The Making of Modern Economics

  • by Mark Skousen
  • Narrated by Patrick Cullen
  • 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer. Unlike other histories of economics, Mark Skousen's book provides a running plot with a singular heroic figure, Adam Smith, at the center of the discipline. Skousen unites the great thinkers by ranking them for or against Adam Smith and his "system of natural liberty". He shows how Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, John Maynard Keynes, and even laissez-faire disciples Robert Malthus and David Ricardo detracted from Adam Smith's classical model of democratic capitalism during periods of economic failure and upheaval, while Alfred Marshall, Irving Fisher, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman, among others, remodeled and improved upon Smithian economics as the world economy recovered and prospered.
Highlights include exciting new revelations about the lives of the great economists, provocative sidelights, humorous anecdotes, and even musical selections reflecting the spirit of each major economist.

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Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics

Mark Skousen does an excellent job of bringing the history of economics to life. He weaves the lives of these great thinkers together in such an entertaining way that you don't even realize that you are listening to economics. He helps you to understand the theorists by sharing with you their personal histories. This was a great listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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- David

very biased history of US economics

Neocon economic principles in a deceptive format. More brainwashing by the extreme right. Read to see for self or avoid to save valuable time.
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- Holly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.