It’s okay to admit it: economics wasn’t your strongest subject in school. (It wasn’t ours, either.) Maybe your teacher was a bore, or maybe you used classtime to get some extra shut-eye.
But here in the real world, you’re realizing that some econ knowledge would really help with managing your money and keeping up with water cooler conversation. So for a five-book crash course in modern economics, check out the eye-opening reads below.
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There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women: Making Finance Work for Women
By Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Microfinance has been hailed as an economic lifeline for women in developing countries—but, as the CEO of Women’s World Banking shows, it takes more than microloans to empower women and promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Mary Ellen Iskenderian, in the Next Big Idea App
Present Future: Business, Science, and the Deep Tech Revolution
By Guy Perelmuter
“Perelmuter draws upon his own experiences as a successful tech entrepreneur and investor, and the writings of dozens of other experts, to highlight the most important implications of multiple emerging technologies.” – Ben Casnocha, investor. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Guy Perelmuter, in the Next Big Idea App
Money, Magic, and How to Dismantle a Financial Bomb: Quantum Economics for the Real World
By David Orrell
In this colorful tour of the history, philosophy, and mathematics of money, an applied mathematician demonstrates how everything makes much more sense when we replace our classical economic models with ones based on quantum probability. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author David Orrell, in the Next Big Idea App
Two and Twenty: How the Masters of Private Equity Always Win
By Sachin Khajuria
Private equity has succeeded in near-stealth—until now. In Two and Twenty, a former partner at Apollo gives readers an unprecedented view inside this opaque global economic engine, which plays a vital role underpinning our retirement systems. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Sachin Khajuria, in the Next Big Idea App
The New Megatrends: Seeing Clearly in the Age of Disruption
By Marian Salzman
A pioneering forecaster predicts the trends and technologies that will shape global culture and commerce in the next two decades—a must-read guide for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking for an edge. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Marian Salzman, in the Next Big Idea App
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