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Adam Smith: and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty (Paperback)
  • Adam Smith: and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty (Paperback)
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Adam Smith: and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 10/05/2007
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The new face of the GBP20 note, Adam Smith was long ago adopted as the father of a neo-conservative economic ideology, not least by Thatcher and Reagan. More recently New Labour has tried to kidnap him as an ancestor. In a vigorous and informal book James Buchan shows that Smith fits no modern political category. As befits the most accessible of all philosophers, this biography does entirely without jargon.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781861979407
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 171 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 13 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
James Buchan's new biography of Smith is particularly welcome...his writing is clear and jargon-free * Fund Strategy *
Buchan has produced a short, elegant biography * Money Week *
James Buchan's elegant prose sparkles on the page * New Statesman *
James Buchan's new book is an admirable and refreshing account of Adam Smith, his ideas and life -- Eamonn Butler * Adam Smith Institute *
concise, elegant and sympathetic biographical sketch...Buchan achieves his stated objective of illuminating Smith's thesis while employing "no jargon, philosophical or economical"...he has done Smith a service in absolving him of paternity for so much modern claptrap * The Spectator *
a finely written and thankfully short biography of the great Scottish economic theorist...Buchan is right to try to restore the philosophical Smith to the prominence he deserves -- Matthew Lynn * Bloomberg *
a short book, but it punches well above its weight: the perfect celebration of a man who did so much to alter modern economic thinking * Daily Telegraph *
Anyone interested in Smith could not fail to leave this biography without a new appreciation of the man... a superb little book * Glasgow Herald *
a succinct, elegant book, written in an easy, conversational tone which never makes its big ideas or profound implications seem intimidating * Sunday Telegraph *
A crisp and enjoyable biography of Smith ...... a carefully drawn affectionate portrait ... the book displays a mastery of the little details * Financial Times Magazine *
A succinct and perceptive portrait of a man whose legacy is much referred to but little understood. * Guardian *

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