Voodoo Anyone? How to Understand Economics Without Really Trying

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A book that will explain today's crises on whatever day you read it on. In revolutions and recoveries, few issues in the news do not have an economic component but most of these topics are not covered well, if at all. From the Great Depression to gas lines in the 1970s to turn-of-the-century financial meltdowns, we usually hear that the problems stem from free markets that failed.

Chris Warden, journalist and educator, shows that the crises emerged when markets were bypassed. But the former editorial page editor of Investor's Business Daily goes even further. He shows how markets work in a way that consumers, college students, and even corporate CEOs, congressional representatives and the press corps can understand.

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Christopher T. Warden was a tenured journalism professor at Troy University in Alabama. He was also a noted conservative journalist and an opinion columnist for the Troy Messenger. Mr. Warden served for many years as the editorial-page editor of Investor s Business Daily, where he started as a reporter in the Washington bureau and was soon promoted to an editor position at the paper's Los Angeles headquarters. Before joining IBD, he ran The National Journalism Center, serving under NJC founder M. Stanton Evans. Mr. Warden also worked as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and with the Congressional Placement Office. He graduated with a BA in English from the University of Virginia and received a Masters in Journalism from American University. Mr. Warden passed away on January 4, 2009, from a life-long battle with hemophilia.

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I have never found a book that put it quite as succinctly or quite as understandably as this book does. We need to be paying some attention to the fixing prices part of it, for sure. The book helps economic and financial crises make sense. --U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming

This is a book that's long been needed -- and is needed nowadays more than ever. The author of this study, the late Christopher T. Warden, was eminently qualified to carry out the project. Himself a first-rate economic journalist, he was also a first-rate journalism teacher. As the reader of these pages will discover, he had a knack for putting complicated things in everyday language, using anecdotes and familiar examples that made his points in forceful, clear, and frequently humorous fashion. --M. Stanton Evans, author & contributing editor to Human Events

Voodoo Anyone?: How to Understand the Economy Without Really Trying is a primer on economics for journalists and other laymen. If read and absorbed by journalists, this book will surely make the world a better place--one with far less economically illiterate reporting, at any rate. The book's author is Chris Warden, who, before his untimely passing earlier this year, was accomplished both as a journalist and a teacher of journalism. As he did so well when he wrote for Investor's Business Daily, Warden uses anecdotes and illustrations to explain the key concepts of economics and how those bear on the major stories that reporters cover. Warden was a model journalist. Many learned from him, and many more can still learn from him by reading this book. --Alex Adrianson, The Heritage Foundation's InsiderOnline

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