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on 27 April 2017
Still relevant after two and a half centuries. What more is there to say? I returned to it fifty years after reading it as an undergraduate and found much of it as convincing as I did then, not least because it is far deeper and more wide ranging than the fundamentalist neo-con text that is often claimed by today's Left and Right
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on 6 October 2017
This is a fascinating book on economics. Much is out of date but it does have much to inform. My favourite part is his warning about groups formed to exploit the rest of the community like The Adam Smith Institute!
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on 8 May 2011
One of the most influential and greatest books ever written - but what a drag! I could not recommend this for a general read to anyone. The information in this book is second to none and you can do like I did and skip the many pages of commodity prices over the centuries! The social and economic information is fascinating, and there are many little treasures to be read, for example, how unpopular bankers were even in the 18th Century by paying customers out large sums of money in pennies to prevent a run on the bank! For those who have a professional interest in social, economic and political life this of course is a "must" read, however, for the lay person I would not recommend you bother with this but instead pick up a general book on the subject that maybe outlines Adam Smith and his writings in todays language. This is extremely heavy going ... and very very very verbose!
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on 31 December 2017
The original. Unedited. Great for discovering Smith in his own words.
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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 1 March 2014
Language is much more 'Jane Austen' than I was expecting. Many points are re-stated from different perspectives with different evidence but can be skipped over (most of the 2nd 50% of the book can be flipped through)

Crucially: Smith cuts straight to the core and clarifies the issues that have confused decision makers prior to his writings. The amazing thing is that the general public, the media and politicians are still confused by it! They should all read Wealth of Nations.
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on 13 February 2009
The book is extremely readable although published way back in 1776 (the same year as the American War of Independence). The language is clear and easy to understand, making you feel as if you are reading a contemporary author rather than someone who lived around 250 years ago.
The notes provided by Kathryn Sutherland make reading the book even more fascinating and instructive. Concepts that are strange to us (the feudal system, for example) are explained clearly and concisely.
Smith paints a very clear picture of the times he lived in and we get wonderful descriptions of the thrusting American colonies; the little-industrialised France; and under-developed China.
Smith is generally against anything that hinders trade and recommends that markets be as free as possible, but to associate him with more modern monetarist theories is quite unfair.
The Wealth of Nations takes a long time to read, but if you want to understand our current crisis properly, it is essential reading.
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on 5 April 2016
Beautiful style, but just too old for a general reader. His insights are now, of course, commonplace; not his fault, they were completely original at the time. But I can say I've read it !
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on 5 October 2013
Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations should definitely find its way to the book shelves of everyone who is interested in economics and politics. Although there are more suitable textbooks to read these days, it is nevertheless very important to understand the way of thought that has shaped not only national but also global economies.
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on 7 July 2015
Very useful if you are interested in - or studying economics - a classic - and when read completely reveals a different overview than you might expect for the overused quotes and Smith snippets you come across
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