Book review: “The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained”

Hello everybody,

“The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” is a collection of old and modern economic theories written by a group of economists, authors, finance professionals and one philosopher(they will be listed at the end). This book explains important ideas in economics with clarity and conciseness. They explore economic theories and ideas dating from the earliest ages to the present day. On each page is a flow chart, explaining how to arrive at the big idea for the page. This big idea is explained rationally, in mostly understandable language. If economic jargon is incorporated, it is always explained in the sentence. The timeline on each page allows you to see the evolution of the big idea, before and after its conception. A short biography of the key thinker behind the idea is also in the section.

I enjoyed this book because it explained everything in such an understandable way. They explained college level concepts in language that I could understand. This is not to say that it was written simply. The language is understandable, yet has some depth. The flow chart explained key concepts in a concise interpretation. I felt as if I could explain these concepts to someone with no prior knowledge of economics. This book has information found in a textbook but had the feel of a story. I had to read the next chapter. It fed my desire to learn

Book review: “The Captain Class”

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“The Captain Class” is a non-fiction book written by sports writer Sam Walker. Walker tries to find what makes dynasty sports teams so successful. He narrows thousands of teams down to just 16 true dynasties to examine. While these teams may seem different at first glance, a closer look reveals one commonality. These legendary teams all had an outstanding captain.

This captain wasn’t some Hollywood-inspired legendary motivator. They often shied away from interviews and never gave speeches. They mastered other forms of communication and leadership. They weren’t all paragons of virtue and cooperation. Much of the time they confronted teammates and management. They shared 7 qualities which led to their team’s success. Their unique leadership can be imitated in the athletic, as well as the corporate world. Finding these leaders will undoubtedly lead to the success of the team.

This book was extraordinarily well researched and explained. Walker left no stone unturned. Using a simple process of elimination, he explained to us his reasoning and why his idea was correct. His writing style was analytical, yet engaging. His ideas altered my perception of a leader. Before reading it, I thought this book would be boring. After reading the first page, I couldn’t put it down. Any non-fiction book that can keep the reader’s attention for the entire duration of the novel is worthy of respect. This is a must read for all.




My very first blog post


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Hello everybody!

My name is Arush Iyer, and this is my first blog post. I just finished 8th grade, and I will be attending high school this fall. My favorite subject to study by myself is physiology (the study of how the body functions) although economics (various definitions) is a close second. In school, I love to learn about science as well as English. I get annoyed when people use improper grammar while speaking. My brother uses improper grammar quite a bit, therefore I get annoyed quite a bit. My favorite comic is “Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson (as seen above), but I can’t decide on my favorite book. I enjoyed “Harry Potter”, but I also loved “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series by Douglas Adams.

I set up this blog as a place to voice and share my thoughts on the world. Subsequent blog posts will have topics ranging from general politics to personal experiences as stated in my “About” page. I hope to entertain and inform you about my life, and the world. This all sounds very idealistic, but it can be achieved. You can actually learn something from the opinions of a teenager. To quote the musician Frank Zappa “A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” If you are jumping from a skyscraper with a mind parachute and you close your mind, you will most likely die. Open your mind parachute and learn.


Arush Iyer

P.S: If you had opened your mind parachute before jumping off the skyscraper, it would have informed you that jumping off a skyscraper with a metaphoric parachute is a terrible idea. Please bring an actual parachute, learn how to open the parachute, get permission to jump off a skyscraper, pick an appropriate day to jump off a skyscraper, and have people waiting to catch you if something goes horribly wrong.