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Author Norman, Jesse, author.

Title Adam Smith : father of economics / Jesse Norman.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2018.


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 GDL Chevy Chase Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Smith,A NOR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 SMITH,A NOR    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    92 SMITH,A NOR    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Linda Vista Branch On Order.
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 408 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-391) and index.
Summary Adam Smith (1723-1790) is now widely regarded as the greatest economist of all time. But what he really thought, and the implications of his ideas, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and individual freedom? A prime mover of "market fundamentalism"? An apologist for human selfishness? Or something else entirely? In Adam Smith, political philosopher Jesse Norman dispels the myths and caricatures, and provides a far more complex portrait of the man. Offering a highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, Norman explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over two centuries to the present day. Finally, he shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us address the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the greatest of all economists but a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture, and society.
Contents Life -- Kirkcaldy boy, 1723-1746 -- "The most useful, happiest and most honourable period of my life", 1746-1759 -- Enlightened interlude, 1760-1773 -- "You are surely to reign alone on these subjects", 1773-1776 -- Working to the end, 1776-1790 -- Thought -- Reputation, fact and myth -- Smith's economics -- Adam Smith and markets -- Impact -- Capitalism and its discontents -- The moral basis of commercial society -- Conclusion: why it matters.
Subject Smith, Adam, 1723-1790.
Economists -- Great Britain.
Economics -- Philosophy.
Capitalism -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 9780465061976 (hardcover) $32.00
0465061974 : $32.00

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