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|New Ideas from Dead Economists, by Todd Buchholz. It was Keynes who said that, " . . . practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist." In this very witty and easy to read 1990 book, Buchholz gives us the low-down on the lives and powerful ideas of a number of defunct economists--including Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall and John Maynard Keynes. Buchholz's book is so easy and enjoyable to read that it's easy to overlook the depth of the concepts it covers. Indeed, I would suggest that the ideas contained in the pages of this excellent book are among the most powerful and influential known to humanity.||
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