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Görünmez Kalp: Bir İktisadiyat Romanı

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  698 ratings  ·  99 reviews
“Adamın biri ölmüş,” dedi Sam, “ve kendisini dünyanın en güzel alabalık nehrinin kenarında bulmuş. Gökyüzü masmaviymiş ve adamın elinde en kalitelisinden bir de olta duruyormuş. Önünde bir nehir uzanıyormuş, mükemmel bir alabalık ırmağı, kimi yerde hızlı, kimi yerde yavaş akan bir su kütlesi. Adam bütün ömrü boyunca ‘ah balık tutacak biraz vaktim olsa,’ der dururmuş meğer. ...more
Paperback, 7. Baskı, 429 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by BB101 Yayınları (first published 2001)
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Robb Bridson
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a book I had to read for Microeconomics, it's not bad.
It seems to focus more on neo-liberal apologia than economic thought. It makes a good point on the inaccuracy and unfairness of television, but in a blunt manner.
The characters are lifeless, bland devices, acting either as strawmen or as the author's mouthpiece (slightly ironic, given the author's points about TV).

I can see how people would enjoy it if they enjoy stories that are just simplified philosophy in text format (it's a lot
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do you get teenage girls interested in economics?
Write a romance novel of course.
Just kidding. The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance by Russell Roberts is a terrific read almost impossible to put down. Sam Gordon is an economics teacher at a prestigious high school for the wealthy elite of the DC area, Laura Silver is the new literature teacher. Using their budding friendship and romance, Roberts explores various ideas and arguments in the economic world, from paychecks to exporting
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Russell Roberts’ main character states “Capitalism involves struggle, but it has an invisible heart beating at its core that transforms people’s lives.”1 in his first novel The Invisible Heart, an Economic Romance. Capitalism, like Wall Street, the 1%, Big Oil, and many other economic entities are the popular scapegoats of the media and politicians, and because the public has little economic knowledge, they are easily manipulated to believe the myths, half-truths and downright lies about our ...more
Ryan Lackey
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty ambitious, and while it didn’t completely succeed, that it was attempted at all competently makes it a good book. Basically, it is a “nicer” or “better” form of an Ayn Rand book — a romance novel (so, aimed at young women?) with a free market/libertarian economics message at core. There are some areas where it was a bit heavy handed (Rand-esque) with extended monologues about economics, and some bad guys who were caricatures. However, it is still interesting.
Michael Galdamez
An economics novel? How does that work?

Surprisingly enough, it works pretty well.

The main characters are high school teachers, Sam Gordon, teaching economics, and Laura Silver, a literature teacher. Sam is very, very conservative when it comes to economics, while Laura is a little more easy-going about it (not a full-blown socialist, thankfully, for the sake of realism). The novel is supposed to be a romance (at least in name only), but it really isn't much of one. It only gets that title
Benjamin Hare
Feb 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A thoroughly modern capitalist apologetic, using Sam Gordon, a High School economics professor as mouthpiece. He's attracted to Laura, a young teacher who is herself a typical, reflexive statist. They spar with words but their attraction continues to build, despite such conflicting views. Two mysteries are introduced; one concerning the villainous CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and a second concerning Sam himself. While the book attempts to deal with big ideas—freedom, liberty, responsibility— ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to agree with all the reviews. The Invisible Heart fails as a work of fiction. I do believe it works as an economics/philosophy book. Thinly veiled by a budding romance formed by an unlikely couple, the work is really a series of dialogues about free market economics and the values that it promotes. The discussions shows the multitude of perspectives around complex economic arguments, but convincingly demonstrates why a free market system is superior to the interventionist approaches that ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed Russ Roberts' podcast "EconTalk" and so am familiar with the concepts in this book but it is still an excellent summary of the economic way of thinking and quite possibly the best introduction to it.

Russ isn't going to win any awards for a compelling romance but he does make good use of the story to convey the concepts he wants to teach. It was engaging and entertaining and I'd highly recommend it. I think anyone will take at least something away from it and I think most
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An economic lesson in capitalism using a "novel" approach. I had to begin reading this book twice, but the second time I actually paid attention and understood the two main characters. There is a side story that surprised me - pleasantly. This book puts forth arguments in interesting ways. You can grow to like and dislike the characters and agree and disagree with their positions, but in the end the story is about an actual romance. It's an academic story with a personal twist. I would recommend ...more
Tam Nguyen
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economic
I think every VEPR students should read this book because somehow it summarizes all the basic ideas in the course. It clears my thinking on this unfettered economic system too. Everyone is trying to oppose it. Sometimes I feel shaken, but classical liberalism is really a most natural system of thought which supports regulating a self-governed system. The market is realistic, and we have to accept it if we want to make a better world.
Sasha (whispersofthesilentwind)
Note: I had to read for school.

I would have probably enjoyed this romance more if ALL of the conversations they had weren't bogged down with economics. This book did the trick with economics though. I disliked how they ended Erica & Charles story. They didn't give us any closure.
Laura and Sam were really one dimensional for me. They didn't work.

This book as a work of fiction 1 star; as work of economics 3 stars. Hence the 2 star rating.
The Invisible Heart is an oddly sweet argument introduction to the thinking behind classically liberal economics, taking the form of a dialogue between one Sam Gordon, an economics professor, and Laura Silver, an idealistic English instructor who has just begun working at the same private school as Sam. The two hit it off immediately, even though Laura thinks economists are soulless cretins obsessed with money at the expense of the noble expressions of the human spirit, like art and safety ...more
I picked this up after learning that the host of the popular EconTalk podcast has also written novels, with an economics bent (along with rap videos.. although that's a different story!).

For any long-time listeners of EconTalk, none of the book's economics lessons will strike as new. In fact there is an opportunity to play the EconTalk bingo with this book, although Adam Smith's “Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely" does not, surprisingly, make an appearance! The knock
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For what this book is--a narrative vehicle for articulating free market economics and a liberty-loving worldview--it is simply fantastic. It's not Austen or Homer, but it does succeed at presenting a believable romance and lots of very readable conversations about government, money, regulation, prices, and the unintended and often unforeseen consequences of state meddling. Really enjoyable, and very helpful in defending against some of the more difficult (mis)characterizations of a liberty ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Robbie Pateder
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for people to get a richer understanding of free-market economics and libertarian economic theory and general economic principles. I learned a lot from the exposition of concepts from this book and the classic "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Very well written, unique book. While, obviously, it was a persuasive piece, it did help me to identify many of the economic issues facing Western nations. Roberts is a clever writer and persuader and, while I don't agree with everything in this book, he does make some great points.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good simple story to understand the power of free markets, and the ability of customers to vote with their dollars.

Taught me a lot about economics, which was the goal haha
Eduardo Blasco
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. I couldn’t put it down. Beautiful way to show what economics has to offer.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serves its purpose

This book serves its purpose as an easy read to understand economics but the storyline falls flat as do the characters.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A textbook that reads like a novel! Intriguing and interesting. Would recommend for anyone wanting an intellectual yet light read.
Emma Hinkle
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting book that weaves capitalist views throughout the story, explaining them well and in the context of conversation.
Mason L
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lacked the intriguing plot you'd wish the book had. The economic concepts were fair enough, but the bad outweighed the good.
4.5, the novel really does enlighten you to think from both perspectives rather than just your own belief.
Cherif Jazra
This book is targeted to youth, probably senior high schoolers and as such must be reviewed. In terms of language, its short sentences and narrative forms probably puts it in a 9 or 10th grade difficulty, while the topic it aims to explain are for an older audience. It thus tries by this effect, to make simpler what is more complex and possibly qualifies as a propagandist kind of a literature. Perhaps the word is too strong, but I wish to caution the reader that "too simple" sometimes leads one ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was required reading for my Microeconomics class in junior college. I couldn't find a copy until, maybe three days before it was due, a classmate finished his and lent it to me, which left me little time to digest it. It's pretty short though, just your basic cheesy paperback romance, without the sex, ladies. But the main character poses some interesting theories about law, society, and, of course, economics. He sees everything in a different light and has alternate solutions for some major ...more
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a watered down version of Ayn Rand's more readable and more entertaining The Fountainhead. Before I go any further, I'd like to point out that I consider myself to be a libertarian-leaning moderate. One day, I'd like to think that I'm well-read and wise enough that I could be the bridge between Karl Marx and Milton Friedman. Until that day comes though, I'll just have to analyze things for what they are with my own, relatively neutral lens.

Which brings me to this story. As an economics
Mahala Helf
PASSIONATE about the free market!
SENSUAL about stir-frying!

Set in an upper class private school, this sweet treatise presents the most stereotyped of unthinking liberals as no match for the brilliant incisive yet meant to be endearing prophet of unfettered capitalism. Well -edited, it's a cleverly constructed but undisguised &simplistic intro to economics curriculum which exposes naive liberalism to the common sense of Adam Smith as if Milton Friedman were the only economist since him.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does it take to justify conservative ideology? A story that is hugely biased, representing the antisocial, antihuman, apathetic, arrogant protagonist as a victim from all angles. This book is as cringeworthy to a well educated person, as is Trump presidency. The sheer effort author put in writing propaganda material to brainwash young college kids, is scary to say least. I am giving two stars for keeping the story easy and exciting while stating some good stats and facts. I sincerely hope ...more
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