Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The book provides an exhaustive review of key ideas in the economics of international trade. It does not offer an index or glossary, and both would be useful. Reading the book as a pdf I was able to use the search function as a substitute for an index; for example, I wanted to review the author's discussion of Paul Krugman's contributions to contemporary trade theory and found all references to Krugman's work by searching for his name.
Accuracy rating: 5
The content is a basic and standard presentation of key elements in the theory of economic trade, and as such, it offers an accurate survey of this thought.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
With respect to trade theory itself, the book is sufficiently up-to-date. However, with respect to the few chapters, largely at the beginning and end of the book, that deal with the political economy of international trade and with trade negotiations, it would be desirable to provide a fuller, more updated discussion. For example, there is only one brief mention of TPP. Discussing the TPP, the ASEAN countries, trade debates within the US, EU, etc. would be a key contribution of a new, updated edition.
Clarity rating: 5
The book is clearly written with a large array of graphs and numerical examples. While quantitative, it is not excessively so, and the reader does not have to use calculus to comprehend the book's presentations.
Consistency rating: 5
The book is consistent throughout, both in form and content.
Modularity rating: 5
The book's chapters provide a logical structure, and within each chapter the subsections are well organized.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
Yes, the structure and flow are logical and clear.
Interface rating: 4
Generally good. In some chapters there are a number of hot links to sources. Most of these are still working, but a few did not and need updating. Also, such reference links could be used more extensively and consistently throughout the book, and this would be an enhancement.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
Cultural Relevance rating: 4
This is largely a book of economic theory and its application to trade topics. As such, it is largely acultural, not being especially sensitive or unsensitive to cultural matters. There are many cultural issues that one could delve into with respect to topics in international economics and globalization; however, those are the topics of this book.
An instructor's manual would be helpful, as would a second edition in the not too distant future.