Accessible economics through comics
Economix: How Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work)
by Michael Goodwin (Writer) and Dan E. Burr (Illustrator)
2012, 304 pages, 6.5 x 9.1 x 1
$15 Buy a copy on Amazon
Reading Economix is like taking an Econ 101 class with a teacher who is fun, clear, and thoroughly engaging. Told in comic book form, which I found to be a wonderful way to tackle a complex and sometimes dry subject, Michael Goodwin examines the history of economics to explain how it works (and doesn’t work).
It’s amazing how comprehensive this graphic tutorial is, covering everything from how the farming economy evolved into a capitalist economy (in the western world), to how a free market works; how steam engines transformed our modern economy; the philosophies of many different economists from Adam Smith, to Thomas Malthus, Friedrich Engels, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, and more; the economic lead-up to and aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II; how suburbs and cars factored into the economy (and the other way around); how mass media and politics are intertwined with the economy; how big business and big government are also intertwined – and their relationship with our modern economy; Reaganomics; Occupy Wall Street… Okay, I’ll stop here, as the list just goes on and on. Approachable, accessible, and thought-provoking, Economix is a great read for anyone interested in how our world works.
– Carla Sinclair
FUN FACT: I was an economics major in college, and I always referred to the field as “ecocomics”.