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If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise

If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise
Author: Deirdre N. McCloskey
ISBN 13: 9780226556710
ISBN 10: 226556719
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1992-05-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 190
List Price: $23.00

In this witty, accessible, and revealing book, Deirdre McCloskey demystifies economic theory and practice to show that behind the economists claim to certainty is the ancient art of  storytelling. If You're So Smart will engage, enlighten, and empower anyone trying to evaluate the experts who stand ready to engineer our lives.

"Writing with delicious wit and great seriousness."—Publishers Weekly. "

"McCloskey is more interesting on an uninspired day than most of her peers can manage at their very best."—Peter Passell, New York Times


With wit and erudition, McCloskey (economics and history, U. of Iowa) demystifies economic theory and practice, showing that behind the veil of models methods and the claim to certainty lies the visage and voice of the storyteller. He proposes an interpretive economics, rooted in fact and logic, but candid about its figures of speech and therefore resistant to pretended omniscience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)