The Wealth of Nations: Books I-III

The Wealth of Nations: Books I-III

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By (author) Adam Smith, Edited by Andrew Skinner, Introduction by Andrew Skinner, Notes by Andrew Skinner

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  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 25 March 1982
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140432086
  • ISBN 13: 9780140432084
  • Illustrations note: notes, bibliog , index
  • Sales rank: 25,293

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Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" was the first comprehensive treatment of political economy. Originally delivered in the form of lectures at Glasgow, the book's publication in 1776 co-incided with America's Declaration of Independence. These volumes include Smith's assessment of the mercantile system, his advocacy of the freedom of commerce and industry, and his famous prophecy that "America will be one of the foremost nations of the world".

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Adam Smith (1723-90) taught both logic and moral philosophy at Glasgow University. His Wealth of Nations revolutionised the economic theories of the time. Andrew Skinner teaches at the Adam Smith Institute and is an expert on the author's work.

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"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