With proposals such as the Clinton- and McCain-sponsored gas tax cut on the table and trade agreements like NAFTA up for debate, it would be nice if voters had enough of an understanding of economics to reach an informed opinion of their own. Unfortunately, you could graduate from an Ivy League school these days and still not have a clue about the fundamental economic principles at work in modern society.
So I'd like to propose a basic reading list.
Wheelan: Naked Economics
Hazlett: Economics in One Lesson
Heilbroner: The Worldly Philosophers
Hayek: The Road to Serfdom
Wheelan's book in itself will demystify much of economics and is an easy read.