The Big Three in Economics
- Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes
- Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
- Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-04-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"I love Mark Skousen's book about the history of economists - it is so interesting and well written, and helps us visualize the big picture." (Jeremy J. Siegel, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
"A curious, enlightening and creative account of the world's three most influential economists, and why their theories have had such a huge impact on the economic history of the modern world." (Robert J. Shiller, Yale University)
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By David on 30-04-08
Acceptable but rather partisan coverage
This title includes short biographies of each of the three economists Smith, Marx and Keynes, together with a discussion of the main points of their work and critique of their ideas. It also goes into useful detail about their successors and their historical impact.
Serves as a reasonable introduction to the history of economics for the general reader. There is bias introduced by the author's particular perspective. For example, he devotes a surprising amount of space to a discussion of whether or not Adam Smith was a practicing Christian. The description of Karl Marx is splendidly bitchy: a man described more than once as 'demonic'. He is villified, for example, because his children died in poverty. However, much of the discussion of Marx' work is reasonably unbiased and can be useful. It is obviously a matter of great dismay to the author that John Maynard Keynes described himself as an 'immoralist' and was openly homosexual for part of his life.
A reasonably good read, less impartial than I would have liked, but presents the main economic ideas in an accessible manner.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 28-02-12
Poorly written - like student notes
Not impressed with this title at all - overly simplistic, historically inaccurate and written in small chunks - pretty much like a students' set of notes from lectures. Not for anyone interested in Economics or the economists in question. I would highly recommend Thomas Sowell's basic economics as it covers the essential points in a far more intelligent & lucid way
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Jan on 25-05-07
Cut and paste
This book is ok. Unfortunately it is pretty much a "cut and paste" book assembeled from his earlier works. Instead of this one, buy "The history of modern economics" by the same author.
28 of 28 people found this review helpful
By Elton on 10-05-07
Two for One
If you listened to Skousen's Making of Modern Economics then there really is no reason to pick up this volume. There are whole passages lifted from the prior text and this volume offeres really no new insight. This is more of an abridged version of his earlier volume. There is a lot of really good theory in this book and perhaps a little more focused that the purposely broader volume published earlier. I recommend it for someone who just wants the major thinkers instead of the progression of economic though.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful