Named a Favorite Business Book of 2010--James Pressley, " Bloomberg BusinessWeek
"--James Pressley "Bloomberg Business Week "
"[Adam Smith] tries, very successfully, to pull together the two Smiths, letting us see how the man of feeling became the little god of finance. . . making it plain that Smith was more moral-man than market-man."--Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker
" --Adam Gopnik"The New Yorker" (10/18/2010)
"An unabashedly intellectual biography. . . . It is indeed enlightening to understand the broader sweep of [Adam Smith''s] vision."--Nancy F./i>--Nancy F. Koehn "New York Times "
"In a feast of both writing and erudition, Nicholas Phillipson has recreated the intellectual and mercantile world of Adam Smith, and shows how it shaped Smith''s two masterpieces, the "Theory of Moral Sentiments" and the "Wealth of Nations". He sets Smith''s economics firmly in the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment - and especially of his great friend David Hume - and argues compellingly that for Smith material improvement was not an end in itself, but a necessary condition for human ennoblement, which was the grand aim of his life''s work. A wonderful, thought-provoking book."--Robert Skidelsky, biographer of John Maynard Keynes--Robert Skidelsky
"This is easily the best book on Smith I've read: a wonderfully accessible, thoroughly researched, full-bodied drama examining the philosopher and economist. Phillipson's biography presents Smith as a living personality, not just an imposing intellect, tracking his social, economic, and political moves from his birthplace Kirkcaldy, to Glasgow and Oxford, through his various lectures and professorships, travels around Europe, preparation of "The Wealth of Nations," and finally to his work for the government. In doing so, it makes a strong case for the importance and complexity - perhaps primacy - of the Scottish Enlightenment and the men who contributed to it. In clean and clear prose, Phillipson explains what Smith was writing and why he was writing it, whether moral philosophy, jurisprudence, rhetoric or political economy. This beguiling blend of Smith's intellection and experience should appeal to anyone interested in the making of the modern world."--David Hancock, author of "Ocean
"Nicholas Phillipson''s lifelong study of Adam Smith has been well worth waiting for. Phillipson treats Smith''s "The Wealth of Nations" as the sequel to his "Theory of Moral Sentiments". Political economy and the history of society were handmaids to the moral philosophy which Enlightenment thinkers intended as the replacement of religion. This story has never been better told than in this deeply sympathetic biography of an intellectually ambitious but personally modest man, and it is a superb portrait of the Scotland, Britain and Europe he lived in."-- J.G.A. Pocock, Johns Hopkins University--J.G.A. Pocock
Named a Best Business Book of 2010--Tyler Cowen, NPR''s "Marketplace"
--Tyler Cowen "NPR's Marketplace "
"A fascinating book. . . . Adam Smith finally has the biography that he deserves, and it could not be more timely."--Jeffrey Collins, "Wall Street Journal"--Jeffrey Collins "Wall Street Journal "
Named a Best Business Book of 2010 by Tyler Cowen, NPR''s "Marketplace"--Tyler Cowen "NPR's Marketplace "
"An unabashedly intellectual biography . . . [written] in graceful prose. . . . For all that subsequent generations, no less our own, have taken from Smith''s economic contributions, it is indeed enlightening to understand the broader sweep of his vision."--;i>New York Times"--Nancy F. Koehn "New York Times "
"This year, my favorite business book was Nicholas Phillipson''s biography of Adam Smith. It showed that Smith is still the greatest economist of all time, wise about human nature, and that he understands the power of capitalism."--Tyler Cowen, NPR''s "Marketplace"--Tyler Cowen "NPR's Marketplace "
Named a Favorite Business Book of 2010 by James Pressley, " Bloomberg BusinessWeek"--James Pressley "Bloomberg Business Week "
"[An] excellent intellectual biography. . . . When Phillipson discusses "The Wealth of Nations", it''s hard not to discern parallels between Smith''s time and our own."--Michael Dirda, "Washington Post"--Michael Dirda "Washington Post "
"[Nicholas Phillipson] tries, very successfully, to pull together the two Smiths, letting us see how the man of feeling became the little god of finance. . . making it plain that Smith was more moral-man than market-man."--Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker"--Adam Gopnik"The New Yorker" (10/18/2010)
"An absorbing and elegant account of Smith''s mind and of the Scottish context, social and intellectual, that produced it."--Blair Worden, "The Spectator" (London)--Blair Worden "The Spectator "