Harford is a fine, perceptive writer, and an effortless explainer of tricky concepts. His book teems with good things, and will expand the mind of anyone lucky enough to read it.
Those who have listened to Harford’s podcast series of the same name are also likely to be disappointed. Often the chapters feel like a verbatim write-up of what Harford says in his podcast, with the same anecdotes and pay-offs. As the podcast has been out since March last year, this seems like a missed opportunity to give existing fans something extra.
Yet despite the gripes, it is a lively introduction to some of the most ingenious, yet often overlooked inventions that have changed the way we live.