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The Wealth of Nations: The Economics Classic - A selected edition for the contemporary reader (Capstone Classics)

The Wealth of Nations: The Economics Classic - A selected edition for the contemporary reader (Capstone Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Adam Smith , Tom Butler-Bowdon
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Published in 1778, The Wealth of Nations was the first book on economics to catch the public's attention. It provides a recipe for national prosperity that has not been bettered since, based on small government and the freedom of citizens to act in their best interests. It reassuringly assumes no knowledge of its subject, and over 200 years on still provides valuable lessons on the fundamentals of economics. This deluxe, selected edition is a stylish keepsake from the Capstone Classics series.

This edition includes:

  • An abridged selection of all 5 books for the contemporary reader
  • An original commentary offering new research and analysis by classic literature guru Tom Butler-Bowdon 
  • A biography and chronology of Adam Smith's life and the events surrounding the original publication of the work

Today, The Wealth of Nations is still essential reading for any business or self-development library, reminding us that it is the ingenuity and drive of people, not governments, that remains the source of personal, national and global prosperity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857080776
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (12 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2BSY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 29 Mar 2011
Thinking it was going to be a dry economic text I was pleasantly surprised to discover some of the principles upon which Smith had founded his theories. It's idea that a country should seek to develop its own agricultural and food basis was particularly interesting and ahead of its time (considering the growing importance of envirnoment issues in this day and age). Butler - Bowdon's commentery was also invaluable - helped clarify the content of book and neatly identified the key themes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
The title of this review is from the Foreword to this volume, written by Eamonn Butler (Director of the Adam Smith Institute), and continues as follows: " The Wealth of Nations "transformed how we think about the nature of economic life, turning it from an ancient to a recognizably modern form." Razeen Sally is Senior Lecturer in International Politic al Economy at London School of Economics and Co-Director of Eureopean Centre for Political Economy (ECIPE). In the Preface, he observes, " The governing principles of the Smithian economic system is 'natural liberty' (or non-intervention), which allows 'every man to pursue his own interest his own way, upon the liberal plan of equality, liberty and justice.' And as Smith goes on to say, 'All systems of preference or restraint, therefore, being thus completely taken away, the obvious and simple system natural liberty establishes itself of its own accord.'"

Those who have read one or more of the volumes that comprise Tom Butler-Bowdon's "50 Classics" series already know that he possesses superior reasoning and writing skills as well as a relentless curiosity when conducting research on history's greatest thinkers and their major works. For these and other reasons, I cannot think of another person better qualified to provide the introductions to the volumes that comprise a new series, "Capstone Classics."

Unlike so many others, he provides more, much more than a flimsy "briefing" to the given work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect value for money 1 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great condition, arrived when expected, perfect.
This was a gift for my godson, studying politics and economics; he found it invaluable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introductory book 12 Aug 2013
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This is a good introductory book to get an overview before reading all the volumes of Adam Smiths, The wealth of nations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a heavy read 7 July 2011
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I bought it to reprise my earlier reading of it. It was informational and a bit of a hard read. (which I had obviously forgotten in the mists of time). Still full of wonderful words of wisdom and common sense.
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