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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is one of the most important and influential works ever published on economic theory. A masterpiece of the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment, it develops a theory of social order arising from the unintended consequences of self-interested behavior. This self regulating system of the free market, Adam Smith contends, protects consumers from entrenched special interests and is usually harmed by government intervention.

This program examines explains Smith's major arguments and provides the background necessary for comprehension. Each of the five books of The Wealth of Nations is covered in order to explain how the seemingly diverse themes relate to Smith's general purpose.

Knowledge Products is a leading publisher of educational audiobooks. The subject matter is primarily based on the great ideas and events of history.
1985 by Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products; (P)Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Poor Commentary

This is not the Adam Smith book but simply someone else's weak interpretation. In my opinion it is misrepresented and I wasted two credits on this and part two. To make things worse I also got soaked a credit for "Democracy In America". Oh well, live and learn. I'd of given it zero stars if I could have.

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  • Chandra
  • Sunnyvale, US, Canada
  • 07-08-09

this is NOT the adam smith book youre looking for

i mistook it for the original adam smith book

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  • Saad
  • san diego, CA, USA
  • 03-23-09

Very terrible audible.

This Audible had nothing to do with the book itslef. It was a commentary on the book. They talked about the author for several sections of the audible and then they talked about little snippets of the book, but mostly it was comments about the life of the author, the history when the book was written and nothing about the book itself or its conents. I was expecting they would read the book, but they did not. Very bad terrile audible. I will call customer support and try to get my credits back for this book.

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  • Russ. M
  • 04-13-13

never mind economics lets talk value (part 2)

I've said this before but it's worth saying twice:



This is the only book you need to read about economics, everything else is just gravy. I read this book thirty years ago and found it heavy going, however this interpretation puts it into context and being speech based gives it an extra dimension for understanding. Reading both parts will be the most productive five hours you will ever spend and all for just over a tenner.