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The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

by Mark Skousen

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This book presents a bold, engaging and updated history of economics--the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built today's rigorous social science. Noted financial writer and economist Mark Skousen has revised this popular work, now in its third edition. This comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to the major economic philosophers of the past 225 years begins with Adam Smith and continues through the present day. The text examines the contributions made by each individual to our understanding of the role of the economist, the science of economics, and economic theory. Boxes in each chapter highlight little-known and entertaining facts about the economists' personal lives that had an influence on their work.… (more)
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The book is missing "A very short introduction to" from its title. There's not a lot about economic theory here, it's mostly biographical summaries of well known economists. Contains attempts at humour, repetitions, repetitions and pretentious suggestions of "music to listen to" while reading a chapter.

If you ever thought that to truly understand economics you need to know the sexual proclivities of famous economists this book delivers all the gossip you ever wanted. Honestly, why the author decided to include this is beyond me. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
3rd Edition
  efeigel | Jan 7, 2018 |
Greatest book on economics I have read in years. Great introductory book and great review of the entire field. ( )
  ague | Sep 21, 2014 |
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This book presents a bold, engaging and updated history of economics--the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built today's rigorous social science. Noted financial writer and economist Mark Skousen has revised this popular work, now in its third edition. This comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to the major economic philosophers of the past 225 years begins with Adam Smith and continues through the present day. The text examines the contributions made by each individual to our understanding of the role of the economist, the science of economics, and economic theory. Boxes in each chapter highlight little-known and entertaining facts about the economists' personal lives that had an influence on their work.

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