Paul Seabright's new book is a welcome and important contribution to this process.
Humans have developed institutions to increase our material well-being based on the knowledge that if I do my job, you will do yours, and together we could prosper.
The end result is a book that is extremely well written, thought provoking and full of quotable passages.
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 7 months 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 21 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 on January 24, 2013 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 on September 7, 2012 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