- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (February 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765622262
- ISBN-13: 978-0765622266
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,331,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With a supreme, lively blend of economics and sociology of economics, Skousen has magnificently managed to put flesh, blood, and DNA on the skeleton of economics in this survey of great economic thinkers. ... His new work is must reading for economists who want to acquire professional depth and richness. Summing Up: Essential **** --Four Star Review from CHOICE, June 2009
About the Author
Mark Skousen has taught economics and finance at Rollins College since 1986. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University in 1977. His books include "The Structure of Production," "Economics on Trial," and "Puzzles and Paradoxes in Economics." He is also the editor of "Forecasts and Strategies," a monthly investment newsletter, and a columnist for "Forbes" magazine.
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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.
This book helped me see why? And it helps me
talk to him in ways that make sense. Why? Because
Skousen does such a good job at sharing the evolving
uncertain nature of economics--and the power gained
by being interested in economics.
Brilliant work. A must read for anyone who wants to
be a good citizen of the US, or the planet.
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.
remarkable considering any book on economics is generally slow reading due to the
dry subject matter. Mark Skousen is an effective writer and communicator. The
economists included are given a personal treatment regarding their background.
Many were unique characters and events in their lives impacted their economic
theories. My initial reason to read this book was to understand how our
economic world has come to the current era that blends free market principles,
a la, Adam Smith with substantial governmental and central banking intervention.