- Robert Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers is, I think, still the best place to start.
- The next two things I have people read are Partha Dasgupta, Economics: A Very Short Introduction; and
- Robert Allen, Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction; then
- Milton and Rose Director Friedman, Free to Choose.
- [Next] I make people read Jonathan Schlefer, The Assumptions Economists Make; and [last but not least]
- Tom Slee, _Nobody Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart.
I will take this list and report here in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you know any of these works, or read them for yourself, do chime in with a comment or review below.