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Niall Kishtainy

Niall Kishtainy - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Are you a specialist who wants to write for a non-specialist audience? I can help you to communicate your ideas with clarity and passion.

Overview

I'm a writer and editor with a proven track record of communicating specialist, often technical topics to a general readership. I’ve published three highly successful popular books on economics, social science and history with top traditional publishers.

I’ve acted as an editorial consultant and manuscript assessor for Cambridge University Press, Dorling Kindersley and Phaidon Press, with a focus on making non-fiction writing accessible to a general readership. I’ve also worked as a journalist and written and edited reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United Nations, the World Bank and for various governments.

I earned a PhD in economics and spent a decade teaching in major British universities while pursuing a parallel career as a writer. This has deepened my understanding of the task of making specialist and academic ideas appealing to the broadest of audiences.​

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Economics Education & Reference Finance & Accounting History Philosophy Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences Technology

Certifications

  • PhD in economics

Work experience

Writer and editor

Freelance
December, 2011 – Present (about 6 years)

I wrote and edited books and articles on economics, social science and history. My most recent book is A Little History of Economics, published by Yale University Press.

Guest teacher

London School of Economics
September, 2011 – June, 2017 (over 5 years)

I taught economic history to graduate and undergraduate students.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

A Little History of Economics (Little Histories)

Niall Kishtainy

A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and... read more

A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and... read more

Economics in Minutes (In Minutes (Quercus))

Niall Kishtainy

"Economics in Minutes" condenses key economics concepts into 200 short and easily digested essays. Featuring not only fundamental ideas, such as the role of money and how the stock market works, but also subjects that are increasingly important to us today - unemployment, government debt and corporate tax avoidance, for example. Economics in Minutes is the ideal introduction to a complex and v... read more

"Economics in Minutes" condenses key economics concepts into 200 short and easily digested essays. Featuring not only fundamental ideas, such as the role of money and how the stock market works, but also subjects that are increasingly important to us today - unemployment, government debt and corporate tax avoidance, for example. Economics in Minutes is the ideal introduction to a complex and v... read more

The Economics Book

All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to economics.Bring economics to life with The Economics Book, an essential guide to more that 100 of the big ideas in economic theory and practice covering everything from ancient theories right up to cutting-edge modern developments.From Aristotle to John Maynard Keynes and beyond, all the greatest economists and their t... read more

All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to economics.Bring economics to life with The Economics Book, an essential guide to more that 100 of the big ideas in economic theory and practice covering everything from ancient theories right up to cutting-edge modern developments.From Aristotle to John Maynard Keynes and beyond, all the greatest economists and their t... read more

The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

DK

From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today — Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more — The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought. With easy-to-follow grap... read more

From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today — Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more — The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought. With easy-to-follow grap... read more

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