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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (July 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684872994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684872995
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Reading a non-fiction book in a field in which you are not an expert yourself, requires the author to establish credibility as an expert early on. Sylvia Nasar loses that in her first prologue by butchering an analysis of A Christmas Carol. It is immediately clear that she a) has never read the story, just used a search engine to capture useful quotes, b) has a tin ear for irony - witness her complete mis-representation of Dickens' description of the Cratchit Christmas dinner, and/or c) deliberately distorted the story to suit the thesis of her book. The last is the most damning for it raised doubt in my mind about what she would do with other sources about which I was less familiar than I was with Dickens' arguably most well-known work.

That lack of credibility is Nasar's great flaw - she comes across as a glib journalist with a story to tell, not as an accomplished economic historian with a thesis to argue. The story is certainly interesting - and in Heilbroner's hands was absolutely enlightening - but the nagging feeling that she was playing fast-and-loose with her sources finally stopped me from finishing it.

If you want a good presentation of the history of modern economic ideas, read The Worldly Philosophers. If you want to read about Keynes, read Skidelsky's biography - a long, but fulfilling commitment, or read Keynes' Economic Consequences of the Peace - a tour-de-force of economic analysis and political journalism. Read almost anything in the field, but skip Grand Pursuit.
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This book, written in fluid and elegant prose, is a hybrid of biographies, a recount of economic theories and a narration of historical events of the last 200 years. The reader could surely feel that other economists should have been included, or even that some of those in the book not quite merit being there. Also, the reader might agree or not with some of the statements and interpretations regarding the economist's theories. It is clear that the author has very legitimate preferences and does not shy away from making them known, and this is something I applaud.
All in all, it is an excellent read, an opportunity to know more about leading economists, the world that shaped their ideas and the world these helped shape.
As for the causal relationship between economic thought and reality, I will borrow a sentence from a main newspaper review: "Economists no more set the world to producing and consuming than baseball statisticians hit home runs..."
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Format: Hardcover
A book on a large scale it takes us from the time of Dickens through to present day. I am fearfully ignorant of economics having found it hard to find a logical thread in which books to read and which theories to follow. Nasar builds the story being true to context and the lives that shaped these brilliant men and women, while maintaining a middle ground of opinion. ( I am sure radical liberals and socialists alike will disagree with me) She is able to clearly position the growth of modern economics as these scholars built upon each others work (sometimes) while dealing with vast changes and upsets. I was most intrigued with how the Soviets were able to seduce many of these academics during and after WW II. Worth anyone's time to read this well written and clear book.
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Sylvia Nasar takes what can be a dry subject to most many people (not me) and takes it out of isolation by placing it into the context of history. We see the human side of the economists and the people they rub up against. I have to confess that I know much of the story before reading the book; however the best book are those that tell you what you already know but with a different set of eyes.

I was disappointed to find many of my favorites missing from the book completely. Stuart M. Speiser author of "A Piece of the Action." Louis O. Kelso author of "The Capitalist Manifesto."

Still all in all this is not a book to be overlooked.
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