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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. O’Rourke Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date:
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In On The Wealth of Nations, America’s most provocative satirist, P. J. O’Rourke, reads Adam Smith’s revolutionary The Wealth of Nations so you don’t have to. Recognized almost instantly on 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 nine hundred pages in two volumes—including the blockbuster sixty-seven-page “digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries,” which, “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, P. J. 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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  • “The book reads like a witty Cliffs Notes, with plenty of challenges for the armchair economist to wrap his head around.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Justin Dearing | 2/15/2014

    " Its like Cliff Notes for Adam Smith, if Cliff notes made fun of the author. I reviewed this a while ago on my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert | 1/21/2014

    " The chapter reviewing the rise of Western Civ is perhaps the most concise and accessible description of World History around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dustin | 1/16/2014

    " Nice take on Adam Smith's book and how it relates today, very appropriate to our times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Courtney | 12/28/2013

    " An overview of a dense, impenetrable book on economics written in dense, impenetrable satire. "

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