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On the Wealth of Nations, by P. J. O'Rourke.  Chances are that you haven't read Adam Smith's pioneering work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations ("The Wealth of Nations," for short).  Nor is it likely you’ve read Smith's other very important book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.  That's a shame, because these two works, written in the 18th century, have profoundly influenced our world.  Since Smith's two major works aren't especially easy for most non-economists to read, humorist P. J. O'Rourke wrote a short, witty summary of Smith's most important points.  Although his humor gets carried away in a few instances, O'Rourke does a remarkably good job distilling the key concepts into slightly more than 200 easy-to-read pages, compared with over 1,500 not-so-easy pages by Smith.  

ISBN-13: 9780802143426
Format: Paperback, 242pp
Pub. Date: Feb 2005
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.