As we wrestle with tough questions regarding faith and economics, it’s helpful to have an understanding of basic economic facts.
For those just beginning to wade into the waters of economic thought here is a list of books that will help initiate that interest and the individual begin to grasp the important concepts. These books by no means represent a single small portion of the total books on economics. But here are some of the lighter ones:
- Basic Economics – A suitable primer for everyday people that explains the basics behind any type of economy.
- Economics in One Lesson – As the book bills itself, it’s one of the shortest, surest ways to understand basic economics.
- The Economics Book (Hardback) From Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, to Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes, to the top economic thought leaders of today, this is an essential reference for students and anyone else with an interest in how economies work.
- Freakenomics - What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common? Why do drug dealers live with their mothers? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How can your name affect how well you do in life? This title shows you a totally new way of seeing the world.
- The Undercover Economist - A brilliant and eye-opening explanation of the economics of everyday life - Britain's answer to FREAKONOMICS
- Economics for dummies - It pains me to suggest this book, but if you know nothing about Economics and would like to know more, then the ‘for dummies’ series may be your best bet, for inculcating yourself with the ideas and theory of economics - the book is called, inevitably, Economics for Dummies by Sean Masaki Flynn. Read and let the initiation to the money world start.
- The world is flat- A brand new look at all things is one of the reasons behind the tremendous success of the Thomas L. Friedman authored book The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. The book talks about all the things that has led to the ‘flattening’ up of the world; right from the coming of the Gutenberg Press, the industrial revolution to the advent of open source software, online knowledge sources like Wikipedia, blogging and communication sharing mediums like YouTube and podcasting.
- The argumentative indian - Amartya Sen’s book The Argumentative Indian. The book is not strictly about economics. It is about Indian culture, history and identity. The book also talks about the success of Indian democracy, India’s wide social and economic inequalities and where India stands in the world today.
- Spin-Free Economics - A straightforward guide to major economic policy debates.
- Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life - This introduction to game theory discusses how all people—from corporate executives to criminals under arrest—should and do make strategic decisions.
Please comment if you have some suggested reading.