All I know is that I was fascinated by the new knowledge I was gaining... at least for the first 2/3rds of the book. Then it started getting really complicated talking about the income velocity of money and Keynesian theory of government spending spurring the economy to fill the gap when privat ...more
Kirk Battle
Mar 29, 2013 Kirk Battle rated it really liked it
'New Ideas from Dead Economists' which is a fantastic introduction to economics that was suggested by a friend of mine. On audiobook I'm listening to Sir Thomas More's 'Utopia', which is weird as fuck but interesting in its own way.

Medieval Economics is interesting because it's basically pre-money. They had money, of course, but it's still attached to goods and services. There's no piles of gold or jewels to represent wealth, it comes in the form of food, resources, and labor. And man did it suc
Allen Chen
Nov 30, 2013 Allen Chen rated it did not like it
This book was a severe disappointment. First, Buchholz is obviously competent and a smart economist. He can throw in humorous factoids and create a general narrative of their lives. There is certainly a lot of data in this book. And on the whole, I probably agree with the author politically. But, I'm rating it the lowest I can give it because Buchholz made a horrible book to teach people economics, doesn't say that his opinion influences it and so is dishonest, and provided it disorganized and a ...more
Nov 10, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in money/finance, biographies/history
With the world economy in a tailspin, now is as good a time as any to pick up this book and let it all sink in.

Buchholz does a great job making this hard to grapple with topic one that you can almost give a choke hold to or even a body slam. A second reading may give you confidence for a Steel Cage Match. To be honest, trying to formulate my own responses to our current financial crisis, I was still a bit dazed myself. But, I think I'm grasping news articles better.

I thoroughly enjoyed the mini
Sep 07, 2014 Krollo rated it it was amazing
Unlike Levitt or Harford, this book is not afraid of going into deep economic concepts. The sheer joy of knowing is wonderful. Almost every pertinent detail of economics from its birth has been covered and explained in good detail. There's also just the right amount of anecdotes as a little interlude from the heavy stuff. If you want a decent, well rounded view of economics, this is the book to get.
Dec 24, 2012 Ilya rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
Similarly to Robert Heilbroner's better-written The Worldly Philosophers, this book is an introduction to economic ideas through the lives and work of several famous economists. Both Buchholz and Heilbroner start with Adam Smith's defense of the free market, Thomas Malthus's realization that resources are finite and can be consumed by population growth, and David Ricardo's notion of comparative advantage. However, Heilbroner's book stops at Joseph Schumpeter's creative destruction, and Buchholz' ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Kip rated it really liked it
Was a very good review of economics; quite readable. Includes simple biographies of economists to make it more readable. Few formulas. Was good for me to review.
Dan Cohen
Jul 12, 2014 Dan Cohen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for the lay person wanting to get an understanding of the basic concepts and the history of economics. There's a chapter devoted to each of the major historical figures in the development of the subject and their key ideas. For example, it proveds an understanding of the 80's fashion for monetarism - putting this into the context of the preceding Keynesianism and modern thinking on the debate. The style is very light and jokey. While this makes the book easy to read and enjoy ...more
Austin Rory
Jan 02, 2012 Austin Rory rated it really liked it
Great review of the development of economic thought. I recommend it for anyone that wants to get a grasp on the theoretical issues of economics and the financial roles of government. It uses each of the most historically prominent economists and gives a good (and very readable) description of their ideas, followed by some of the most important critiques of each school of thought. I felt like the book had a lean to it (a lean that I tended to agree with), so it critiqued some people harsher than ...more
Trinity School Summer Reading
The book delivers what the title offers—a survey of some of the big economic thinkers and their big ideas.
Jul 21, 2010 Kirt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
I've always liked economics since the economics section of an American Heritage class in college. So when I saw how much people liked this book I thought I would try it out. I loved it. Buchholz does a great job covering past economists and educating the reader on basic economic principles. A great crash course into economics. Economics is like politics though, with two sides to everything, and I think Buchholz did a good job presenting both sides. I learned a great deal from the book and maybe ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it
I read this book a few years ago, but so many of the ideas have stuck with me. If you are looking for a funny, accessible book to broaden your understanding of economics, New Ideas From Dead Economists is for you. Covering famous names like Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, Thomas Malthus and so many others, Buchholz will teach you how these dead economists relate to our current capitalist economy in no time. For a book read for class, I liked this surprisingly well and am still using knowledge g ...more
Walid Kamal
حلو بس ليس لكل الناس فيه اسراف في الحق الألهي
Matthew Hovey
Sep 04, 2014 Matthew Hovey rated it it was amazing
Entertaining Econ history book.
Jul 20, 2014 Safar added it
مراجعة ممتازة للتاريخ الاقتصادي
Apr 06, 2009 Laurel rated it really liked it
Considering I usually don't enjoy non-fiction books, this one was very interesting. I'll admit that I had to read it for my economics class, but I read it in a couple of days because it wasn't tedious. Buchholz uses casual language, wit and stories to explain economists and their theories, but also makes it interesting and fun. I really learned a great deal, and enjoyed myself while doing it. I think I may even understand economics a little better. If I could find more non-fiction books like thi ...more
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A well-known American economist and a former senior economic advisor at the White House, Buchholz holds advanced degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard, where he won the Allyn Young Teaching Prize. Buchholz is known for being on the short list for Federal Reserve considerations in 2006. He frequently writes for newspapers such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, in addition t ...more
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