It took a village to raise this book. At the heart of the book are real people’s questions about the economy. I collected many of these questions myself, but I also got a lot of help from the staff of Berrett-Koehler. Questioners included Bob Liss, Ian Bach, Ken Lupoff, Maria Jesus Aguilo, Julia Charles, Ann Matranga, Doug from California, David from Illinois, Chuck from California, and the scores of others who submitted questions via e-mail and blog comments. I owe many thanks to these curious readers, who were kind enough to devote some time to thinking up and submitting interesting stumpers for me to tackle.

As with my previous book for Berrett-Koehler, my editor, Johanna Vondeling, was a great source of encouragement, inspiration, ...

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