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On The Wealth of Nations (Books That Changed the World) (original: 2007; edição: 2006)

de P. J. O'Rourke

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Recognized almost instantly upon its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes--including the blockbuster 67-page "digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries," which, according to P. J. O'Rourke, "to those uninterested in the historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern Maturity in Urdu." Although daunting, Smith's tome is still essential to understanding such current hot topics as outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie. In this hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith and his groundbreaking work, O'Rourke puts his trademark wit to good use and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the pursuit of self-interest is so important.… (mais)
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Título:On The Wealth of Nations (Books That Changed the World)
Autores:P. J. O'Rourke
Informação:Atlantic Monthly Press (2006), Hardcover
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Another one I'm abandoning due to lack of time. Alas, PJ, I'll have to get my fill of you from Wait, Wait....
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
After moving from Houston to Tyler, I finally got a new public library card. While I was browsing around, I came across this book in a small display the library had on books about current affairs. I have read O'Rourke's books in the past; I enjoyed his Parliament of Whores very much, so I figured this might be a good bet. If nothing else, it would be a nice way to get exposure to Adam Smith's big book with some sense of humor thrown in. We'll see how it goes.
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Well, now that I finished reading it, I was not too impressed. On the one hand, it does give a decent overview of Smith's work. On the other hand, the book is mostly a way for O'Rourke to expose his conservative and capitalist views. Smith was by no means perfect, so to speak, so in a way, O'Rourke is doing a bit of a PR job. There is some humor throughout the book, but if you want to get an example of O'Rourke's humor, this book is really not it. Having said that, if you have not read Smith's work, and you likely won't, this is a pretty easy way to get an idea of the book's content and significance. The last chapter has a nice biographical note of Smith that puts the book in context. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Smith, Adam (Subject)
  LOM-Lausanne | Apr 29, 2020 |
Bit of a hard stretch if you want to get into it fully but a brief overview of the main bits - OK - I liked the humour, especially in light of "New" USA. ( )
  Brumby18 | Apr 27, 2017 |
PJ on the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Parts of the book are so funny that you can't help but laugh out loud but a lot of it seems repetitive and recycled In short, he is not overly critical of the world's first bestselling economist and tries to interpret his tome in his own funny and quirky way.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
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A bank is an institution that doesn't deal in money. If we accept Smith's definition of value as "toil and trouble," banks deal in toil and trouble. Banking is a clever device for storing your toil and trouble. And instead of being charged storage fees, you're compensated for engaging in excess toil and going for extra trouble.
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Recognized almost instantly upon its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes--including the blockbuster 67-page "digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries," which, according to P. J. O'Rourke, "to those uninterested in the historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern Maturity in Urdu." Although daunting, Smith's tome is still essential to understanding such current hot topics as outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie. In this hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith and his groundbreaking work, O'Rourke puts his trademark wit to good use and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the pursuit of self-interest is so important.

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