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What are the 'best of the best' textbooks to help me learn economics from the ground up?

AsherAAsherA Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
After 20 years of being a locksmith, I have decided that I want to get a college degree and I'll be starting next year! As part of my degree, I will be doing two economics courses which will cover macroeconomics and microeconomics.

However my foundations are very weak so I'll need to start as if I know absolutely nothing about economics! Could I please get some economics textbook recommendations that are comprehensive, precise and to the point?

Replies to: What are the 'best of the best' textbooks to help me learn economics from the ground up?

  • geo1113geo1113 Registered User Posts: 1,427 Senior Member
    Since you are going to have to buy textbooks for the classes, I wouldn't spend money. If you want an introduction to this class (and the other classes you mentioned in other threads), go to Khan Academy for online introduction to the various subjects.
  • lululemonxxlululemonxx Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Since you're going off to college, i would go to books that every high schooler would go to.

    AP REVIEW BOOKS. their concise, and typically cover everything you need. not to mention they usually write it so its easy to understand and i'm assuming those are introductory courses? right?

    for micro and macro, go for 5 steps for a 5 or barrons, or check around and see what the best ap books are for the ap economics courss are.

    ALSO, go to the library. they usually have these books there that you can get for free. from there on, you can find textbooks and get a more in dept review.
  • NYCguy2020NYCguy2020 Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
  • AsherAAsherA Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    @geo1113 and @NYCguy2020 It doesn't hurt to start a bit early considering how long it has been since I've studied things like this! Besides, I don't really want to wait for an entire year! Could you recommend something other than Khan Academy and online videos? I do admit, I am a bit old fashioned and prefer textbooks :) It would be interesting to hear what the top schools/students use, as well as what the top colleges recommend. Do you know if any college textbooks start from the very beginning? As in, covering some high school content and then going on to the college content?

    @lululemonxx These are indeed introductory courses. The AP Review books do sound good as they are concise, comprehensive and to the point - what I like. However aren't they that - 'review' books? Meaning they should only be used once a person has fully understood the content? Same questions I asked @geo1113, do you know what textbooks the top schools/students use? Do you know what textbooks the top colleges recommend? Perhaps there is college textbook that goes through the high school content as well as the college content. That would be perfect!
  • AsherAAsherA Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Thanks everyone!
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