Adam Smith by Jesse Norman audiobook

Adam Smith: Father of Economics

By Jesse Norman
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A dazzling account of the life and thought of Adam Smith, the greatest economist of all time 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.

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A dazzling account of the life and thought of Adam Smith, the greatest economist of all time

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this splendid book, Jesse Norman not only presents an excellent introduction to the life and ideas of Adam Smith, but also explains why—and how—Smith’s insights can help us solve some of the most difficult social and economic problems of the contemporary world. Smith loved lucidity and relevance, and I think he would have been very happy with Norman’s book.” Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Adam Smith is one of the world’s greatest and least understood thinkers, and we may need him now, more than ever. Norman’s beautifully written book offers an energetic and clear-headed overview, with a host of fresh and valuable insights. Highly recommended!” Cass Sunstein, New York Times bestselling author
“Jesse Norman provides two outstanding biographies for the price of one: a beautiful and original account of Adam Smith’s life, well grounded in the epochal events of the eighteenth century enlightenment and a penetrating and fresh account of the subsequent life of Smith’s main idea, the central role of exchange in shaping human society.” Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything

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Author Bio: Jesse Norman

Author Bio: Jesse Norman

Jesse Norman is widely regarded as one of the rising stars of the British House of Commons. As a member of parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire, he was given the prestigious Parliamentarian of the Year award in 2012. Educated at Oxford University (BA) and University College London (MPhil, PhD), he has taught philosophy at University College London and is the author of several books and political works, including Compassionate Conservatism. He lives in Hereford and London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 13.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English