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Adam Smith

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Adam Smith was born in a small village in Kirkcaldy, Scotland in 1723. He entered the University of Glasgow at age fourteen, and later attended Balliol College at Oxford. After lecturing for a period, he held several teaching positions at Glasgow University. His greatest achievement was writing The Wealth of Nations (1776), a five-book series that sought to expose the true causes of prosperity, and installed him as the father of contemporary economic thought. He died in Edinburgh on July 19, 1790.

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Money Game

Written by Adam Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1976
Price: $14.95

“The best book about the stock market and all that goes with it.” —New York Times Book Review

“Adam Smith is a veteran observer and commentator on the events and people of Wall Street. . . . His thorough knowledge of financial affairs gives his observations a great degree of authenticity. But... Read more >

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The Wealth of Nations

Written by Adam Smith
Edited by Edwin Cannan


Format: Hardcover, 1200 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 25, 1994
Price: $26.95

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The Wealth of Nations

Written by Adam Smith


Format: Hardcover, 1184 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $25.00

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The Wealth of Nations

Written by Adam Smith
Introduction by Alan B. Krueger


Format: Paperback, 1264 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $7.99

It is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations, was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence.

In his book, Smith fervently extolled the simple yet enlightened notion that individuals are fully capable of setting and regulating prices for their own... Read more >
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The Wealth of Nations
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Adam Smith


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $11.99

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The Wealth of Nations

Written by Adam Smith
Introduction by Robert B. Reich


Format: Trade Paperback, 1184 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $16.00

Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written in clear and incisive prose, The Wealth of Nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society... Read more >
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