Here is a bold, new account of the lives and ideas of the great economists - Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and many others - all written by a top free-market economist and presented in an entertaining and persuasive style. Professor Mark Skousen tells a powerful story of economics with dozens of anecdotes of the great economic thinkers.More
"Both fascinating and infuriating...enaging, readable, colorful...credulous, disingenuous, and tendentious." (Foreign Affairs)
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Don't Let the Author's Bias Scare You Away!
Market fundamentalist bias throughout
A non-biased presentation that doesn't try to demonize Keynes and glorify Friedman and the Austrian/Chicago school.
Something by Keynes to wash the Market Fundamentalist crap out of my brain. Actually I have since listened to Paul Krugman's book "End This Depression Now" and I feel greatly cleansed.
Not be biased.
It put the great economists into a clear chronology for me and gave me a more personal understanding of their lives and thoughts.
If Skousen hadn't tried to make the case toward the end of the book, that an unfettered and unregulated free market will somehow produce a stable economy, and that there is such a thing as efficient markets and that there is no such a thing as involuntary unemployment, the book might have gotten a much higher vote from me. Keynes wasn't necessarily right about everything, but he was right about some very important things, and there are some much needed and much ignored Keynesian solutions to our present economic circumstance.
- Michael Simpson