(Books That Changed the World)
Atlantic Monthly Press
On Sale: December 4, 2006
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As one of the first titles in Atlantic Monthly Pressâ€™ â€śBooks
That Changed the Worldâ€ť series, Americaâ€™s most provocative
satirist, P. J. Oâ€™Rourke, reads Adam Smithâ€™s revolutionary
The Wealth of Nations so you donâ€™t have to.
almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the
fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was
also recognized as really long: the original edition
totaled over nine hundred pages in two volumesâ€”including the
blockbuster sixty-seven-page â€śdigression concerning the
variations in the value of silver during the course of the
last four centuries,â€ť which, â€śto those uninterested in the
historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern
Maturity in Urdu.â€ť
Although daunting, Smithâ€™s tome is still
essential to understanding such current hot-topics as
outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie.
hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith
and his groundbreaking work, P. J. puts his trademark wit to
good use, and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what
seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the
pursuit of self-interest is so important.
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