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

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.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #585897 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2016-01-17
  • Released on: 2016-01-18
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.09" h x 1.15" w x 6.89" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 510 pages

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Skousen, author, editor, and academic, tells the story of the development of economic thought, describing his approach as " . . . a candid, irreverent, passionate, sometimes humorous and often highly opinionated account of the lives and theories of famous economists from Adam Smith and Karl Marx to John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman." The author's unique view compares the development of economic thought to the construction of a building, designating Adam Smith's 1776 Wealth of Nations as the foundation. He contends that Smith's philosophy of natural liberty and the invisible hand was a sound foundation that created a new era of wealth and economic growth spanning two centuries. With the inclusion of photographs, diagrams, commentaries, and even appropriate music selections, each chapter is devoted to a major economist and his theories, showing how he added to or detracted from Smith's positions. Skousen ends on an optimistic note even as fighting continues over which economic policies to pursue in times of crisis, uncertainty, and globalization. Mary Whaley
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''A reference bible....What an absolutely ideal gift for college students.'' --National Review

''Examines the contributions made by each thinker to the role of economist, the science of economics, and economic theory overall.'' --Booknews

Examines the contributions made by each thinker to the role of economist, the science of economics, and economic theory overall. --Booknews

About the Author

Mark Skousen is an investment expert, economist, university professor, and author of more than 20 books. He earned his Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University in 1977. He has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Grantham University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and as a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.


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4Review about the pages... not about the Content....
By Amazon Customer
this book has all the information.... but I bought the kindle reader and the pages are a little off compared to the actual book. If i were reading this book for fun, it wouldn't matter much. However, I bought this for a class, and my teacher really wants the exact page number, so get the physical book if you want the exact real pages.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Perfect for Econ and history lovers
By Trent Goldsmith
And amazingly enjoyable read. It is informative, fun, and overall quite accessible. I love Econ. I love history. I love personalities. This book is perfect for me. It's from a somewhat free market view, but I believe free market is the truth anyway. Highly recommended.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book
By Susan Simor Manziano
Great book, written with passion and intelligence and a healthy respect with economics as a distinct academic profession, worthy of an historical perspective.

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