The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
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The simplicity and common sense of Smith’s delineation of government’s role has largely stood the test of time.
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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 new Introduction for this edition 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."

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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.From the Hardcover edition.
Published November 1, 2000 by Modern Library. 1184 pages
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Reviewed by Rosetta Codling on Apr 25 2011

The Wealth of Nations (1776) is a work that clearly outlined the capitalist system. The economic laymen will discover the objective of government and industry to be synonymous.

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Reviewed by Tom Butler-Bowdon on Apr 20 2008

The simplicity and common sense of Smith’s delineation of government’s role has largely stood the test of time.

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