"The Leading Indicators" By Zachary Karabell | WAMC

"The Leading Indicators" By Zachary Karabell

Feb 24, 2014

    We are bombarded every day with numbers that tell us how we are doing, whether the economy is growing or shrinking, whether the future looks bright or dim. Gross national product, balance of trade, unemployment, inflation, and consumer confidence guide our actions, yet few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule our world.

In The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World, Zachary Karabell tells the fascinating history of these indicators.