Moogujar It was only in the s that economics, gradually coming into its own as a field of study, came to view the economy not as static but as a dynamic process that evolved as the productivity of labor increased. Well, except how many of us can say that? This is hands down the finest book nnasar the actual study of economics that I have ever read. One can only hope… And I decide to continue reading because of the same reason. Anyone who after the 20th century still thinks that thoroughgoing socialism, nationalism, imperialism, mobilization, central planning, regulation, zoning, busquedx controls, tax policy, labor unions, business cartels, government spending, intrusive policing, adventurism in foreign policy, faith in entangling religion and politics, or most of the other 19th-century proposals for governmental action are still neat, harmless ideas for improving our lives is not paying attention. Pero siempre que no sean demasiado revoltosos.

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Nov 24, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Those Interested in Intellectual and Socio-Economic History Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: Suzanne Dobbins Shelves: non-fiction , biography , philosophy , history , political In her preface, Nasar describes Grand Pursuit as the story of an idea that was born in the Golden Age before World War I, the grand pursuit of turning economics into an instrument of mastery that could drive prosperity, rather than the dismal science that cautioned against government or even voluntary social intervention.

Milton Friedman gets little space, and the great critic of centralized planning seminal in the free-market movement, Ludwig Von Mises, has some scattered mentions. The blurbs of praise inside the cover run the gamut from the far-left Mother Jones and more moderate left The Nation to center-right publications such as the Economist and the Wall Street Journal, promising a balanced view of modern economics.

Well, except how many of us can say that? I took one course in Macroeconomics in college, and have read some books, and some excerpts of the works, of some of the thinkers listed above.

As a general reader interested in history, economics and politics, I found the book valuable and fascinating. The premise is to look at the thinkers who developed our ways of thinking about how economic thinking can be used to improve the lots of people through intentional activity -- through intentional economics policies. The immediate mode of discussion is to focus on particular thinkers and their times and from that construct a larger narrative of the story of economic This is a popularly oriented book on economic history - in particular by way of a historical look at economists and their times.

The immediate mode of discussion is to focus on particular thinkers and their times and from that construct a larger narrative of the story of economic policy.

She is a terrific writer. I also liked the movie, although it was quite different and not as good as the book. While I enjoyed the book, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would because I have already read quite a bit concerning most of these people. There was little new about Marx. The chapter on Alfred Marshall was very good. I really enjoyed the chapter on the Webb and learned much from them. The role of Keynes was well presented, but without much new material.

The material on Hayek was very good and I learned much about his development during and after the war. The material on Schumpeter was interesting concerning his pre-economist days but is not as informative about his classic works. The Samuelson chapter was also good, especially in how he came to write his famous introductory economics text. If you have not read much about 19th and 20th century economic history and economists, this is a good volume to start with.

It had less materials than I had hoped to engage readers with more background in this material. It was a quick read and I did not feel I had wasted my time.




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