I subscribe to Learn out loud’s newsletter and so receive lists of books that you can get audio files of to podcast to yourself. You generally have to pay for these files, and because I have more than enough ways of spending my time including listening (well trying to listen) to way more free podcasts than I have time to listen to, I’ve not bought anything from them. But they do send bargains down the wire giving me free audio books every now and again – like Ben Franklin’s autobiography, which, sad to say I’ve not yet listened to.
BTAIM, I note that the latest newsletter has a long list of economics audio content. So I thought I’d share it with Troppodillians below the fold.
Learn About the Economy
Want to learn more about what’s happening with the economy? Want to get a better understanding of economics in general? We’ve compiled this list of the best downloadable audio books for learning about the economy including new releases on the current economic situation along with books on economic principles from respected authors. We’ll start of with some of the bestselling new releases on economics:House of Cards by William D. Cohan – Covers the collapse of the eighty-four-year-old financial institution Bear Stearns which went from boom to bust in a matter of months.
Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed – Looks at the decisions made by a small number of central bankers which Ahamed argues were the cause of the Great Depression in 1929.
Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods – A free market take on the current financial collapse in which Woods argues that the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.
The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash by Charles R. Morris – Discusses the sub-prime mortgage crisis and where the market went wrong and predicts much of the current economic downfall.
And if you’re looking for more general economic primers from the viewpoints of a number of economists and authors check out the following:
Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Ecomomy by Thomas Sowell – An enjoyable introduction to economics for the general public without graphs, statistics, or jargon.
Principles of Economics: Business, Banking, Finance, and Your Everyday Life by Professor Peter Navarro – College-level lecture course covering macro- and microeconomics and how these affect our everyday life.
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism by John C. Bogle – Founder and former chief executive of the Vanguard mutual fund group examines the failures of the American financial system and the grotesque abuses that have taken place in recent years, and shares recommendations for going forward.
The Big Three in Economics: John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, Adam Smith by Mark Skousen – Explores the battle of ideas of the three most influential economists in world history: Adam Smith, representing laissez faire, Karl Marx reflecting the radical socialist model, and John Maynard Keynes symbolizing big government and the welfare state.
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman – Influential American economist Milton Friedman details his belief in free market economics and his arguments against large central government planning and bureaucracy.
Wikinomics by Don Topscott
Freedomnomics by John Lott
We currently feature a number of titles on the global economy covering China and India:
The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage by Alexandra Harney – Author Harney uncovers the truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world, arguing that pricing pressure from Western companies has led to corruption, human misery, and environmental damage.
Think India: The Rise of the World’s Next Superpower and What It Means for Every American by Vinay Rai – One of India’s wealthiest men gives an insider’s view into his country’s dynamic transformation, revealing the forces and unique characteristics behind India’s meteoric economic rise.
Waking Dragon: The Emerging Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the World by Professor Peter Navarro – College-level lecture course covering China’s rapid economic growth in the past 30 years and the issues surrounding this growth.
You can browse all of our Economics audio downloads right here: