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Adam Smith and the Pursuit of Liberty

Adam Smith and the Pursuit of Liberty

(2006)
(The Authentic Adam Smith)
A non fiction book by

 
Celebrated author James Buchan breathes new life into Adam Smith's legacy and the beginnings of modern economics.

The Scottish philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790) has been adopted by neoconservatives as the ideological father of unregulated business and small government. Politicians such as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan promoted Smith's famous 1776 book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, as the bible of laissez- faire economics. In this vigorous, crisp, and accessible book, James Buchan refutes much of what modern politicians and economists claim about Adam Smith and shows that, in fact, Smith transcends modern political categories.

Drawing on twenty-five years of research, Buchan demonstrates that The Wealth of Nations and Smith's 1759 masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, are just brilliant fragments of one of the most ambitious philosophical enterprises ever attempted: the search for a just foundation for modern commercial society both in private and in public. In an increasingly crowded and discontented world, this search is ever more urgent.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2006 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas (Enterprise)
Author(s): James Buchan
ISBN: 0-393-06121-3 / 978-0-393-06121-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton
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April 2006 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Adam Smith: and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty
Author(s): James Buchan
ISBN: 1-86197-905-3 / 978-1-86197-905-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Profile Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas (Enterprise)
Author(s): James Buchan
ISBN: 0-393-32994-1 / 978-0-393-32994-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Adam Smith: and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty
Author(s): James Buchan
ISBN: 1-86197-940-1 / 978-1-86197-940-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Profile Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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