Eamonn Butler

Author and broadcaster on economics and social issues

Adam Smith – A Primer

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Adam Smith (1723-1790) is widely regarded as the father of economics. He is best remembered for his pioneering book, The Wealth of Nations, a powerful statement of the importance of free and open markets, commerce, and trade. But few people know much more. This book shows the remarkable scope of Adam Smith’s work  – not just economics but social psychology, politics, and ethics. And it is full of insights about him – for example, that his support for free markets stemmed from a humane desire to help the poor, not the rich.

Adam Smith influenced the politicians of his time and he continues to influence them today. Adam Smith – A Primer tells you all you need to know about the man and his ideas in a book that is accessible, non-technical, and readably short.

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