The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance

The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance

Russell Roberts Russ Roberts / Jan 20, 2020

The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance A lively unorthodox look at economics business and public policy told in the form of a novel A love story that embraces the business and economic issues of the day The Invisible Heart takes a provo

  • Title: The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance
  • Author: Russell Roberts Russ Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780262681353
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • A lively, unorthodox look at economics, business, and public policy told in the form of a novel.A love story that embraces the business and economic issues of the day The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C Sam lives andA lively, unorthodox look at economics, business, and public policy told in the form of a novel.A love story that embraces the business and economic issues of the day The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C Sam lives and breathes capitalism He thinks that most government regulation is unnecessary or even harmful He believes that success in business is a virtue He believes that our humanity flourishes under economic freedom Laura prefers Wordsworth to the Wall Street Journal Where Sam sees victors, she sees victims She wants the government to protect consumers and workers from the excesses of Sam s beloved marketplace.While Sam and Laura argue about how to make the world a better place, a parallel story unfolds across town Erica Baldwin, the crusading head of a government watchdog agency, tries to bring Charles Krauss, a ruthless CEO, to justice How are these two dramas connected Why is Sam under threat of dismissal Will Erica Baldwin find the evidence she needs Can Laura love a man with an Adam Smith poster on his wall The answers in The Invisible Heart give the reader a richer appreciation for how business and the marketplace transform our lives.

    The Invisible Heart Documentary Social Impact Bonds Canada The Invisible Heart is the world s first documentary about social impact bonds Directed by Nadine Pequeneza. The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance The Invisible Heart should be required reading for every politician and bureaucrat who has lost touch with the romance of what happens outside of Washington, DC Sam Gordon is a modern day hero impassioned by logic, inspired by free markets, and impelled by love. The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance by Russell Roberts Write a romance novel of course Just kidding The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance by Russell Roberts is a terrific read almost impossible to put down Sam Gordon is an economics teacher at a prestigious high school for the wealthy elite of the DC area, Laura Silver is the new literature teacher. The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance Summary The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance Summary Study Guide Description In The Invisible Heart An Economic Romance, Russell Roberts attempts to make economics user friendly by dressing his theories up in a romance Sam Gordon is a highly motivated teacher of economics who demands an open mind of his students. The Invisible Heart Directed by Nadine Pequeneza Worldwide Countries Promise A new global market to solve our social problems. The Invisible Heart The MIT Press Summary The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C Sam lives and breathes capitalism He thinks that most government regulation is The Invisible Heart The New Press The Invisible Heart Economics and Family Values A brilliant new approach to the economics of caregiving, from the MacArthur Award winning economist There has been much talk about family values in recent years, but little examination of the economic forces that are exploding family life and limiting the caregiving that families can provide. Using Economics For Financial Prosperity Invisible Heart Invisible Heart Russ Roberts Books and Memoirs According to Nassim Taleb , the author of The Black Swan, this is not just a great book, but after reading it you feel better about life. The Invisible Heart Winnipeg Film Group Tara Petti, CEO, Southern First Nations Network of Care Moderated by Nadine Pequeneza Director Producer Writer The Invisible Heart Worldwide Countries Promise Filmed over three years in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, The Invisible Heart explores one of the fastest growing social innovations in modern history. The Invisible Heart Feature TVO The Invisible Heart Feature Nearly three centuries after Adam Smith coined the term the invisible hand, this documentary tracks the growth of a new financial model that promises to solve society s most complex problems.

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        Russell David Russ Roberts is a professor of economics at George Mason University He blogs at cafehayek.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


    1. How do you get teenage girls interested in economics?Write a romance novel of course.Just kidding.The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romanceby Russell Roberts is a terrific read almost impossible to put down. Sam Gordon is an economics teacher at a prestigious high school for the wealthy elite of the DC area, Laura Silver is the new literature teacher. Using their budding friendship and romance, Roberts explores various ideas and arguments in the economic world, from paychecks to exporting busines [...]

    2. For a book I had to read for Microeconomics, it's not bad.It seems to focus more on neo-liberal apologia than economic thought. It makes a good point on the inaccuracy and unfairness of television, but in a blunt manner.The characters are lifeless, bland devices, acting either as strawmen or as the author's mouthpiece (slightly ironic, given the author's points about TV).I can see how people would enjoy it if they enjoy stories that are just simplified philosophy in text format (it's a lot short [...]

    3. Bu konuları merak eden için çok ideal bi kitap. Beğendim ben çok farklı bakış açıları okumuş oldum, özellikle kapitalizm ile ilgili kısımlar düşündürücüydü ve kendimi sık sık yazılanlara hak verirken buldum

    4. Russell Roberts’ main character states “Capitalism involves struggle, but it has an invisible heart beating at its core that transforms people’s lives.”1 in his first novel The Invisible Heart, an Economic Romance. Capitalism, like Wall Street, the 1%, Big Oil, and many other economic entities are the popular scapegoats of the media and politicians, and because the public has little economic knowledge, they are easily manipulated to believe the myths, half-truths and downright lies about [...]

    5. An economics novel? How does that work?Surprisingly enough, it works pretty well.The main characters are high school teachers, Sam Gordon, teaching economics, and Laura Silver, a literature teacher. Sam is very, very conservative when it comes to economics, while Laura is a little more easy-going about it (not a full-blown socialist, thankfully, for the sake of realism). The novel is supposed to be a romance (at least in name only), but it really isn't much of one. It only gets that title becaus [...]

    6. I have really enjoyed Russ Roberts' podcast "EconTalk" and so am familiar with the concepts in this book but it is still an excellent summary of the economic way of thinking and quite possibly the best introduction to it.Russ isn't going to win any awards for a compelling romance but he does make good use of the story to convey the concepts he wants to teach. It was engaging and entertaining and I'd highly recommend it. I think anyone will take at least something away from it and I think most wo [...]

    7. An economic lesson in capitalism using a "novel" approach. I had to begin reading this book twice, but the second time I actually paid attention and understood the two main characters. There is a side story that surprised me - pleasantly. This book puts forth arguments in interesting ways. You can grow to like and dislike the characters and agree and disagree with their positions, but in the end the story is about an actual romance. It's an academic story with a personal twist. I would recommend [...]

    8. I have to agree with all the reviews. The Invisible Heart fails as a work of fiction. I do believe it works as an economics/philosophy book. Thinly veiled by a budding romance formed by an unlikely couple, the work is really a series of dialogues about free market economics and the values that it promotes. The discussions shows the multitude of perspectives around complex economic arguments, but convincingly demonstrates why a free market system is superior to the interventionist approaches that [...]

    9. Note: I had to read for school. I would have probably enjoyed this romance more if ALL of the conversations they had weren't bogged down with economics. This book did the trick with economics though. I disliked how they ended Erica & Charles story. They didn't give us any closure. Laura and Sam were really one dimensional for me. They didn't work. This book as a work of fiction 1 star; as work of economics 3 stars. Hence the 2 star rating.

    10. I think every VEPR students should read this book because somehow it summarizes all the basic ideas in the course. It clears my thinking on this unfettered economic system too. Everyone is trying to oppose it. Sometimes I feel shaken, but classical liberalism is really a most natural system of thought which supports regulating a self-governed system. The market is realistic, and we have to accept it if we want to make a better world.

    11. The Invisible Heart is an oddly sweet argument introduction to the thinking behind classically liberal economics, taking the form of a dialogue between one Sam Gordon, an economics professor, and Laura Silver, an idealistic English instructor who has just begun working at the same private school as Sam. The two hit it off immediately, even though Laura thinks economists are soulless cretins obsessed with money at the expense of the noble expressions of the human spirit, like art and safety regul [...]

    12. A thoroughly modern capitalist apologetic, using Sam Gordon, a High School economics professor as mouthpiece. He's attracted to Laura, a young teacher who is herself a typical, reflexive statist. They spar with words but their attraction continues to build, despite such conflicting views. Two mysteries are introduced; one concerning the villainous CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and a second concerning Sam himself. While the book attempts to deal with big ideas—freedom, liberty, responsibilit [...]

    13. For what this book is--a narrative vehicle for articulating free market economics and a liberty-loving worldview--it is simply fantastic. It's not Austen or Homer, but it does succeed at presenting a believable romance and lots of very readable conversations about government, money, regulation, prices, and the unintended and often unforeseen consequences of state meddling. Really enjoyable, and very helpful in defending against some of the more difficult (mis)characterizations of a liberty world [...]

    14. Lacked the intriguing plot you'd wish the book had. The economic concepts were fair enough, but the bad outweighed the good.

    15. This book is targeted to youth, probably senior high schoolers and as such must be reviewed. In terms of language, its short sentences and narrative forms probably puts it in a 9 or 10th grade difficulty, while the topic it aims to explain are for an older audience. It thus tries by this effect, to make simpler what is more complex and possibly qualifies as a propagandist kind of a literature. Perhaps the word is too strong, but I wish to caution the reader that "too simple" sometimes leads one [...]

    16. This was required reading for my Microeconomics class in junior college. I couldn't find a copy until, maybe three days before it was due, a classmate finished his and lent it to me, which left me little time to digest it. It's pretty short though, just your basic cheesy paperback romance, without the sex, ladies. But the main character poses some interesting theories about law, society, and, of course, economics. He sees everything in a different light and has alternate solutions for some major [...]

    17. This is a watered down version of Ayn Rand's more readable and more entertaining The Fountainhead. Before I go any further, I'd like to point out that I consider myself to be a libertarian-leaning moderate. One day, I'd like to think that I'm well-read and wise enough that I could be the bridge between Karl Marx and Milton Friedman. Until that day comes though, I'll just have to analyze things for what they are with my own, relatively neutral lens.Which brings me to this story. As an economics l [...]

    18. What does it take to justify conservative ideology? A story that is hugely biased, representing the antisocial, antihuman, apathetic, arrogant protagonist as a victim from all angles. This book is as cringeworthy to a well educated person, as is Trump presidency. The sheer effort author put in writing propaganda material to brainwash young college kids, is scary to say least. I am giving two stars for keeping the story easy and exciting while stating some good stats and facts. I sincerely hope a [...]

    19. PASSIONATE about the free market!SENSUAL about stir-frying!Set in an upper class private school, this sweet treatise presents the most stereotyped of unthinking liberals as no match for the brilliant incisive yet meant to be endearing prophet of unfettered capitalism. Well -edited, it's a cleverly constructed but undisguised &simplistic intro to economics curriculum which exposes naive liberalism to the common sense of Adam Smith as if Milton Friedman were the only economist since him. Obvio [...]

    20. Well, I was prepared not to like this too much; I was prepared for a dumbed-down version of Ayn Rand or something. It's true, this book is not as deep or challenging as Rand, but it is just pure fun, with a lot of very good economic reasoning thrown in for good measure. I decided to pick this up because it was on a list for an economics course at a popular homeschool supply company, for possible inclusion in my son's schedule. It's a hit! Among other things, the author has PERFECTLY pegged what [...]

    21. The title of this book doesn't do it justice. I'm not clever enough to think of a new title, but this one isn't right. It's like a crinkled brown paper cover, hiding a treasure of a book. Russ Roberts has managed the seemingly impossible. He teaches basic economic principles through story and plot, in a page turning novel you'll find hard to put down. It has a little bit, (yet not too much) of everything- love, drama, action, and intrigue. You wont realize you're learning until you've finished t [...]

    22. As an advocate of free-markets and free people I often get discouraged that more people don't have the passion for understanding economics and political philosophy that I do. This book doesn't have the literary genius of Dickens or Austen, or the economic and philosophical genius of Mises or Hayek, but it is genius in its own right because it does something unique and important. The author has found a way to make free-market ideas interesting, palatable, and accessible to those who don't have th [...]

    23. I've said before that the highest praise I can give any book is that it made me think. This is one such book. It is ostensibly the story of a romance that blossoms between two high school teachers, but underneath that sweet exterior it's one big lesson in economics. Sure, some of the conversations feel a bit forced in order to get the point across, but even so I found myself unable to put it down. It challenged my beliefs and made me ruminate on issues I'd never considered. I can't say I agree w [...]

    24. I finished reading this book on election day. It was a great reminder that people who see the world differently in terms of politics and economic philosophy can still love each other. This book is an economics lesson first and a romance novel second. The back cover describes it as "delightfully didactic." The author's intent is to teach the reader to think like an economist, but he makes the lesson more palatable by couching it in terms of a love story. This book helped me think through issues I [...]

    25. Not a fabulously written book, but a very interesting lesson in free market economics. Even though I don't agree with the main character most of the time, the arguments for government deregulation are presented in an intelligent, persuasive manner with strong examples that apply to daily life. It's obvious that the romance plot is really just a coathanger to drape basic economic arguments on, but this book makes microeconomics entertaining and accessible. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a q [...]

    26. Very fluffy. If you're not familiar with economic reasoning, it's a good way to introduce the mode of thinking, and illustrate that it does have everyday applications. If you are familiar with economic reasoning, it's a fun, lighthearted read. Either way, it shouldn't be taken too seriously; the handling of the topics is not overly sophisticated, but it might spark interest for a subject that is often perceived as dry.

    27. I read this book while taking an economics course for my MBA. This really puts into perspective the reasons why different people see things the way they do. The story follows two people who have polar opposite viewpoints about the world, but who manage to come together through mutual understanding. If you don't mind a little preachiness about economic theory, this is a great story with a lot to teach.

    28. Great book! This came my way because it is part of the Economics course Nigel is doing. Its subtitle is "An Economic Romance", because it is about free market theory in the guise of conversation between a man and woman debating ideas. I loved the protagonist's theories and beliefs and especially appreciated the examples and illustrations he used to buttress his concepts. It was a compelling read, and I learned a lot. I know Nigel will appreciate the views presented here!

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