The Wealth of Nations, Books 1-3

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1982 - Business & Economics - 537 pages
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Adam Smith paved the way for modern capitalism, arguing that a truly free market - fired by competition yet guided as if by an 'invisible hand' to ensure justice and equality - was the engine of a fair and productive society. Books I-III of the Wealth of Nations examine the 'division of labour' as the key to economic growth, by ensuring the interdependence of individuals within society. They also cover the origins of money, the importance of wages, profit, rent and stocks. Smith's work laid the foundations of economic theory in general and 'classical' economics in particular, but the real sophistication of his analysis derives from the fact that it also encompasses a combination of ethics, philosophy and history to create a vast panorama of society. This edition contains an analytical introduction offering an in-depth discussion of Smith as an economist and social scientist, as well as a preface, further reading and explanatory notes.
 

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User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

I only read 1 chapter as required by my Great Works Project, so I can't really judge either the value or my enjoyment of this one. Sorry folks. I will say that it is a tough go and most of what I read was, frankly, over my head. Read full review

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User Review  - Christian Doran - Goodreads

A fascinating collection of economic thought. As you get into the book it seems as if the information is one mans collection of pragmatic financial principles, then you realize it was written in 1776 ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
3
Adam Smith
4
Abbreviations and References
7
Analytical Introduction
8
Notes to the Introduction
86
THE WEALTH OF NATIONS BOOKS IIII
99
Further Reading
521
Index
523
Copyright

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About the author (1982)

Adam Smith (1723-90) taught both logic and moral philosophy at Glasgow University. His Wealth of Nations revolutionised the economic theories of the time. Andrew Skinner teaches at the Adam Smith Institute and is an expert on the author's work.