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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Smith Narrator: Craig Deitschmann Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giants of Political Thought Series Release Date:
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is one of the most important and influential works ever published on economic theory and is the foundation of classical economics. In it, Adam Smith stresses the importance of the division of labor to economic progress. He criticizes the arguments for economic planning and offers a detailed theoretical and historical case for free trade.

In this masterpiece of the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment, Smith develops a theory of social order arising from the unintended consequences of self-interested behavior. This self-regulating system of the free market, Smith contends, protects consumers from entrenched special interests and is usually harmed by government intervention.

Far more than just a work on economic theory, The Wealth of Nations also contains Smiths views on philosophy, history, and political theory.

This program discusses Adam Smith’s general approach to philosophy and how The Wealth of Nations fits into that approach. It also explains Smith’s major arguments and themes. Smith’s sometimes difficult discourse is presented with the background information necessary for its comprehension.

The Giants of Political Thought series is an easy and entertaining way to broaden your mind and your awareness of great ideas.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron Rinehart | 2/18/2014

    " Another one of the most difficult reading experiences I have tackled. Adam Smith provides us with a great introduction into the history of modern economics and the political economy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/7/2014

    " This book is easier to read than to listen to, but I appreciated the opportunity to reinforce some of Smith's major points by listening to this edition during my commute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allie | 2/1/2014

    " Classic beginner text for all would-be economists. Very simple to understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nate Markham | 1/26/2014

    " I think Adam Smith is lucky to have been "the first" to write a book on economics such as this. I remember thinking how simple and obvious the work is. Easy to say from inside a culture based around this book i guess. Really not all that great, absurdly heralded as a great work in economics for seemingly political reasons. Near the top of my burn pile. "

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