A recent editor, Rupert Pennant-Rea, once described The Economist as “a Friday viewspaper, where the readers, with higher than average incomes, better than average minds but with less than average time, can test their opinions against ours. We try to tell the world about the world, to persuade the expert and reach the amateur, with an injection of opinion and argument.” Taken fom The Economist
In my introductory microeconomics class, I require students to write a book review in the style of The Economist. The Economist book reviews are so good that in many ways, once you have read the review you really don’t need to read the book–unless for pleasure of course! These reviews provide an excellent basis on which to decide if a particular book is worth your time. With respect to my class, I am very interested in reading the assignment because the book reviewed is Cocktail Party Economics. (Both The Economist and Cocktail Party Economics are published by Pearson.) Here is my promise to the class–I won’t read the names of the authors so my students can truly write in the spirit of The Economist (authors are anonymous). Opine away!