The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

The Making of Modern Economics The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers An introduction to the major economic philosophers since Beginning with Adam Smith and continuing through to the present day this work examines the contributions made by each individual to the r

  • Title: The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers
  • Author: Mark Skousen
  • ISBN: 9780765604804
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • An introduction to the major economic philosophers since 1775 Beginning with Adam Smith and continuing through to the present day, this work examines the contributions made by each individual to the role of the economist, the science of economics, and economic theory.

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    1. Mark Skousen

      I am a professional economist, financial adviser, university professor, author and producer of FreedomFest, the largest annual gathering of free minds about liberty and freedom in the world I edit the award winning financial newsletter, Forecasts Strategies markskousen , and have authored many books on economics, finance, investing and Benjamin Franklin I have been married to my wife Jo Ann for 35 years, and we have 5 children and 3 terrific grandsons.

    917 thoughts on “The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers”

    1. The history of economic thought told via chronological serial biography is a refreshing alternative to other more narrowly scoped economics books. After this book I feel like I have a more all-encompassing understanding of the major personalities and theories of the field, but the weakest aspect is the insistence on including all the tabloid details of the lives of the economists regardless of relevance to their public economic or political positions. The book is slightly more engaging for it bu [...]


    2. As a reference, this book has its good points and bad. It is broad, managing at least to touch on nearly every important theorist of the last 200+ years. But in some cases this completist approach produces a shallowness of treatment (particularly with Pareto, Clark, Edgeworth, Knight, and others from that time) that calls into question the value of the breadth. Another point of weakness is that Skousen either cannot or will not provide the strongest and most plausible exposition of theories to w [...]


    3. A very good survey of economic thought and those thinkers who've contributed to the field. While the author is very Conservative and his prejudices negatively impact his views of all thinkers who do not falling into his preferred category of free marketers, it is still a useful primer, especially for those not intimately aware of economic thought.As might be imagined, Marx comes off badly. But Skousen fails to even give Marx credit as a critic of capitalism, where Marx's thought is very useful. [...]


    4. A knock off of the book "the worldly philosophers." This absurd book tries to find a market by appealing to right wing think tanks by copying a popular work, but altering it to conform to the free market fundamentalist ideology. instead of viewing each economist as a contributor to our understanding, they are interpreted as either keepers of the supposed smithian faith, or apostles of evil. the author even suggests musical pairings to reenforce the religious motif. Ricardo's introduction of the [...]


    5. I listened to the audiobook. I'll probably listen to it again at some point; I learned a lot but also missed a lot.Skousen is an unabashed Adam Smith fanboy, but he's so up front about it that I didn't mind at all. (Not that I have any particular views on Adam Smith yet but usually I'd prefer a book like this to be a bit less biased.)I was a little irritated that the only section on a woman (Joan Robinson) had maybe a paragraph about her, and then twice that about the dearth of women in economic [...]


    6. I was slightly disappointed that Mr. Skousen's book, The Big Three in Economics, which I've already read, consisted of chapters taken wholly from this book. I suppose that the double-reading of those chapters helped refresh my memory, and I can't be too upset. That aside, I really liked the big picture that this book painted. It is not an economics book per se. It is really a historical writing about the lives and interconnectivity of the great economists since Adam Smith. Skousen is clearly a f [...]


    7. Considering how much I don't know about economics, surprisingly little went over my head. This is, in fact, a ground-level overview. I managed to understand why my former hero Keynes is not exactly worship material, and what Milton Friedman did for modern economics and so on. It's not a definitive history of economics - nor does it try to be; it's more of a compendium of economic ideas since Adam Smith, and why Skousen thinks they are right or wrong. But if you're in the ballpark of his ideology [...]


    8. Probably not a book for the general reader, but if you are a student of economics this is a very readable history of the important economists from Adam Smith to Milton Friedman. The author acknowledges that he has a bias towards free market economics so people likes Hayek and Mises are portrayed favorably while Keynes and Samuelson and especial Marx are shown as flawed. Given the dismal results of socialist economic models, I think this book, those biased, is an accurate history.


    9. I support the free market. I love msies, hayek, rothabrd ect. But this book sucked. It was more about their lives then their ideas. And the bias was so bad that he neglected key arguments from opponent. If your looking for an Austrian history of economic thought, but rothabrds. If your looking for shit, find a dog. No one needs this book.


    10. What an incredible history! Having read Adam Smith I found this book interesting as the differences between Wealth of Nations were well explained. Especially interesting was the comparison of Keynes' economics to Smith's. That said, I'm anxious to read more about Keynes and Friedman to better appreciate the struggle between these two outlooks on public policy.


    11. A good history of economic thought. The author gets beyond the familiar explanations and interpretations. You see the philosophies of Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, John Maynard Keynes, and others in more complexity than is typically conveyed. Doesn't seem to have a major left or right slant, but portrays the philosophies as reactions to consequences of earlier theories and practices.


    12. Muy interesantes las historias personales de cada uno de los economistas de los que trata el libro. Me gusta su enfoque libertario.


    13. A great historical overview. Highly recommended for those interested in acquiring some base knowledge of Economics. I will definitely be adding to the bibliography I provide my students.


    14. As a reference, this book has its good points and bad. It is broad, managing at least to touch on nearly every important theorist of the last 200+ years. But in some cases this completist approach produces a shallowness of treatment (particularly with Pareto, Clark, Edgeworth, Knight, and others from that time) that calls into question the value of the breadth. Another point of weakness is that Skousen either cannot or will not provide the strongest and most plausible exposition of theories to w [...]


    15. I had a hard time figuring out how to rate this one. Every chapter prior to the last one was a solid 4 star, maybe even 5 because I love economic history and this one seemed thorough and entertaining. The last chapter is barely a 1 star, though, because the author decides to suddenly make many strong statements in conclusion that are not even remotely backed up by the preceding book. It's like the thoughtful, relatively objective person that wrote the book asked his crazy, right-wing fanatic fri [...]


    16. First, the praise: I'm glad I read this book because I think what Skousen is trying to do is very important; by providing a coherent and engaging narrative about the history of economic thought, students of economics are better able to situate the particular theories they learn about. I personally felt like the book filled in some of the gaps in my knowledge (about second-tier economists, discredited-but-once-popular theories, etc.), so I am happy about that. It was also very accessible and had [...]


    17. I listened to the audiobook version. Audio: 5 star. Excellent. Clear, well-spoken, easily understood. The levels of voice volume and inflection were even throughout with only slight fluctuations occasionally.Content: 5 star. LOADED with biographical information on economists from the 17th century pre-Adam Smith to the present. (I've heard of the "biggies" but I had no idea there were so many others.) It's also loaded with the gems of economic theory and application from those economists. I only [...]


    18. With the existence and ready availability of clear, concise and modest summaries like this one, it is simply inexcusable for anyone to participate public debate about economic matters without the knowledge this book contains. If you are only going to remain a lay economist, and most of us are, then you need at least a elementary grasp of the foundational thinkers and ideas in economics.Here Mr. Skousen gives consideration thought and discussion to the main ideas of Richard Cantillon, Charles de [...]


    19. If you live outside the mindset of economics and have wondered what the interest could possibly be, or if your experience with it has been an exhausting path between rote drudgery and socio-political propaganda, this book could turn everything around so you see the joy of economic studies and theory.With the accounts of the many prominent economists visited in the book are explorations about why economics has attracted, seduced, and sometimes exalted or damned those who've played with its fires. [...]


    20. This book summarize 200 years of economic theory with special focus on Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and Milton Friedman. I have read Adam Smith and Milton Friedman before, and I think that this "Making of Modern Economics" would be a great introduction to economic theory.This book starts with the discovery of Adam Smith in 1776, that the economic framework of a country greatly influences the wealth of nations, even more than the country natural resources, and then is the history of many e [...]


    21. buku ini ditujukan untuk pembaca umum. yg tidak punya background ekonomi sekalipun akan mengerti bahwa sejarah ilmu ekonomi hingga menjadi seperti sekarang ini adalah sebuah kisah yg Indah dg Adam smith sbg tokoh atau karakter utamanya. berjalan mengalir sepert nove dg plot yg apik tenan. berkelok2 dari mula konsep laissez faire dan kebebasan alamiah atau invisible hand yg diikuti oleh pesimisme malthus dan ricardo, trus di goyang oleh sosialisme marx dg intervensionisme pemerintah hingga keynes [...]


    22. The book is missing "A very short introduction to" from its title. There's not a lot about economic theory here, it's mostly biographical summaries of well known economists. Contains attempts at humour, repetitions, repetitions and pretentious suggestions of "music to listen to" while reading a chapter.If you ever thought that to truly understand economics you need to know the sexual proclivities of famous economists this book delivers all the gossip you ever wanted. Honestly, why the author dec [...]


    23. A history of Economic Thought. However, for a history it is heavy, I mean heavy with the author's biased conservatism. For a book designed as a class room text, I find it a poor use of space to preach opinion on subjects that the economic discipline has yet to come to a consensus.That said, the history is thorough, there is always something new to learn when reading them. Mr. Skousen does a good job at keeping the reader engaged and interested in the topics at hand. That is no small feet for a b [...]


    24. This book is a miracle!, let me ask you a question, have you ever read a history of economic ideas that read like a novel? never! well this is an exception. This book is a study of the history of idea at it's best. From Adam Smith to Joseph Schumpeter. The author can bring the complicated to a digestible presentation to the general readers. He coupled the ideas with short snap of each thinker's lives. Simply the best!


    25. This book gives you the entire history of how world economics changed over the years and the important people who affected these major changes. In addition, it also talks about the circumstances and the personal life and events that actually affected the thinking of these influential men. As a person who just started reading his first book on economics, this book gave me more than I hoped for. Highly Recommended.


    26. Fantastic book about economics and how they affect our everyday lives. Written in a format everyone can understand. Not just about boring numbers, but about the lives and people behind the great economic theories of or time. Covering everything from Adam Smith to Karl Marx, a must read for anyone who wants to know more about economy and how it really works.


    27. So good for most of the book: the person first, then the ideas and what influenced them. Until we get to the present, that is, and the author takes a position and labels rights and wrongs. I would have preferred a more detached, factual account. Brimming with great information nonetheless.


    28. This book is not so much about economic theory as it is about the people/places/events surrounding the people who made the theory (as the title accurately implies). The book did what it set out to do, but i felt like it was missing something


    29. I really enjoyed how Mark Skousen presented mini documentaries of the people who contributed to the economic sciences. I believe to understanding history will revile the reality of the present and future.


    30. Though Skousen is dishonest, like most people on the "libertarian" right, he does his homework. I cannot say that he treats subjects fairly, but you can tell he has looked at the evidence and read many original sources.


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