OK, so I won't lie: it's a little dull, and I've studied economics. For those who haven't, I really do wonder if you'll find it compelling. Perhaps another reader who falls into this category could address this? But if you do have an economics background, this book is incredibly rewarding. All the figures you've kind of sort of heard of but don't know precisely what they did--Marshall, Schumpeter, Fischer, etc.--are covered quite well along with Beatrice Webb, one of the most important figures in the history of economic thought who I at least had never heard of.
A recurring theme, since the book covers lives as well as work, is various famous economists struggling to find love. We don't usually think of them this way, and I wonder whether economists were more or less romantically tormented than their contemporaries.
The other enjoyable part is learning who really weren't that significant of thinkers, despite their oversized reputations; in particular: Marx and Hayek. I've never bothered to read either, and Nasar makes clear that that's not a problem. There really are no theres there.
I found the switching back and forth of narrators irritating, and I strongly preferred the female reader to the male one. I'm not sure what led to this odd choice, but I hope this doesn't start a trend.
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