Title: The Price of Fish
Author: Michael Mainelli and Ian Harris
Page Count/Review Word Count: 328
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Despite the fact that this is a book about economics, you don’t have to be a financier to enjoy it. In fact, there’s a lot of value here for almost everyone who buys or sells something on a regular basis, whether you’re a stockbroker on Wall Street or a small business owner in rural Scotland. See, the whole world is complex and interlinked, and while it’s difficult to get your head around just how the global economy works in the age of the internet, this book is as good a place to start learning as any.
It can be a complicated read at times though, so you’ll want to make sure that there are no distractions before you start reading it – if you’ve got kids, there’s no chance whatsoever that you’ll be able to read it when they’re around, because it’s tough going as it is. If you understand exactly what the authors are talking about at all times then you’re a wiser man than I, but you don’t really need to worry about understanding each and every concept as long as you let the underlying principles sink in.
But don’t let that put you off, and don’t worry if the thought of reading about economics has never excited you, as long as it’s relevant. I can’t say that I’ve read loads of books about economics, and I’m sure that even the authors would agree that it’s a fairly dry subject in comparison to some others, but they’ve done a fantastic job of making it both interesting and educational, and trust me – that’s no easy task. Some of the stuff about game theory and the idea of time as a tradeable resource is fascinating, too.