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I've listened to other O'Rourke, some he read, and some (like this) read by others. His humor and points come through with this reader, but his work deserves his voice
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“On the Wealth of Nations”
As a result of the hype about deregulating everything in the U.S., especially since Reagan, I was interested to learn the origins of this aspect of economics. To read “The Wealth of Nations” is more than I could do. When this review came out, I was tempted to read it, but since becoming diabetic, reading is difficult for me. Getting the book on Audible was great. The presentation is entertaining and packed with interesting, thought provoking interpretations of Adam Smith’s concepts. I had trouble putting it down. After completing the book, I decided after a couple of weeks, a second listen would be a real good idea.
Perhaps this book should be required listening for anyone planning to vote in the U.S. this year. I found it very educational. Adam Smith’s concepts have been grossly simplified and exaggerated to suite the contemporary bias that politician need to get our votes. Mr. Smith’s thinking was far more complex and confused than I would have expected based on modern day accounts.
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Apart from the BA adverts, this was my first proper exposure to P J O'Rourke. O'Rourke's analysis of Smith spends a lot of time showing why he would be a natural modern day low-tax, small-government, supremacy-of-the-individual type US Republican.
But if you can get over O?Rourke?s in-built bias, this is a great listen. The late 1700?s must have been an incredible time to live in Scotland ? if you were part of the Enlightenment scene. I particularly enjoyed O?Rourke?s depiction of the relationship between David Hume and Smith.
But, good grief, the narrator?s pronunciation of Scottish names and place names; Edinboro arrgh! At least he got ?Smith? right.
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Adam Smith was a man who's ideas shaped the economic in he same way that Darwin shaped the biological his ideas where that powerful and far reaching.
Reworking his work into a modern version to re-represent them to a world already shaped by those ideas is a great idea. Giving this work to P.J. Rourke was lazy thnking pandering to the worst of political and social understanding.
I may come across as vitriolic here but as an economics graduate I'd hate anyones first introduction to Smith to be via O'Rourkes right wing, american centric world view which has tainted his previous books and so warps his world view to make his conclusions in those books oversimplistic and meaningless.
This reading of the book isn't even very helpful addng insult to O'Rourkes injury this is read by an American who so mangles the language of Smiths original that O'Rourke left alone that he renderes them almost incomprehensable
I would have had no issue if they'd taken on an American right wing thinker with such an attitude but to ose this American centric view over Smith shows no respect and is up there with the travesties of interpretation in Disney movies
2 stars for the bits of Smith that survive this mauling none for any else involved in this
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