A novel of markets and morals.
Adam Smith is back to set the record straight....
If Adam Smith returned to life, would he admire the global capitalist system that honors him or would he be horrified?
The Wealth of Nations is Smith's most popular work, but Smith himself revered his Theory of Moral Sentiments, an unread classic that searches for the wellsprings of human happiness and virtue. There is virtue in markets, yet Adam Smith would have been appalled by a world that holds wealth above human connections, a world of markets unsupported by an underlying moral fabric ... a world like ours.
And so it is in Jonathan Wight's Saving Adam Smith, a wondrous imagining in which Adam Smith stands before us todaygenerous, incisive, committed, and unflinchingly honest. As Smith was a revelation to his contemporaries, so he is to us: a man whose true messageobscured by centuries of misinformation and caricaturehas never been more vital for sustaining business and society.
Adam Smith has come back to life ... and is he upset....
Adam Smith ... You've heard of him. The Father of Modern Economics. Died in 1790 ... but two centuries later, Adam Smith's spirit is tortured by what it sees on Earth. Tortured by the caricatures promoted in his name. Tortured that we've forgotten the morality at the heart of his message on wealth. Tortured enough to return to Earth ... in the body of an immigrant mechanic in Virginia.
Is this madness? At first, doctoral student Richard Burns thinks so. But not for long ....
In Saving Adam Smith, Jonathan Wight summons Adam Smith back to life, in a heart-pounding adventure ripped straight out of today's headlines. As the suspense builds, Burns rediscovers Adam Smith's most profound insight about markets: Selfishness is simply not enough. But will heand Adam Smithsurvive long enough to share it?"Wight's book is astonishingly good. The storytelling is as good as the business best seller, The Goal, and the economics is better. A few more books like this and economics will no longer be the obscure and dismal science it now seems to the public."Deirdre McCloskey,
Was assigned this book for school, but despite that I ended up loving it! The story is interesting and compelling, whilst still making interesting economic points. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Alves
I wish every economist would read this book to get the breadth of Adam Smith's philosophy. His "Moral Sentiments" is the most important of his writings, and it is the most... Read morePublished 15 months ago by V. W. House
the product was as described and reached my home within a reasonable amount of time and the price was fair.Published 15 months ago by Arpit Pathak
the book is simple and interesting. It helps one understand how wealth is related to/not related to happiness and other moral values in life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by AS
Although fictitious and occasionally preachy, this book had several good points which outlined the importance of an economic system run by morals. All in all it was goodPublished 20 months ago by Cole lorimer
Great book. A must read for anyone who thinks they understand Adam Smith's approach to economics. Some surprises in store.Published on October 26, 2010 by RandyF
This book was very disappointing because I was hoping to get a new perspective on economic thought. However, what I read was nothing of the sort. Read morePublished on May 27, 2004 by Jay Schumacher
Ok, I am an economist, and I know that no self respecting economist these days actually believes this stuff. Read morePublished on January 15, 2004