Samir Amin reviews 'The Economics Anti-Textbook' and '23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism'
Samir Amin recently wrote a review (that appears here, and originally here) of The Economics Anti-Textbook and Ha-Joon Chang's 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, a book that I'm just starting to read now. It was certainly nice to read Amin's first sentence: "Every honest economics teacher absolutely must make the book written by Rod Hill and Tony Myatt ... compulsory reading for their students, fed almost exclusively on the conventional textbooks that are prescribed reading."
Amin's essay contains many of his own observations about how both books could have gone further, and is well worth reading.
For an introduction to Ha-Joon Chang's book, you can listen to him giving a talk about the book's themes here.
I'm Rod Hill, a professor of economics at the University of New Brunswick and the co-author, with Tony Myatt, of "The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics" (Zed Books, London & New York; Fernwood Books, Halifax & Winnipeg, 2010). The 2011 Indian edition was published by Books for Change (Bangalore). A Chinese translation has been published by Shiwenbooks, Beijing, and a Turkish translation appeared in 2017 published by Heretik Press, Ankara,. I will use this blog as a place to post discussion with readers of our book. We'll also use it to write further about economics textbooks and their content, as well as about new books coming out that critique textbook economics.
Feel free to write to us at rodntony [AT] gmail.com.