Uncle Eric Books
Solve the "What Do I Use?"
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Economics and Civics

Richard Maybury

Richard Maybury, also known as 'Uncle Eric' of the 'Uncle Eric Books', is a world renowned author, lecturer and geopolitical analyst. He consults with business firms in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Maybury is the former Global Affairs editor of “Moneyworld” and widely regarded as one of the finest free market writers in America. Mr. Maybury’s articles have appeared in “The Wall Street Journal,” “USA Today,” and other major publications.

Richard Maybury has penned eleven books in the Uncle Eric Books series. His books have been endorsed by top business leaders including former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, and he has been interviewed on more than 250 radio and TV shows across America.

Needless to say, after all that, this gentleman knows his subject material!

So what are the 'Uncle Eric Books' and why would a world reknowned economist's writings work for high school level students?

In each book in the series, 'Uncle Eric' writes short, engaging letters to his 'nephew' in response to questions he has asked. Everything is simply defined for the layman/student.

When Jen and I used the 'Uncle Eric Books', we were pretty much on our own. We used discussions and short reports to make it more of a curriculum.

But now, many titles have been made even more homeschool friendly by the addition of 'Uncle Eric' Books study guides that thoughtfully lead the student through each topic and help him to reflect on what he is learning. If a title has a Study Guide available I've placed an "*" beside it.

Let's take a look at a few of them...
(All book descriptions and most reviews are excerpted from the Bluestocking Press website which publishes the 'Uncle Eric Books'.)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?

I first came across "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?"* when I was looking for a simpler explanation of economics than I had ever been taught. I was very unclear on the meaning of 'recession' and 'gold standard', etc. The textbooks I'd seen (and there weren't many) were still over my head so I knew I'd never be able to help my daughter understand a subject on which I was so clueless.

A friend suggested the 'Uncle Eric Books' and '...Penny Candy' in particular. We borrowed it from another friend and both my daughter and I were hooked!

This clearly written book about economics is a remarkably easy and fun explanation of investment cycles, velocity, business cycles, recessions, inflation, the demand for money and more.

There are two sequels to "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?":

  1. "The Money Mystery"*
  2. "The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments"*

Each book builds upon the last, and all three would supply a solid high school credit in Economics.

(Review by homeschool student KM, Letter Dated: 30 September, 1996)
I am a ninth-grade student who is homeschooled, and we are using your material for text this year. I just finished reading "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" and I love it!!! I always thought politics, economics, and the legal system was boring and confusing; but your book made learning them fun and easy. I am eagerly looking forward to reading "Whatever Happened to Justice?"

(Review by The D., County Home Educators High School Group, Letter Dated: 01 December, 1995)
We are a group of homeschool high school students. We recently finished your book "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" We were surprised that economics was so related to history. We learned that rising prices is a symptom not a cause of inflation. We also thought it was interesting how you incorporated the etymology of terms such as the dollar. We were shocked at the size of the federal debt. Because of this class and your book we were able to better understand the recent shutdown of the Federal Government and the news reports surrounding the shutdown. We can also use the information we gained from the class in future classes, jobs, and investments. We are looking forward to our future study of your book "Whatever Happened to Justice?" There are eight of us in this group and we are all 14 and 15. The information we have gained from this book will help us in our future financial dealings. We wanted to write and thank you for your book and we'll pass on the message!

Whatever Happened to Justice?

"Whatever Happended to Justice?"* explains the Legal Model and explores America's legal heritage. This book is selling all over the world. Readers tell us it causes them to think like nothing has in years.

"Whatever Happened to Justice?" shows what's gone wrong with our legal system and economy and how to fix it. It also contains lots of helpful hints for improving family relationships and for making families and classrooms run more smoothly. Discusses the difference between higher law and man-made law, and the connection between rational law and economic prosperity.

"Whatever Happened to Justice?" introduces the Two Laws: 1) Do all you have agreed to do, and 2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property.

Richard Maybury examines: 1) There is a higher law than any government's law. 2) The government's law often contradicts Higher Law. 3) individuals must choose which law they will support and defend.

(Reviewed by RJ, Letter Dated: 21 October, 2001)
After reading all of the commendations in the beginning of your book, "Whatever Happened to Justice?" from those that had read it and obviously delighted in your masterpiece, I supposed you must be sick of all the flattery, but after finishing that book as well as "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" I didn't know how I couldn't thank you.

I want to thank you not only for simply possessing such COMMON SENSE, but for utilizing the knowledge that you have attained for a good cause. You would not believe how much you have taught me.

I am a home-educated jr. in high school, and up until this year, I haven't studied much in the area of economics or politics, although I love to read and those subjects have always interested me. My mom had ordered your books a few years ago and reminded me that we had them, so I picked up "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? " and could hardly put it down. I had no idea, however, that the subsequent ones just got better!

Your views on politics and the government were so on key, and the manner in which you wrote the book made it possible for even me to understand! I honestly can't quite express how you have changed my outlook so much, regarding politics and law. You have brilliantly taken any questions that I might have previously had, and unabashedly shared your insight and perception. The fact that you are able to think through and transcribe in such a helpful way your insight on such fundamental issues is what I appreciate the most, as well as your earnestness that we become more aware of what goes on around us, that we desert our ignorant and complacent habits and bear more responsibility. Our nation has gone far too long without "the facts," and I am so excited when I am able to be informed of these essential truths.

Besides the Bible, this is some of the most significant material I have ever laid my hands on.

Thank you, and keep it up!

Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?

"Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?"* discusses political labels. What do they mean? Liberal, conservative, left, right, democrat, republican, moderate, socialist, libertarian, communist-what are their economic policies and what plans do their promoters have for your money?

Clear, concise explanations. Facts and fallacies. Does inconsistency to the original American philosophy endanger liberty? Another great addition to the 'Uncle Eric Books' series.

(Reviewed by AB, 13 years old, Letter Dated: 11 June, 2000)
I have read your book "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?" I really enjoyed it. It really helped me understand what was going on in the news with the election...My whole family really enjoyed your book. We told all of our neighbors about it, and now, they want to read it. It is going to be passed all around our Church too. It was really a fun way to learn some pretty confusing things. It was much better than reading it out of a text book!

World War I

"World War I"* - The explosion of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 was the beginning of a chain reaction that continues today. Mr. Maybury presents an idea-based explanation of the First World War. He focuses on the ideas and events that led to World War I, events during the war, and how they led to World War II. Includes the ten deadly ideas that lead to war.

Packed with maps, a bibliography, and glossary, this book and its sequel "World War II"* are must reading for the World History Student

Suggested for use for courses in World History, U.S. History, International Relations, Economics, Business, Finance, and Government.

Richard Maybury is a great author! In his two-volume world war series, "World War II" along with the companion volume "World War I," Maybury will give you a new perspective on wars and history, filled with facts of interest rarely mentioned elsewhere. "Uncle Eric" writes succinctly and in a way to be understood. Highly, highly recommended!(Jim Cox, Author, "The Concise Guide to Economics," Associate Professor Georgia Perimeter College)

Other books in the 'Uncle Eric Books' series are:

  • Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today"*
  • The Thousand Year War in the Middle East: How It Affects You Today"
  • "Uncle Eric Talks About Personal Career and Financial Security"*
  • "Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This?"

I highly recommend this series as a staple for your high school student's studies!

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