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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. In his 32-page Introduction, Butler-Bowdon discusses subjects, events, issues, and development such as these in order to create a context, a frame-of-reference, for Smith's insights:

o Adam Smith and the world in which he lived
o The Wealth of Nations (TWON): Its origins and influences
o The major political and economic issues that it addresses
o The meaning and significance of two terms, "wealth" and "nations," in the book's title
o Contemporary works with which it was compared and contrasted
o Adam Smith's views on social relations
o How a strong market "works"
o Why specialization is "the key to prosperity"
o Smith's views on enlightened self-interest as opposed to society's best interests
o The crucial role of capital
o How and why SMith differentiates (in TWON) a nation's productivity and its system of currency
o The respective roles of price and demand in a market economy
o TWON's "agrarian bias"
o Smith's views on government's proper role
o Correlations between personal wealth and natural wealth

There are dozens of others, of course, but hopefully these will provide at least some indication of the scope of Butler-Nowdon's coverage in the 32-page Introduction. As indicated earlier, is to create a context, a frame-of-reference, for Adam Smith's insights. He does so brilliantly and also in each of the other volumes in the "Capstone Classics" series that have been published thus far.
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on 29 March 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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on 18 June 2016
The book is fascinating and hugely insightful. This edition is very well presented with relevant introductions and, unlike most "grown up" books, has a good size font which makes it pleasant on the eyes when reading. I highly recommend.
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on 12 August 2013
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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on 12 October 2015
Classic book which helped loads with my economic studies
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on 5 September 2015
What a man…to have conceived of such.
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on 8 March 2011
Though dated in terms of years and industry a good way to get to grips with what Adam Smith was all about.
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on 25 March 2015
perfect
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on 1 November 2013
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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on 4 January 2011
I didn't expect much in terms of this particular edition and it's fine, quite large print and reasonable quality binding. The only disappointment is the orange band around the book, which is a simple paper slipover, not an integral part of the cover design, so a bit of a let down.
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