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The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought Paperback – November 11, 2003
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My main qualm regards Muller's treatment of the left. Although all of the selections are understandable (Marx is a must, Lukacs is representative of 20th century communism and easy to juxtapose with Freyer, while Marcuse is representative of the New Left), large strands of interesting left-wing thought are omitted. Karl Polanyi who wrote the classic about the industrial revolution and the nature of the market ("The Great Transformation") and who seems like a perfect addition to such a book is only mentioned in one of the hundreds of footnotes. Anarchists seem non-existent.Read more ›
Capitalism, as a global culture that defines our modern civilization, is therefore too important to be left to the economists. Jerry Z. Muller, a historian, has given us a book which in its sweep and breadth is up to the task of giving us a deeply thoughtful and insightful analysis of the evolution of capitalism's political, economic, social, ethical and psychological threads from early European thinking through the big intellectual ideas of the late Twentieth Century. He tells the story of the idea of the market, as it is formed and transformed by the great socio-politico-economic intellectuals - Voltaire, Adam Smith, Burke, Hegel, Marx, Simmell, Schumpeter, Keynes, Marcuse, Hayek, and others. As a historian, Muller interprets each man in the context of his time and culture. Muller's analysis is even handed, one of the great virtues of the book.Read more ›
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worst book ive ever read. cant beieve i was forced to buy this garbage for my capitalism class. waste of money, and time. most useless class i have ever taken as well. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Salah Sibai
It was an Essential Book. The writer made me realize radical and intrinsic things, minds of the modern market and capitalism. I absolutely satisfied.
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Very interesting and informative read, with muller always keeping his larger theme in mind and explaining how each author adds to our understanding.Published 17 months ago by reviewer
Well written, very accessible, and comprehensive enough. Good at providing a relatively balanced view. Read morePublished 18 months ago by H. Jang
I can strongly recommend this book. Muller lays out the liberal free market idea from Adam Smith onwards, as he says, looking at "the best that has been thought and said". Read morePublished 19 months ago by Baraniecki Mark Stuart
My favorite book the my History of Economic Thought class in college. This book is so informative on the evolution of economics and great at explaining the difference in economic... Read morePublished on August 25, 2014 by Amanda Jernigan
An impressive survey on the evolution of the concept of capitalism, its historical and cultural contexts, and the views of its leading proponents and critics -- including Voltaire... Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by Don A