Michelle Greenwood's Reviews > The Passionate Economist: Finding the Power and Humanity Behind the Numbers

The Passionate Economist by Diane Swonk
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Jul 13, 09

bookshelves: business-econ
Read in July, 2009

I grabbed this book at the library because it was on the shelf next to another. New to Swonk, I thought it would be a light read that would help familiarize me with the various Economic Indicators and Reports.

Though not difficult, it is much more than that.

Swonk manages to personalize economics without dumbing it down. Her analysis shows through at every juncture, but her willingness to share the details of her life does make the topic more accessible. Understanding how she came to economics as an under graduate immediately humanizes the subject and, it is difficult to forget her horror, she was there, at the Twin Tours on 9/11.

Her analysis througout the book as well as her unique discussion on Structural Changes vs. Transitory Changes have framed my ability to filter the daily news headlines in exactly the matter I was hoping to learn.
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