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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the foundation of classical economics, and it has influenced a broad range of thinkers. In it, Adam Smith stresses the importance of the division of labor to economic progress. He criticizes the arguments for economic planning and offers a detailed theoretical and historical case for free trade. Far more than a work on economic theory, The Wealth of Nations contains philosophy, history, and political theory.

This program discusses Adam Smith's general approach to philosophy and how The Wealth of Nations fits into that approach. It then goes on to cover some major themes in The Wealth of Nations, a lengthy and complex book. Smith's sometimes difficult arguments are given with the background necessary for comprehension.

1985 by Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products; (P)Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • Tom
  • 17-07-2010

it's about time...

The other two reviewers unfortunately do not understand the context of Adam Smith's great work. Because, as the author points out, The Wealth of Nations is far too often only understood through the ideological perversion of its original intention and meaning, by both sides. Therefore , understanding the context of the times and intellectual climate is the only way to genuinely understand the work.

I only gave it three stars because I feel the topic deserves much greater depth and eventhough the perspective was right, this work can only be appreciated with several other companion works on the Enlightenment and classical economics.

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  • Foolhardy
  • 17-02-2008


This is not the Adam Smith book but simply someone else's weak interpretation. In my opinion it is misrepresented and I wasted two credits on this and part two. To make things worse I also got soaked a credit for "Democracy In America". Oh well, live and learn. I'd of given it zero stars if I could have.

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  • Saad
  • 23-03-2009

Terrible, Horrible, don't get this book

This Audible had nothing to do with the book itslef. It was a commentary on the book. They talked about the author for several sections of the audible and then they talked about little snippets of the book, but mostly it was comments about the life of the author, the history when the book was written and nothing about the book itself or its conents. I was expecting they would read the book, but they did not. Very bad terrile audible. I will call customer support and try to get my credits back for this book.

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  • Carl Thompson
  • 31-01-2017

Misleading(not the book)

I thought I was buying the book, not some play about the era of Adam Smith. I'm very disappointed.

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  • Russ. M
  • 13-04-2013

never mind economics lets talk value (Part 1)

This is the only book you need to read about economics, everything else is just gravy. I read this book thirty years ago and found it heavy going, however this interpretation puts it into context and being speech based gives it an extra dimension for understanding. Reading both parts will be the most productive five hours you will ever spend and all for just over a tenner.

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