Is Capitalism Working? is a deeply relevant question today, especially to a generation coming of age in a world still experiencing aftershocks from the near-meltdown of the world economy in 2008. Economic theory can be complex, but Jacob Field´s well-structured and thought-provoking text lays out the debate in a clear, accessible, and engaging way. Augmenting Field´s text are shrewdly ѕelected illustrations that help readers grasp the basic tenets, history, and context of capitalism.Field lays out this entry in the "Big Idea" series in four distinct sections: "How Capitalism Evolved," which provides a brief history of capitalism and theories such as utilitarianism and Marxism; "How Modern Capitalism Works," which explores the successes of capitalism as a national and international economic model; "Capitalism in Crisis," which lays out the failures and arguments against capitalism; and "Adapting the Capitalist Model," which scrutinizes successful alternatives to capitalism. Ultimately, Is Capitalism Working? allows readers to draw their own conclusions, providing a helpful primer on capitalism and a framework for understanding the challenging question of its effectiveness.