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The Wealth of Nations
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on December 20, 2017
I am an avid reader and I have to say, this is the greatest book I've ever read.

This book holds the keys to national prosperity. It's almost unfathomable to me that one book can teach so much. You will learn about what an economy is, trade, wages, banking, monetary policy, taxes, public debts, agriculture, history, the list goes on and on.

This book is must-read.

Now a review of this specific edition: The font is quite small which makes it hard to read. This is especially a consideration for a 586 page book. I suggest finding another (rather than this Simon & Brown).
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on January 5, 2015
I have read Wealth of Nations a couple of times and decided to download a copy to my phone so I can have it on hand always. Saying that, I still feel if you want to know how we (the middle class) got in such a financial quandary nowadays, I say go back to the best tutorial ever written, (so far). Adam Smith's insight into the business man's mind is as point on today as it was in the 1700's. He warned us then, what is happening now; fiat money, collusion, government favoritism, etc. Problem is, people would have to pick up a book and read about the darker side of the business world and the effect it has on the 'consumer', 'citizen', and 'environment'. It is difficult to influence a population with one book; when the population is bombarded 24/7 with business propaganda. As Smith says, "I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good." Today, I watch with amazement as every industry, (oil, auto industry, agri-business, etc.), advertise how 'green' and 'pro-consumer' they are.
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on September 20, 2013
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith is truly an epic classic in our time. This 1000+page is obviously not that easy to read. (Especially in the part that he discusses Silver, etc.) Some of the ideas are ones that we've become very familiar with in our modern lives, not only in the field of economics, but also in politics, religion, law, and finance.

Particularly interesting were his thesis on "Division of Labor"(page 15), rules of market place based on self interest(page 23-24), description of banking crisis (page 395), free trade (page 572, with the famous "invisible hand"), property rights (page 684), description of Founding Fathers in US (page 790), free market principle (page 873), rule of law (page 901, 1157), role of government (page 919), human nature and incentives (page 965), freedom of religion (page 1000-1001), progressive tax system (page 1065), government debt (page 1171), currency devaluation (page 1185).

Many of the ideas that form a basis of American/Western society can be traced back to the ideas found in Wealth of Nations, which would be no small feat. (Rules of the market place, rule of law, property rights, freedom of religion comes to mind.)

I would recommend it to anyone who has the will and time to peruse this superb volume.
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on June 7, 2014
It's Adam Smith. It's Wealth of Nations. It's foundational. There's nothing to critique about the book in this paltry review that all shed worthwhile light on the text itself that hasn't been more intelligently and fully examined over the last few hundred years by thousands of economists and thinkers around the world.

However, as far as the Kindle version is concerned, and I'm only specifically talking about the format/medium of this text, that's just ok. Most of these free Kindle books leave a lot to be desired and this is no different. Since it wasn't translated we don't have to argue over the quality of the interpretation, however it is a dense tome and I find these require a little more navigation for full digestion. A lot of flipping back and forth, checking out the index, notes, table of contents, previous chapters, etc. And all of this is a bit challenging to do on the Kindle. Nevertheless, the text seems to fine. Scanned alright. So if you want to casually explore the thoughts of Smith on a less than ideal platform, here you go. As a scholar, I'd prefer a hard copy.
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on May 20, 2018
This book, written in 1780s, is outdated and appropriately so. The use of the language can be arcane at times, the examples likewise. At times I could read a passage over ad nausium, yet it would be vex me all the same. And it verbosity is compared to modern standards, on another level. sentences that are composed of five or more lines is constant. However, as you read you it will begin to be revealed why it has received so much approbation. It covers many of the topics that are, nowadays, considered fundamental constitutes of classical economics, and indeed many news books are probably much better suited for teaching about basic economics, but as relic of the past and for its tremendous influence i give it five stars.
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on June 1, 2014
This text by Adam Smith summarizes capitalism in it's purest sense. How markets move, why they move, and thought experiments on how variables affect the outcomes. It's famous for a reason. It's a bit hard to get through in some parts, but this is a good version of the text for students. Pick it up and let your life be changed.
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on September 17, 2017
The book seems to be reprinted on demand. But the formatting gets flawed in the process.

Pages (including page numbers) and paragraphs seem haphazardly placed. Numerous
paragraphs start with lowercase.

It is complete waste of paper and ink to reprint a book like this.
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on July 26, 2017
Very disappointed with this format. It is obvious that it is printed on demand in the cheapest way possible. The print is small, the pages are filled top to bottom and edge to edge with print. Do yourself a favor and buy a used copy hardbound and you will be very happy.
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on May 21, 2017
Be careful of this version. It's the one with a hand on the cover and a bunch of money. From what I can tell, the publisher is not listed. It only contains Book 1. I'd recommend purchasing it from another source. I will be asking for a refund.
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on December 31, 2015
Adam Smith's magnum opus and what is called the first modern work of economics. Smith is cited as the father of modern economics and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today. What an incredible snapshot of the World economy in the 18th century. Not just Britain, but all of Europe, China, India, and the colonies. The book is loaded with historical content. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Religious institutions near the end of the book. It is a very long read and their are a lot of statistics and details that are quite obsolete.
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