Seabright's book is a must read if these issues are of interest to you.
This is one of several topics in the final chapters of the book which are only touched upon and which would repay our closer attention.
The innovation in this book lies in its treatment of the psychological prerequisites of modern economic life.
Based on previous reviews, I think this book's qualities for various readers have a lot to do with the filter or expectations each reader brings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PHIL
Seabright brings our understanding of economics to a deeper level by rooting it not just in a natural desire to trade but in the ability - developed over the last ten thousand... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stuart R. Lynn
A great introduction to the history of economic life as well as a reference to numerous phenomena that play a vital role yet remain unnoticed in our everyday life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Konstantinos Nakos
I'm an economist who researchers, thinks about, and writes about these issues all the time. It has been a long time since I was so impressed with an author's creativity. Read morePublished 24 months ago by F. Bailey Norwood
The progress of humans over the past ten thousand years and, in particular, over the past two hundred years has been both remarkable and entirely unforeseen. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by Jean Parmesan
Interesting book which is similar to Matt Ridley's the rational optimist. The underlying theme is great for non economist, how do we prosper through cooperation.Published on October 14, 2010 by PKHonduras
A fascinating look at "the grand experiment"; why is it that human beings are the only species where genetically dissimilar individuals rely upon each other for task sharing and... Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by Ron Hekier
This book addresses the question how trust between strangers is possible to the extent that we have build a whole social and economic system on it. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by JJ vd Weele
"The Company of Strangers" is heavily dependent upon author Seabright's interpretation of human evolutionary history and sociology and hence the material is sensitive to his... Read morePublished on October 29, 2005 by Robert K. Adair