Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism by Jim Stanford
(Pluto Press, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Fernwood Publishing)
Economics for Everyone is punchy and readable, with short, bite-sized chapters, and illustrated with cartoons and flow charts by renowned political cartoonist Tony Biddle. Best of all, it is completely free of technical jargon and mathematics.
When they've finished it, readers will understand the basic features and relationships of modern-day capitalism. They'll see where working people fit into the big economic picture - and the points of opportunity where we can try to build a better, fairer system.
Most important, Economics for Everyone is backed by a comprehensive set of web-based instructional materials (to be posted here in Summer 2008) - including a course outline, lecture notes, student exercises, and a glossary, all available for free on the web. This book can thus be part of a broader, ready-made popular economics course for unionists, activists, and just plain regular concerned individuals.
Visit http://www.economicsforeveryone.ca/ for online resources and lesson plans.