Drop everything you’re doing and read this book. Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan is phenomenal. It’s Econ 101 with no charts, no graphs, and no formulas: just common sense. I’ve read it three times now, and been energized every single time.
For your previewing pleasure, here’s an excerpt from the book courtesy of Amazon Kindle for the Web. The reader is still in Beta, so it may take some adjustment to get the font size and line spacing just right. Consider viewing it in full screen. I enjoyed reading the foreword by Burton Malkiel, but you can skip to Chapter 1 if you’re short on time.