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Capitalism
ISBN: 9781432902315
Author: Downing, David
Publisher: Capstone Pr Inc
Published: September 2007
Retail: $35.00    OUR PRICE: $1.00
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Binding Type: Library Binding
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Annotation: Introduces the concept of capitalism, discussing such topics as its history, leading theorists and proponents, and its impact on workers, politics, the environment, and globalization.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.49" H x 9.55" L x 6.60" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Reference, Non-Fiction, Middle School, $1 Books!
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Cramped design and relentless but arbitrary outlining ensure that no one will be reading this series (revised and updated) for the fun of it. The books do a serviceable job of employing historical examples to describe the ways people have attempted to govern. Each book appends a list of "key figures," except Monarchy, which substitutes a list of "monarchies today." Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Political and Economic Systems titles: Capitalism, Communism, Democracy, Fascism, Dictatorship, and Monarchy.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
Cramped design and relentless but arbitrary outlining ensure that no one will be reading this series for the fun of it, but each book does a serviceable job of employing historical examples to describe the ways people have attempted to govern. Each book has a reading list of other series books and appends a list of ""key figures,"" except [cf2]Monarchy[cf1], which substitutes a list of ""monarchies today."" Glos., ind. [Review covers these Political and Economic Systems titles: [cf2]Capitalism, Communism, Democracy, Fascism, Dictatorship[cf1], and [cf2]Monarchy[cf1].] Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 February)
Gr 7 Up-Well-written, concise, and balanced summaries of two major economic systems. Both books begin with dramatic episodes and provide some historical background, but concentrate on how the systems work today in terms of their impact on individuals and on societies. Capitalism uses a slightly oversimplified account of Adam Smith's views as its definition of "free market." It doesn't shrink from presenting rising inequality and environmental damage as the free market's inevitable effects, and accurately describes the general political trends of the 20th century as capitalism affected them. The text includes plenty of comparisons with communism and presents "welfare capitalism" as an alternative to coping with capitalism's problems. The second book reveals how communist parties around the world chose economic development over spreading their ideologies, but devotes more space to political topics (e.g., the one-party state) than to economic ones. Many useful insights are found in boxed quotations, like one from Isaac Deutscher on how the communists needed idealism to gain power, then found that the requirements of holding power eroded their idealism. The writing style in both books is clear and literate, and there are plenty of color illustrations to attract interest. Bruno Leone's Capitalism (Greenhaven, 1986; o.p.) presents more detail on specific controversial questions but lacks the current information on globalization. R. G. Grant's Capitalism and Nigel Ritchie's Communism (both RSVP, 2001) are attractively packaged and compellingly written but not as up to date as Downing's books.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library, Everett, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.