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The book traces the development of economic thought from ancient to the modern times, including Nobel laureates.


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The book traces the development of economic thought from ancient to the modern times, including Nobel laureates.

30 review for History of Economic Thought

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clif

    When I buy a book, I expect it to have been professionally produced with proofreading and editing to make the text as clear as possible. History of Economic Thought was not proofread by anyone proficient in English spelling or grammar. On almost every page you will find the wrong word being used, a misspelling, some critical word being left out, or perhaps a question mark occurring where a period should be. Then there is needless repetition. The reader must do the work that should have been done When I buy a book, I expect it to have been professionally produced with proofreading and editing to make the text as clear as possible. History of Economic Thought was not proofread by anyone proficient in English spelling or grammar. On almost every page you will find the wrong word being used, a misspelling, some critical word being left out, or perhaps a question mark occurring where a period should be. Then there is needless repetition. The reader must do the work that should have been done before this work was put up for sale. This means your reading will be halting as you stop repeatedly to try to figure out what the author meant rather than what the words say. I read this on a Kindle, perhaps the hard copy is better. If not, this book should be a source of shame for everyone involved. The concept of the book is a good one, listing chronologically the contributors to thought on economics with an outline of the theory of each and then a summation of ideas by category such as the ways in which profit, or wages, or capital have been viewed over time. But when, for example, the word "not" is left out of a sentence when it is clearly meant to be there because as printed the sentence is an obvious contradiction to what has been read just before, you begin to wonder if you can trust any of the content. As with so much thought in the early stages in any area, the pioneers in economics were speculating, coming up with what now is seen as nonsense. Helpfully, the author tries to explain why a definition might have been thought appropriate at the time. The book makes it a point to list criticisms of the ideas presented. It is odd to see a person introduced as a great contributor to the advance of economics then go over his work only to wonder if anything at all was advanced by unproven assertions characterized primarily by the boldness with which they were put forward at the time. After the early conceptual stabs, along came those who were certain economics could be fully explained mathematically and away we go with graphs suggesting great accuracy, something that the most recent writers on economics are showing is unwarranted. The megabanks before the great housing bust made incredibly complex mathematical models to drive investing that wowed clients but that predicted near zero probability for events that then occurred and in hindsight look inevitable. I strongly advise skipping this book. The idea behind it is good, but the result in English print is a disaster. If this were a hard cover book, I would not give it to the local library to be passed on to another reader as I normally do.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyla

    It's too short of an overview of major political thinkers. It's a reference work at best, but I'm not sure when you would ever actually use it as a reference work. Wikipedia is better. Note: I did not completely finish it. It wasn't worth my time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denis Dinand

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    Ragini Maurya

  5. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Mehdi

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mohit Kumaarr

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blessing Andy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nihal Siddiqui

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angana

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ankur RAI

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    Adex Nuel

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donald Eugene Mason

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    Sandor Hites

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anozie Rita

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joe Hurricane

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gaurav Srivastava

  17. 4 out of 5

    Khachatur Khachatryan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zonunthara Saivate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lakshmi

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    Ammar

  21. 4 out of 5

    Batulu Ado

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    Amit

  23. 5 out of 5

    Auwal Sani

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

  25. 4 out of 5

    Enagu Ojiji

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ejenake

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rashad

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ajirotutu Lateef

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Meyers

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Meisel

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