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On Classical Economics (2006)

by Thomas Sowell

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Sowell magnificently manages to embed his many quotations into his own text so that the Classical economist's thoughts and his own make a very readable continuity. I found myself stopping to read sentences over again not because of a lack of comprehension of the words used, but because a startling conciseness and a novelty of thought made that enjoyable; and then often laying down the book to enjoy going through possible wider consequences of the ideas presented. Sowell is well read outside of economics, and puts the ideas presented in a historical context that often gives them quite another meaning that what one is used to, or would put into them on ones own. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300113161, Hardcover)

Thomas Sowell's many writings on the history of economic thought have appeared in a number of scholarly journals and books, and these writings have been praised, reprinted, and translated in various countries around the world.

The classical era in the history of economics is an important part of the history of ideas in general, and its implications reach beyond the bounds of the economics profession.  On Classical Economics is a book from which students can learn both history and economics. It is not simply a Cook's tour of colorful personalities of the past but a study of how certain economic concepts and tools of analysis arose, and how their implications were revealed during the controversies that followed. In addition to a general understanding of classical macroeconomics and microeconomics, this book offers special insight into the neglected pioneering work of Sismondi—and why it was neglected—and a detailed look at John Stuart Mill's enigmatic role in the development of economics and the mysteries of Marxian economics.

Clear, engaging, and very readable, without being either cute or condescending, On Classical Economics can enable a course on the history of economic thought to make a contribution to students’ understanding of economics in general--whether in price theory, monetary theory, or international trade.  In short, it is a book about analysis as well as history.

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"On Classical Economics is a book from which students can learn both history and economics. It is not simply a Cook's tour of colorful personalities of the past but a study of how certain economic concepts and tools of analysis arose, and how their implications were revealed during the controversies that followed. In addition to a general understanding of classical macroeconomics and microeconomics, this book offers special insight into the neglected pioneering work of Sismondi - and why it was neglected - and a detailed look at John Stuart Mill's enigmatic role in the development of economics and the mysteries of Marxian economics."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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Yale University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300113161, 0300126069

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