Felix Salmon reviews Tim Harford's The Undercover Economist Strikes Back:
By far the worst thing about it is the title. There is none of the Undercover Economist about this book, unless you include the dialogue style of writing…. Instead, what Harford has achieved with his new book is… while retaining the accessible style of popular microeconomics, he has managed to explain, with clarity and good humour, the knottiest and most important problems facing the world’s biggest economies today…. He explains these things in an unprecedentedly accessible way, making liberal use of quotations from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Dr Strangelove. By the end of it all, you will understand everything from liquidity traps to the Lucas critique--and your eyes won’t glaze over when reading about such things. Harford has written the “macroeconomics for beginners” book we have all been waiting for; I just wish that it had been published as such, and not as something targeting only Harford’s existing audience.