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Wealth of Nations (Great Minds Series) Paperback – Abridged, December 1, 1991
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''(Narrator) Edwards enunciates with unusual clarity, which helps with a book published in 1776.'' --Talking Book Review
''Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things.'' --Robert L. Heilbroner, author of The Worldly Philosophers
''The Wealth of Nations is no defender of 'greed is good' economics; the author's humanity and benevolence tint every page.'' --Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute
''Simply the best book on political economy ever written. It is a genuine 'breakthrough' book whose magisterial scope and synthesis have not been surpassed.'' --Dr. Razeen Sally, senior lecturer, London School of Economics, and codirector of the European Center for Political Economy --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written in clear and incisive prose, The Wealth of Nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society; and Robert Reich's new Introduction for this edition both clarifies Smith's analyses and illuminates his overall relevance to the world in which we live. As Reich writes, "Smith's mind ranged over issues as fresh and topical today as they were in the late eighteenth century--jobs, wages, politics, government, trade, education, business, and ethics." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This is the only version that I recommend people to buy. It is most beautifully written and it wont be a bore if you are interested in these kind of books.
Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is a must in everybody personal library and this version of Bantam is more than worth the money.
On the plus side, this edition does include the explanatory call-outs of the original (in italics at the end of each section they pertain to) and the lengthy 1906 explanatory introduction by Edwin Cannan (though for some reason not the introduction by Robert Rubin to the recent Modern Library paperback).
But it's a shame that Modern Library didn't do a better job with the formatting, especially since other Kindle publishers have made TWON available at a fraction of what Modern Library charges.