Authentic Adam Smith: His Life And Ideas by James BuchanAuthentic Adam Smith: His Life And Ideas by James Buchan

Authentic Adam Smith: His Life And Ideas

byJames Buchan

Paperback | July 24, 2007

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Adam Smith (1723-1790) has been adopted by neoconservatives as the ideological father of unregulated business and small government. His "invisible hand" has become a commanding shorthand for politicians promoting laissez-faire economics, but Smith never used it in reference to free-market capitalism. Smith was a deeply moral man who considered himself a philosopher, not an economist. Drawing on twenty-five years of research, James Buchan renders an Adam Smith untainted by political and economic interests. This compelling narrative uncovers Smith's passionate commitment to develop an ethical theory essential to his vision of a just commercial society.
James Buchan, a novelist and historian, is the winner of the Duff Cooper Award for Frozen Desire. His most recent work is a study of Enlightenment Edinburgh, Crowded with Genius. He lives in Norwich, England.
Title:Authentic Adam Smith: His Life And IdeasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.04 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:July 24, 2007Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393329941

ISBN - 13:9780393329940


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Every conservative economist should read this book to get a better picture of Smith and his contributions. His book was the perfect length without suffering losses of Smith's key points on morality and economy. It was beautifully written. Side note: Today we might say the collapse of the capitalist system happened in 2008 ... just as the soviet system collapsed in 1989. With that in mind it would be great if Buchan put pen to paper to write a similar book about Marx - the person most often associated, often inappropriately, with soviet economics. Wouldn't that be great! Michael (2009-04-04)
Date published: 2009-04-04