Grand Pursuit: The Story Of Economic Genius
Simon & Schuster

Grand Pursuit: The Story Of Economic Genius

  • Publish Date: 2011-09-13
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Sylvia Nasar

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The author of the groundbreaking bestseller A Beautiful Mind takes the reader on a journey of discoveryhow the greatest invention of modern times, economics, has changed the lives of every single human being.

In a sweeping narrative, the author of the megabestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. Its the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate.

Nasars account begins with Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew observing and publishing the condition of the poor majority in mid-nineteenth-century London, the richest and most glittering place in the world. This was a new pursuit. She describes the often heroic efforts of Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshall, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and the American Irving Fisher to put those insights into actionwith revolutionary consequences for the world.

From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keyness disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and Indias Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, she shows how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the worldfrom one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire planet. In Nasars dramatic narrative of these discoverers we witness men and women responding to personal crises, world wars, revolutions, economic upheavals, and each others ideas to turn back Malthus and transform the dismal science into a triumph over mankinds hitherto age-old destiny of misery and early death. This idea, unimaginable less than 200 years ago, is a story of trial and error, but ultimately transcendent, as it is rendered here in a stunning and moving narrative.

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