Comedy and economics are typically mentioned in the same breath only to invoke the concept of the "comedy of errors" or "comedy and tragedy."

One needs to read only a few pages of "The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume One: Microeconomics" to revise these stereotypes and begin to see comedy as a natural vehicle for delivering a primer on economics.

The novel approach of authors Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., doesn’t stop with the book’s lighthearted, comedic slant. Bauman, who the cover extols as "the world’s first and only stand-up economist," totally tweaks the traditional economic text by bringing in cartoonist Grady Klein to deliver this microeconomic primer in, well, comic-book format.

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