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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 December 2011
A fascinating book which blends economic theories with the the stories of the lives of those who developed them. The author follows a chronological sequence of economists and the historical context in which they developed their ideas, with clear explanations of their theories. It is impossible to avoid reflecting on the policies being pursued today in light of the theories described, particularly in the context of difficult economic times in the past. An optimistic book, though, which shows clearly that difficult times pass,and are superseded by yet greater economic strength. Ms Nasar outlines the huge gains made across the world which have led to a global population which, in the last one hundred years, has become 6 times larger and yet 10 times more affluent, despite the wars, recessions, depressions and famines which have characterised so many of these years.A great read- highly recommended
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on 16 February 2013
This was an interesting book,and if nothing else confirmed that no one economists seem to agree on a particular set of circumstances that can shape the world financial markets. Sylvar Nasar gives us an insight into the making of some of the great economic thinkers and overs of the nineteenth and twentieth century. For a non -economist one has to work hard at getting your head round some of the theory,but nonetheless it is interesting and thought provoking. I would have liked a bit more on the present economic climate, but perhaps that was not within the scope of the book. A good and challenging read.
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Economists are people, too, as journalism professor Sylvia Nasar proves in her revealing book on the lives of the men and women who demonstrated "economic genius." Starting with the 19th century and ending in modern times, she relates how writers, journalists, social activists and academicians turned the concepts of economics into practice. She delves into their personal lives to find the human aspects that informed their theories, while also weaving in the vivid historical settings that gave their lives context. From the tragedies of illness and death to the pangs of unrequited love, and even the scandals - one famous economist kept a "sex diary" - Nasar presents engaging, sometimes quirky portraits of the people behind the pronouncements. getAbstract highly recommends Nasar's tracing of the history of modern human economic development - with its circling-back loops that mimic the booms and busts of the economies and societies her protagonists lived in - to those who love history, economics and a rousing good tale.
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on 4 January 2012
Quite a racy read with Ms Nasar very interested in the personal lives of a selected bunch of economists. Gives a decent overview of (some of the) economic times but in reality it explains little of the economics. Difficult to see who this is aimed at- too selective and lacks detail for anyone interested in learning economics or history. On the other hand it covers strange ground for the general reader.

The elephant in the room, of course, is that it fails to address the current crisis in economics. This undermines the underlying hypothesis of the book which is about progress and triumph.

Oh, and there is no proper bibliography.
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Sylvia Nasar takes what can be a dry subject to most many people (not me) and takes it out of isolation by placing it into the context of history. We see the human side of the economists and the people they rub up against. I have to confess that I know much of the story before reading the book; however the best book are those that tell you what you already know but with a different set of eyes.

I was disappointed to find many of my favorites missing from the book completely. Stuart M. Speiser author of "A Piece of the Action." Louis O. Kelso author of "The Capitalist Manifesto."

Still all in all this is not a book to be overlooked.
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Sylvia Nasar takes what can be a dry subject to most many people (not me) and takes it out of isolation by placing it into the context of history. We see the human side of the economists and the people they rub up against. I have to confess that I know much of the story before reading the book; however the best book are those that tell you what you already know but with a different set of eyes.

I was disappointed to find many of my favorites missing from the book completely. Stuart M. Speiser author of "A Piece of the Action." Louis O. Kelso author of "The Capitalist Manifesto."

Still all in all this is not a book to be overlooked.
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Sylvia's book hits the spot. Many friends and colleagues find her erudite blend of economic history, literary reference and social analysis uniquely helpful and compelling. As one put it, "I marvel at Sylvia's stamina and her sustained clarity of thought. Her book is a remarkable achievement; the way she tells it, her story is a true contribution to a better tomorrow."
The book weaves an enthralling tale that enlightened this lay-person's half-understandings and misperceptions, and threw into focus how the ecomomy got to where it is today. I recommend it unreservedly to anyone who wants a refreshing, panoramic view of economics, as a bright star for your journey.
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on 5 December 2013
Excelent summary of the economic thinking of of a handful of men that have made its marks on the development of modern economics
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on 27 March 2015
Good book!
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on 15 November 2011
This book makes a fantastic read for those interested in the history of political economy and phylosophy. I am going to have many sleepless nights until I finish it, unputdownable!
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