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On The Wealth of Nations
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On The Wealth of Nations

Books That Changed the World: Book #1

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Recognized almost instantly upon its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes—including the blockbuster 67-page "digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries," which, according to P. J. O'Rourke, "to those uninterested in the historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern Maturity in Urdu." Although daunting, Smith's tome is still essential to understanding such current hot topics as outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie. In this hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith and his groundbreaking work, O'Rourke puts his trademark wit to good use and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the pursuit of self-interest is so important.


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Books That Changed the World Series


On The Wealth of Nations
On The Wealth of Nations
P. J. O'Rourke
The Qur'an
The Qur'an
Bruce Lawrence
Darwin's Origin of Species
Darwin's Origin of Species
Janet Browne
Plato's Republic
Plato's Republic
Simon Blackburn
Clausewitz's On War
Clausewitz's On War
Hew Strachan
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Christopher Hitchens
The Bible
The Bible
Karen Armstrong
Marx's Das Kapital
Marx's Das Kapital
Francis Wheen
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
Alberto Manguel

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