“A brilliant achievement.”
—John Kenneth Galbraith
“If ever a book answered a crying need, this one does. Here is all the economic lore most general readers conceivably could want to know, served up with a flourish by a man who writes with immense vigor and skill, who has a rare gift for simplifying complexities.”
—The New York Times
“Robert Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers is a living classic, both because he makes us see that the ideas of the great economists remain fresh and important for our times and because his own brilliant writing forces us to reach out into the future.”
“The Worldly Philosophers, quite simply put, is a classic....None of us can know where we are coming from unless we know the sources of the great ideas that permeate our thinking. The Worldly Philosophers gives us a clear understanding of the economic ideas that influence us whether or not we have read the great economic thinkers.”
“Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith inspired several readers to become Nobel laureates in biology. Robert Heilbroner's new edition of The Worldly Philosophers will inspire a new generation of economists.”
Robert L Heilbroner is the Norman Thomas Professor of Economics, Emeritus at the New School For Social Research, New York. He is author of more than 20 books, and has contributed to the New Yorker. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This book will just serve as an introduction to a number of economic thinkers. The reader then gets a bit of a feel for what type of economics area, he would find interesting. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2008 by Patrick Sullivan
One reader of this book has noted that this book is a "mixed bag". I think he/she is exactly right.
Obviously, this author has done something pretty remarkable, and has... Read more
I came to this book a novice in economic history. The Worldly Philosophers opened my eyes and gave in-depth detail of some of the major thinkers and key players in economics: such... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by "blackarrow017"
This is the latest version by a historian of economics, Heilbroner. In this book, taking the paradigm of Polanyi, so many classical economists are introduced as �gworldly... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Shuji Iijima
This book reminds me of Will Durant's marvelous The Story of Philosophy, with which it shares many positive qualities. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by M. Dog
This lucid and lively book tells the history of economic thought through the lives and times of great economists such as Smith, Marx, and Keynes. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003
An excellent overview but far too brief. I would have paid more for a book with twice the pages if more detail of each economist's theories had been included. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by W.R.Schillings
In this justly famous volume, first written more than fifty years ago and now in its seventh edition, Robert Heilbroner brings to life the great practitioners of the dismal... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2003 by Jeffery Steele
This is one of those delights that come very rarely in economics. The author wrote for the New Yorker and anyone familiar with the old rambling New Yorker articles that took days... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by economist