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The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers (Penguin Business Library)
The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers (Penguin Business Library)
by Robert L Heilbroner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A skillful lesson on economic lore, 4 Mar 2005
As anyone who has ever endeavored to study the main economic texts of history will attest, economic reading can be a veritable desert of dusty prose. This book however manages to articulate the main concepts of a somewhat arcane field with clarity and breadth.
Personally I am rather deterred by formulae and graphs and fortunately this book is afflicted by neither. Heilbroner covers every stage of our economic history and development with an accessible style that conveys the main concepts of what can be rather complex economic theories with relevant anecdotes on the economists who penned them and their sometimes eccentric personalities (As with Thorstein Veblen, a strange intellectual giant who spoke 25 languages and was quoted as being 'the last man who knew everything', was largely ostracized by his peers for his radical views on the leisure class and who was adamant that upon his death no monuments, paintings or memorials of any kind be left in his memory).
This book is perfect for anyone interested in understanding how economics interacts with politics, morality and society and how the ideas of the great economic thinkers influenced our historical development right upto the present day.


The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
by Howard K. Bloom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.33

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and provoking, 10 Dec 2002
12 years in the making this book thoroughly and authoritatively examines human nature from a number of perspectives and fuses them with history, psychology and behaviour, providing insight into the very mechanisms that drive humans to exhibit such brutal yet constructive behaviours throughout history upto the present. Bloom cleverly illustrates that the fundamental concepts of the superorganism, ideas and the pecking order which constitute his 'lucifer principle' dynamically interact to produce the contrasting extremes of violent and creative behaviours of humans which have characterised our bloody rise to civilisation.
A book that at moments makes you resent mother nature for imbuing us with such a necessary capacity for destruction, Bloom finally delivers with an optimistic outlook for the future of the human race.


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