The biggest problem with this book is the authors clearly intended it for an American audience only. They take it for granted that a country would spend so much on their military; the vast majority of examples are from or relating to the United States; and they discuss American economic problems from a "what is best for America" point of view. That's trying, to say the least. They also explain things cursorily a lot, and it's amazing how much more clear Tim Harford is when explaining similar things. That being said, it is a pretty complete look at the economy and they gave me some fodder in terms of defending the welfare state.