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Grand Pur­suit: The Story of Eco­nomic Ge­nius Sylvia Nasar

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This is a nar­ra­tion of the mak­ing of mod­ern eco­nom­ics and how eco­nom­ics res­cued mankind, Nasar takes the reader on a jour­ney through mod­ern his­tory with the men and women who changed the lives of ev­ery sin­gle per­son on the planet. Nasar’s ac­count be­gins with Charles Dick­ens and Henry May­hew, pro­vid­ing a broad sur­vey of the best-known econ­o­mists of the past 150 years and learn­ing about their per­sonal lives, their con­tri­bu­tions to the dis­ci­pline, and how they tried to in­flu­ence pol­icy. Through­out her skill­fully con­structed nar­ra­tive, Nasar demon­strates a re­mark­able grasp of the ma­jor ideas of al­most ev­ery ma­jor econ­o­mist that readers could think of. She de­scribes the im­por­tance of John May­nard Keynes, Beatrice Pot­ter Webb (the in­ven­tor of the idea of the wel­fare state), Mil­ton Fried­man and Amartya Sen among oth­ers both to the dis­ci­pline of eco­nom­ics and to pol­icy mak­ing. In this sense, the book is prob­a­bly the most com­pre­hen­sive his­tory of its kind.

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