The Wealth of Nations (Paperback)

By Adam Smith, Robert B. Reich (Introduction by)
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Introduction by Robert Reich
Commentary by R. H. Campbell and A. S. Skinner
Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written in clear and incisive prose, "The Wealth of Nations" articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society; and Robert Reich's Introduction both clarifies Smith's analyses and illuminates his overall relevance to the world in which we live. As Reich writes, "Smith's mind ranged over issues as fresh and topical today as they were in the late eighteenth century--jobs, wages, politics, government, trade, education, business, and ethics."
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

About the Author

Adam Smith was born in a small village in Kirkcaldy, Scotland in 1723. He entered the University of Glasgow at age fourteen, and later attended Balliol College at Oxford. After lecturing for a period, he held several teaching positions at Glasgow University. His greatest achievement was writing The Wealth of Nations (1776), a five-book series that sought to expose the true causes of prosperity, and installed him as the father of contemporary economic thought. He died in Edinburgh on July 19, 1790.

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Praise For…

"Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things."
--Robert L. Heilbroner

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679783367
ISBN-10: 0679783369
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: November 14th, 2000
Pages: 1184
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)