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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Smith Narrator: Michael Edwards Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781455169481
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First published in 1776, this work is the classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire and is widely considered on of the hundred greatest books of all time. Several fundamental principles or “axioms” were introduced in this work, including the division of labor, supply and demand, and free market capitalism as some of the most obvious. Smith’s political economy is primarily individualistic: self-interest is the incentive for economic action. However, he shows that universal pursuit of self-interest contributes to the public interest, a concept probably best encapsulated by John F. Kennedy when he remarked, “a rising tide raises all boats.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simply the best book on political economy ever written. It is a genuine ‘breakthrough’ book whose magisterial scope and synthesis have not been surpassed.”

    Dr. Razeen Sally, senior lecturer, London School of Economics, and codirector of the European Center for Political Economy

  • “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, author of The Worldly Philosophers

  • The Wealth of Nations is no defender of ‘greed is good’ economics; the author’s humanity and benevolence tint every page.”

    Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute

  • “Edwards enunciates with unusual clarity, which helps with a book published in 1776.”

    Talking Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/11/2013

    " I read this book after undergrad. A pioneer of economics and this book started my passion for the study. Yeah, I'm a nerd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddy | 4/24/2013

    " Good but complicated, especially compare with the Barbie Fairytopia... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/24/2013

    " Probably one of the most mischaractized books in history. Maybe even more than the bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddy | 1/4/2013

    " Good but complicated, especially compare with the Barbie Fairytopia... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar Prawiranegara | 10/18/2012

    " This is an Economics Bible. Worth to read. The legendary books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/9/2012

    " Probably one of the most mischaractized books in history. Maybe even more than the bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar Prawiranegara | 3/2/2012

    " This is an Economics Bible. Worth to read. The legendary books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/2/2011

    " I read this book after undergrad. A pioneer of economics and this book started my passion for the study. Yeah, I'm a nerd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/21/2011

    " I think this book is worthy of five stars in the objective sense. But this site questions personal opinion and while I found certain chapters interesting, the majority was very difficult to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 4/14/2011

    " Exceptional read for any Political Science/Theory historian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/1/2011

    " Made it thru book 1 only. But it was interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/25/2011

    " I thought the book was quite interesting back when I read it in high school. Some of the specific examples seemed quite irrelevant for how dated they were but the principles were fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/17/2011

    " A massively relevant book to anyone wondering why things are going the way they are economically...and to think it was written by an Englishman in the 1800's... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 1/10/2011

    " Tedious. Most of his ideas get rehashed by John Stuart Mill and others, later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelina | 12/29/2010

    " A hard read. But a must for anyone interested in economics, free market capitalism or (like me) thinks that capitalism is the root of all evil! "

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About the Author
Author Adam Smith

Adam Smith is an entrepreneur, life coach, consultant, and motivational speaker. His popular blog, asmithblog.com, offers insights on leadership, bravery, and life purpose, among other topics. Named one of the most influential people of 2014 by American Genius, Smith has written for Entrepreneur and Success magazine, among others, and has been featured in Newsday and other media. He hosts a weekly podcast called Live Life with Purpose. He lives in Illinois with his family.

About the Narrator

Michael Edwards is a playwright and director from Baltimore.