23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism - Ha-Joon Chang I finished this a few days ago, but I was a bit slow updating here. I will say right away that this is a book that I would strongly recommend to almost anyone. Chang looks at capitalism via, well, 23 things that the powers that be, namely free market capitalists, conveniently fail to tell you. It is not that capitalism is bad per se. That is not the problem. The problem is in how it is currently practiced given massive inequalities, bad social conditions and even the bad economy. These things can certainly be fixed, but the drive has to be there (and that would be a whole other conversation). Chang offers a useful, informative, and accessible critique of capitalism and how it works. Though there are some dry passages (the reason I did not give this book five stars), as a whole the book is a very easy read. If you are a reader worried that this is an "economics book," don't be. Chang explains everything clearly and uses a lot of examples that illustrate his points well. What we have here is a good economics book for the lay reader. I think this may even be a good textbook for classes in introductory economics; it certainly is a book that invites discussion. For me, at least, it was a book worth reading.