After a few hundred pages, it was hard to not start skimming.
The book offers many interesting insight and should be read as a strong case for a revaluation of the role of bourgeoisie in the history of economic progress.
Too often other plausible explanations were dismissed with little if any careful analysis.
great book, great scholarship, great conclusions, free markets and free people fully explainedPublished 2 months ago by Loren P Ameen
One of the few books that has changed the way I look at the world. Ideas, rhetoric, semantics, language are not only important; they are really all there is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edward Kless
10% brilliance and 80% appeal to professional economists and historians and 10% unnecessary compounding of names, examples and critique into single sentences that left this reader... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Harper
A few interesting points are made. It might have been worth the 99 cents I paid for it, but I'm not entirely sure. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Benjamin D. Steele
A great read. Cuts through so much of the economic and prosperity waffle of our time. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Peterson
McCloskey's style is fluid and integrates knowledge of history, economics, and capitalism. It is a stunning approach to understanding why capitalism creates prosperity.Published 22 months ago by Jeanne Kipp
Deirdre McCloskey's exploration of the causes of the industrial revolution is simply a breath-taking achievement: first, because it gathers in one place the fantastic number and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Martin Gurri
McCloskey's premise in this book is that a revolution in ideas and rhetoric is what led to the success of the Western world. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jenna A. Robinson
I wanted to read this book because it was so highly recommended by James Pethokoukis. It contains some profound thoughts and ideas, but it is hard to get to those because the... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Kenneth D. Willis