"I thought Wight's book 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: Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois and Tinbergen Professor, Rotterdam University"SAVING ADAM SMITH uses a modern-day story to give a contemporary voice to the "Father of Capitalism," who for too long has been maligned, misquoted and misunderstood, in order to rationalize an economic system that he himself would never have promoted. I recommend this book to anyone who is studying, teaching or engaged in business, as it holds the key for a moral blueprint from which "economic integration" and trade can be implemented via a socially responsible approach to globalization. Anyone who talks about the "invisible hand" and doesn't understand the moral context in which it operates has probably never read this book, nor ever had the pleasure of a campfire conversation with Adam Smith!"Daniel J. Gertsacov, CEO, Forum on Business and Social Responsibility in the Americas (Forum EMPRESA)"We all live in Adam Smith's economic world, but as Jonathan Wight's wise and witty story show us, it's not exactly the world that Smith had in mind. In his lively tale, Wight brings Smith back to remind economics students and readers of all stripe, that we are not here to serve the economy, the economy is here to serve the needs of everyone in our society."Joanne B. Ciulla, is Professor at the University of Richmond and author of "The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work." "Wight's tale of adventure presents Smith's insights about self-interest in the wider context of his social philosophy. The book challenges students and economists to follow Smith in making room for justice and conscience in economic choices."David C. Smith President, Council for Ethics in Economics
From the Back Cover
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,
Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, and English,
University of Illinois at Chicago