Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Paperback – Jul 31 2012
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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.
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..."
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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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. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2013 by bernie
Fascinating for the uninitiated. I thought it would be a bit dry but I had to keep reading.
[ASIN:3540410627 Economics as Moral Science
This is a fascinating work. it not so much a history of economics as a history economists and the situations they were in... Read more
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