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I took one course in Macroeconomics in college, and have read some books, and some excerpts of the works, of some of the thinkers listed above. Nov 24, Lisa Harmonybites rated it bhsqueda liked it Recommends it for: En ocasiones nos logra colocar en los tiempos y en las encrucijadas que algunos de ellos vivieron, sobre todo en el caso de Marshall, Beatrice Web, Keynes, Joan Robison.

This is unfortunate because Nasar brings us so far, but then she stops. It’s a shame really, considering that Schumpeter’s notion of a country’s development not being beholden to it’s natural endowment of resources is a particularly powerful one that deserves far more harping upon than it gets. It’s a book for the curious, patient, interested layperson. One of the best economic books ever nssar.

The role of Keynes was well presented, but without much new material. Most of all, the coverage of the British politicians’ stance on economic policy immediately post WWII is compressed into about a page and half, and makes for very confusing sylviz.

If you have not read much about 19th and 20th century economic history and economists, this is a good volume to start with. Return to Book Page.

It’s the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate. She didn’t spend as much time on Milton Friedman one lw my favorites as I would like, and she spent too much time Joan Robinson and a chapter on Amyarta Sen, mostly, I suspect, as a nod to “diversity.

May 30, Kritajnya Raghunathan rated it really liked it.

La gran búsqueda / Grand Pursuit : Una Historia De La Economía / the Story of Economic Genius

In the era of huge national deficits and concerns over a balanced budget, Ms. I personally admire both these men for the sheer volume of writings and ideas they spun out during their careers. In that sense too, Nasar’s unwillingness to be hemmed in chronologically hurts the book a little bit, since I found myself struggling to remember economic conditions like post-WWI that were mentioned in a previous chapter, even though those conditions apply to the current thinker’s chapter.


Sylvia Nasar takes you through the “long run” history of economics, most notably the men and women who made great strides in it, stretching from the days of Marx in s Europe and concluding with Amartya Sen in modern day India. The big idea that I walked away with was the ways that economists viewed statistics to create new and better economic models that are used to steer economies from the wild swings that great booms and busts.

Economics is indeed “the dismal science”, and Nasar makes a noble effort to make it fun. Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: All the economics debates today, no matter how polarised their opponents may be, all agree on one basic premise – that we are masters of our own economic fate.

It’s a tribute to the book that Nasar keeps things pretty even between liberal and conservative ideas, except that she can’t help expressing her disdain for Karl Marx. The connections between the stories, the meaning and themes, are left for the reader to discover. The gloomy predictions of Thomas Malthus dominated discussions about the economy, and then Charles Dickens and other social reformers got into the act in mid-century, decrying the deplorable conditions of the poor and the heartless assumption that their lot could never improve.

The economic thinkers, while all important though Joan Robinson makes no sense to includewere picked arbitrarily. In my opinion, Nasars mind is a bit too closed.

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While Marshall and earlier thinkers reminded us of our control over our economic fates, Keynes and Fisher played a huge role in shaping our understanding of how to work the economic machine.

Sylvia Nasar starts her history of economic thought unconventionally, with British author Charles Dickens and his story A Christmas Carol. Nov 13, Jean rated it really liked it Shelves: And sometimes I get irritated by how wordy the book is. Nov 08, Rick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nasar delved into the deepend, reading just about everything she could about these men and women — their academic papers, biographies, coorespondances — to reconstruct what they were doing and thinking at pivotal times in their lives as economists.


It had less materials than I had hoped to engage readers with more background in this material.

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Fiscal policy changes were required: I enjoyed it while at the same time have little interest in economics itself. Like Irving Fisher, he pointed out that the gains during the booms outweighed the losses during the busts. The main thesis of the book is that by having applied clever macro-economic policies, by adjusting refined instruments, the general material buqsueda of humankind has been improved.

Inceledi Mercek altina aldigi ekonomistler ekonomi bilimini ve anlayisini tamamen yansitmasa da misal neden Adam Smith’ten baslamamis? Her point is that Britain in the s is one of the earliest times and places in which the extreme poverty of the majority no longer seemed to be permanent.

Consequently, gtan were inevitable.

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Dec 03, Austin Larson rated it really liked it. She is a terrific writer. This idea, unimaginable less than years ago, is a story of trial and error, but ultimately transcendent, as it is rendered here in a stunning and moving narrative.

With such first-hand sources and a keen eye for pulling out the most revealing stories, quotes, passages, Nasar could have put together a brilliant history of modern economics that could enlighten us all about the choices our governments and industries make.

Other figures that are usually discussed, such as Keynes’ teacher Alfred Marshall and his Austrian contemporaries Friedrich Hayek and Joseph Schumpeter are discussed in greater depth than is usual. Now seeing as this book was written shortly after the crisis, it seems Nasar sees the world through a rose-tinted ideology.