(The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter


  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • The Price of Everything
  • Eduardo Porter
  • English
  • 19 March 2019
  • 9781591843627

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REVIEW Á The Price of Everything Mise there is a price behind each choice that we make whether we're deciding to have a baby drive a car or buy a book We often fail to appreciate just how critical prices are as a motivating force shaping our lives But their power becomes clear when distorted prices steer our decisions the wrong way Eduardo Porter uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are actually telling us He takes us on a global economic adventure from comparing the relative price of a vote in corrupt São Tomé and in the ostensibly uncorrupt United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life His uniue approach helps explain Why. Some parts were insightful had a good flow Others felt very sanctimonious seemed to be written to confirm the author s world view political musings Was hoping author would have credentials on a doctorate or even a masters level ie one or degrees in psychology economics sociology political science etc but none were apparent

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REVIEW Á The Price of Everything Polygamous societies actually place a higher value on women than monogamous ones Why someone may find value in a 14 million license plate than the standard issue 95 one Why some government agencies believe one year of life for a senior citizen is four times valuable than that of a younger person Porter weaves together the constant and often unconscious cost and value assessments we all make every day While exploring the fascinating story behind the price of everything from marriage and death to mattresses and horsemeat Porter draws unexpected connections that bridge a wide range of disciplines and cultures The result is a cogent and insightful narrative about how the world really worksWatch a Video. Won this in a First Reads Giveaway The book has a very interesting premise that made me very curious to see what the author would do with it every choice we make is shaped by the prices of the options laid out before us what we assess to be their relative cost measured up against their benefits p 3 Of course he really couldn t discuss the price of everything but he is to be commended for trying He covers not only the price of things goods and services but also the prices of life happiness women work free culture faith and the future Some people may say that the author is biased in his presentation Well yes If you think about it when your goal is to write a book on the price of everything you can t really include everything so you have to make choices and yes those choices will be based on and reflect your personal biases So if you as a reader hold the bias that global warming isn t real or that illegal immigrants offer nothing of value to this country for example you will have difficulty approaching this book with an open mind In the interest of full disclosure I have my own biases and many though not all of them overlap with the author sOverall I think Porter does a good job of exploring most of his topics He gives one a lot to think about and it is interesting However his writing is sometimes disorganized often I wasn t sure where he was going or how he got where he was though I m not sure how much of that can be attributed to his skill as a writer and how much any writer would have had the same difficulty in writing with coherence about well everything Finally I found much of the book to be a bit depressing of course I did not factor this into my rating as I chose to read about the subject So often especially toward the end of the book I found myself cringing at the reality presented not because I didn t agree with the it but because I did

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REVIEW Á The Price of Everything Everything has a price but it isn't always obvious what that price is Many of the prices we pay seem to make little sense We shell out 229 for a coffee at Starbucks when a nearly identical brew can be had at the corner deli for less than a dollar We may be less willing to give blood for 25 than to donate it for free Americans hire cheap illegal immigrants to fix the roof or mow the lawn and vote for politicians who promise to spend billions to keep them out of the country And citizens of the industrialized West pay hundreds of dollars a year in taxes or cash for someone to cart away trash that would be a valuable commodity in poorer parts of the world The Price of Everything starts with a simple pre. Put on yer thinkin capsA bag containing 13 apples costs six dollarsMy family of four eats one apple a piece each dayYou can do the math but I m convinced it would be cheaper to put heroin in everyone s lunch boxPorter s book offers up a fascinating account of why everything seems to cost so damned much prices nudge us to take one course of action or another In a way this is obvious every decision amounts to a choice among options to which we assign different values But identifying these prices allows us to understand fully our decisions They can be measured in money cash or credit But costs and benefits can also be set in love toil or time Our most important currency is in fact opportunity The cost of taking any action or embracing any path consists of the alternatives that were available to us at the time The price of a five dollar slice of pizza is all the other things we could have done with the five dollars The price of marriage includes all the things we would have done had we remained single One day we succumb to the allure of love and companionship Years later we wonder what happened to the freedom we traded away at the altar Economists call this the opportunity cost By evaluating opportunity costs we organize our livesThe book is full of riveting facts about every aspect of our financial lives And if you think life is unfair try dying Did you know that family members of 911 victims were not compensated eually for the loss of their loved ones victims value in death reflected the ineuality they experienced while alive Bankers were deemed to be worth than janitors The women who worked and died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon earned on average less than the men That implied that their value in death was also lower The average compensation to their families amounted to about 37 percent less on average than men s The fund ultimately paid about 2 million on average to the kin of 2880 victims who died in the attacks But each of the families of the eight victims who earned than 4 million a year got 64 million while the cheapest victim was valued at 250000The author keeps things interesting by using pop culture examples to demonstrate his theories Did you know Coca Cola once hatched a fiendish plot for a vending machine programmed to charge for an ice cold Coke on a hot day Radiohead s 2007 experiment to allow fans to pay whatever they wished for their In Rainbows album turned out to be a huge money maker for the band even though six out of ten fans paid nothingAll in all this was an engrossing book It freuently angried up my blood and made me rant and rave but I learned a lot It also helped me better explain to the kids why even though the internet says a Magic The Gathering card is worth 7500 it is only worth that amount if they can find someone willing to pay 7500 for a piece of coated paperOh and about those apples My grocer has decided to leap aboard the Eat Local bandwagon Now all bags of apples are labeled with the name of the orchard where they were grown If you thought they d pass the shipping savings on to the consumer you are wrong They raised the price by a dollar Shakes fist sighs puts apples in cart


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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter FREE DOWNLOAD à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ê Eduardo Porter READ & DOWNLOAD The Price of Everything Put on yer thinkin' capsA bag containing 13 apples costs six dollarsMy family of four eats one apple a piece each dayYou can do the math but I'm convinced it would be cheaper to put heroin in everyone's lunch boxPorter's book offers

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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter There are a lot of intriguing concepts in The Price of Everything but I was bothered throughout by logic that seemed sloppy But on the other hand I mistrust my judgement a little bit because I had a vehement irrational negative emotional reaction to some of the book's content Porter's key concept is that you can examine any decision in costbenefit terms and you can almost always find a way to uantify the cost and benefit in monetary terms

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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter READ & DOWNLOAD The Price of Everything This is a fantastic book with information than you could possibly imagine The title of this book The Price of Everything is no exaggeration at all Eduardo Porter definitely covers the price of pretty much everything in this exhaustive book not just the prices but the values as well of a cup of coffee trash crossing borders the pri

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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter A scattering of wild rarely well supported tidbits We ought to pay bankers less Americans are unhappier than the French because the French get longer vacations Women go to church than men because they make less money Polygamy causes women to be valued Etc concluding in a symphony of Keynesianism We have economic problems because free markets

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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter FREE DOWNLOAD à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ê Eduardo Porter This book read like a B level high school reporthow can this man be a professional journalist??? Affirmative action at it's finest apparently This book was littered with misinformation and biaswhich was explained when you read his sources Within the first 30 pages I came upon multiple untrue statements including and none too surprising com

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Price of Everything Eduardo Porter ê 0 REVIEW (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter Some parts were insightful had a good flow Others felt very sanctimonious seemed to be written to confirm the author's world view political musings Was hoping author would have credentials on a doctorate or even a

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Price of Everything Eduardo Porter ê 0 REVIEW (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter Won this in a First Reads Giveaway The book has a very interesting premise that made me very curious to see what the author would do with it every choice we make is shaped by the prices of the options laid out before us what we asses

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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter As a nerd of the econ major variety I was highly anticipating the arrival of this book once I'd won it through First Reads Luckily for me the book didn't disappointBooks of this type tend to go wrong in one of 2 ways 1 The facts are simply not true and the book serves to sell rather than to actually provide real information Or 2 An intelligent economist writes a factual yet way too dense for the common public text This book did

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    Eduardo Porter ê 0 REVIEW FREE DOWNLOAD à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ê Eduardo Porter (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter A fascinating look at how we place value and why The book opens by looking at the price of trash We will pay people to remove it and pay large amounts not to live near it but on the other hand their are those who will pay large amounts FOR our trash The price of women happiness faith work and many others lead you to look at things with new eyes The book is clever and wise full of fun nuggets and tidbits of information that will st

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    (The Price of Everything) PDF READ ☆ Eduardo Porter FREE DOWNLOAD à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ê Eduardo Porter READ & DOWNLOAD The Price of Everything A fascinating change of pace True to the title Porter suggests that everything love faith the future can and should be viewed as a series of economic tradeoffs It’s not a perfect book Some chapters read like a highlight reel of tidbits supporting Porter’s beliefs than a coherent analysis I highlighted several parts that were ne

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