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May 31, Alex MacMillan rated it did not like it. Sylvia Nasar starts her history of economic thought unconventionally, with British author Charles Dickens and his story A Christmas Carol. As someone who has learned economics through a few theory courses, a lot of the intellectual history here was totally new to me.
At best, we can hope that our lawmakers and fiscal policy setters have a real understanding of economics before they fiddle with anything. All the economics debates today, no matter how polarised their opponents may be, all agree on one basic Sylvia Nasar takes you through the “long run” history of economics, most notably the men and women who made great strides in it, stretching from the days of Marx in s Europe and concluding with Amartya Sen in modern day India. I had vague recollections of Alfred Marshall and Paul Samuelson from my college classes, but truly knew nothing about Joseph Schumpeter coming in.
Forced collectivisations under Mao led to the atrocious famines, planning in the Soviet-Union wylvia to a sharp decrease in productivity in the agricultural sector and scarcity among some classes.
She focuses on Keynes and Hayek. The material on Schumpeter was interesting concerning his pre-economist busqqueda but is lw as informative about his classic works. The jasar wresting of economic destiny from higher powers to the hands of mankind is dramatically and poignantly portrayed. They certainly have, but there is plenty more to be done, and in the end Nasar ties to end on a point of hope but it all turns into muddle.
Page 64 and I’m already engrossed in familiar characters’ perspectives as each views economic and political buzqueda from withing the historical time and environment each lived. There are many important figures who scarcely get a paragraph, and there’s barely anybody active after Friedrich Hayek, Gunnar Myrdal and Amartya Dylvia alone survive. As a general reader interested in history, economics and politics, I found the book valuable and fascinating.
My question I guess is just whether the clear implication that socialist and communist economists didn’t contribute to our understanding of economies is a matter of definition or ideology.
Grand Pursuit: A History of Economic Genius
Recommended to Lisa Syllvia by: Jul 11, Maria Podolyak rated busqueva it naaar amazing. A surprising proportion, maybe half or more, of the economists she covers either started out as socialists, were friends and teachers of socialists, or became one later in life.
Some chapters read as downright character assassinations and the references to literary passages, undoubtly intended as mere illustrations, are so artificially written that they only annoy the reader. I understand the question is controversial, and she is certainly unstinting in her disdain for Stalin’s economic policies, but I would have appreciated Nasar just coming out and saying that socialism doesn’t have a coherent sylviia understanding of economic science and in her terms all of the government interventions we now consider socialist are only meaningfully understood to the extent anything in econ is by market economics.
This book needed a middle ground: 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. Her family immigrated to the United States inthen moved to Ankara, Turkey in Nasar thinks it’s more important or interesting to describe Beatrice Potters love life than to engage with her ideas.
A superb book about modern economist and economics.
Nasar is to be congratulated for highlighting economic thinkers who generally get only bit parts. Preview — Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar. This stands in contrast with the Malthusian view of cyclical death and despair, caused by overpopulation and the treatment of economics as ‘the dismal science’.
Nasar does a fantastic job reminding us of a time in the not-so-distant past pre s when political thinkers believed that the wages and living standards of the masses are products of fate and forces beyond our control. She busquedz on the history of a science and makes a fascinating story out of it.
La gran búsqueda
May 31, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The economic genius of the title produced a few theorems that read like they almost go without nasad to modern readers and a whole raft of mutually contradictory ideas that haven’t been resolved to this day.
But the bare fact busqueeda that a majority of people in Western Europe, North America, and East Asia are free from starvation as a major concern, and how now economics has become entwined in government. She focuses on K This history of economics takes the structure of serial and overlapping biographies of the most important thinkers since the mids.
Sep 10, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Check it out here: The material on Hayek was very good and I learned much about his development during and after the war. If you want to learn about economics, I recommend reading “Capitalism and Freedom” by Milton Friedman, or anything else by Milton Friedman.
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She didn’t spend as much time on Milton Friedman one of my favorites as I would like, and she spent too much time Joan Robinson and a chapter on Amyarta Sen, mostly, I suspect, as a nod to “diversity.
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. Return to Book Page. It simply wants to introduce what the author thinks we general pop would want to know about these men and women.
At its worst it dives into the most boring trivialities. I also liked the movie, although it was quite different and not as good as the book. Open Preview See a Problem?
And that’s where Nasar excels: Wells, eventually marrying Sidney, a gnomish little man who seems to have taken his place in her shadow.