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The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of Great Thinkers 2nd Edition
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I am someone who came late to finding economics interesting. Having got to that point, I was the proverbial blind man walking around the proverbial elephant, trying to figure out what it is by feeling the trunk or the leg. A bit of Keynes and a bit of Friedman. I needed a map (excuse the mixed metaphors). This book is a wonderful map. How do Smith & Ricardo and Say and Menger and von Mises all fit together, and how did the thinking evolve? And even more relevant: when a politician advocates an economic program, how do I form an opinion for or against? As a non-economist, this book has given me traction on answering that question. So now Bohm-Bawerk is sitting on my bookshelf alongside Rothbard and Keynes, ready for the deeper dive. I know where my opinions fit (for now) in the spectrum from Marx to von Mises.
My thanks to Mark Skousen. I am now reading his "The Structure of Production" - equally fascinating.
Far from being a dry text, it puts the economic concepts and economists in their historical context. The concepts and their relative merits are discussed in some detail but as a reader you do get regular breaks as you are introduced to the players and learn about their lives
If you are curious about economics; if you would like to better understand the principles that underlie many of today's public policy debates and you enjoy reading history or biographies, this is a book that you will find to be entertaining and rewarding.
Never have i looked so eagerly to finish any book.
This book is the most interesting, and most informative of all economics books i have read, put together.
It is eminently simple, fun and is filled with dry wit and sarcasm many a time.
I hope they make it a text book, as students would love this.
Economists discussed include: Adam Smith [1723-1790], Jean-Baptiste Say [1767-1832], Frédéric Bastiat [1801-1850], Robert Thomas Malthus [1766-1834], David Ricardo [1772-1823], John Stuart Mill [1806-1873], Jeremy Bentham [1748-1832], Karl Marx [1818-1883], Carl Menger [1840-1921], Eugen Böhm-Bawerk [1851-1914], Alfred Marshall [1842-1924], William Stanley Jevons [1835-1882], Léon Walras [1834-1910], Vilfredo Pareto [1848-1923], Francis Y. Edgeworth [1845-1926], Henry George [1839-1897], John Bates Clark [1847-1938], Frank A. Fetter [1863-1949], Thorstein Veblen [1857-1929], Max Weber [1864-1920], Irving Fisher [1867-1947], Ludwig von Mises [1881-1973], Friedrich A. Hayek [1889-1992], John Maynard Keynes [1883-1946], Paul Samuelson [1915- xxxx], Murray Rothbard [1928-1995], Milton Friedman [1912-2006], and Joseph Schumpeter [1883-1950].Read more ›
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I got this book as an e-book and the pages were not properly numbered, I had a hard time with that... I recommend that if you need this book, get the hard copy.Published 2 months ago by Sue
This book is an incredible read and I love how it flows. It shows the wild and crazy roller coaster ride that the history of economic thought has been through. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Justin
Great book! It was actually was very hard to put down. This book goes through all the great economists and makes their personal lives interesting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bradley R. Hennenfent
This book is just fabulous and provides a great history of economic thinking over many years. It was extremely well-researched and thought out. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ali
My brother is an artist, and so, fairly anti-capitalist.
This book helped me see why? And it helps me
talk to him in ways that make sense. Why? Read more
The is the best book because it describes the best economic methods that we should be using in this country, not the way our government is doing right now.Published on August 22, 2013 by Ronald D. Westervelt
For those who like to learn the nature of the evolution of economic ideas, particularly free-market ideas this is a wonderful source. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Robin L. Orenbuch
This retrospective of economic history since Adam Smith is easy to read. This is
remarkable considering any book on economics is generally slow reading due to the
dry... Read more