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Discover Your Inner Economist by Tyler Cowen
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Sep 11, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: audiobook
Recommended for: Those with no common sense
Read in September, 2008

This book is an odd duck. There's plenty of self-help based on economic theories, but most of it is along the lines of What Would Adam Smith Do?: How to Crush Your Competitors and Make $3 Billion in 3 Days. Unlike the standard airport fare, Cowen spends almost half of the book describing on how an economics professor decides which restaurants to visit. He also considers such instructive questions as, Which kinds of econ profs flaunt their degrees, and which don't?

At this point in the review, it may seem that I was unable to detect any reason behind the rambling. Let me assure you, Cowen does make his lessons relevant to the lives of his readers. Unfortunately, most of the advice will be familiar to all but the dullest reader. In this sense, he has not departed from the mainstream of self-help writing.

Since Cowen mentions blogging conferences in the book, I can't help but wonder if this book was cobbled together from the author's previous blog posts and hastily marketed to the space created by Freakonomics.

Narration was flat, but perfectly serviceable.
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