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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

by Adam Smith

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The 18th century isn't known for the brevity of its book titles, as is the case with Adam Smith's massively influential Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Before the terms capitalism or even economics were coined, Smith, a moral philosopher from Scotland, laid out the essential laws governing the markets of the world.

Smith suggested the free market is guided by a so-called "invisible hand," which produces the right amount of goods and services a society needs through self-interested competition. Later Smith's ideas would be massaged to fit various ideologies, but on the whole he was anti-monopoly and wary of businessmen as a rule. Despite all the complexities of modern economic theory that it influenced, Wealth of Nations is still a straightforward, enlightening and enjoyable read.

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Salvador Ruiz

February 27, 2014

Im only 10and i love this book

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Chase Cabot

February 18, 2013

Dry at times. But definitely worth reading.

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Anthony DiGiovanni

September 02, 2012

Re-reading a classic

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Scott Bingham

September 24, 2011

Great great book! In my opinion a must read for any voter in any political system, especially a republic. If you are wondering whether you are for or against capitalism, this book will explain the system clearly