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  • Published: 9 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241967881
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness




Lessons on how to live a more virtuous and happy life from the legendary economist

What does an economist who died in 1790 have to say about the moral life, the good life, the mystery of human interaction, and the place that ambition and fame play in our lives? Plenty.

The Wealth of Nations remains a pillar in economic theory, but Adam Smith considered his other, lesser-known great work a superior book. Economics professor Russell Roberts always meant to read The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and when he finally did, it changed his life. Rather than read the dense tome, Roberts has devised an ingenious way to 'channel' Adam Smith by presenting his lessons in an accessible and fun way.

  • Published: 9 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241967881
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Praise for How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Roberts whisks the reader through Smith's "hidden gem" and skilfully blends modern examples with Smith's original, leaving you wanting to tackle his masterpiece

Financial Times

[Adam Smith's] moral values are rather neglected ... Happily, Russ Roberts has digested, condensed and commented upon Smith's theories of the good life ... the pursuit of happiness is not the pursuit of money

The Times

A great book. Makes you feel better about life, humanity, and yourself. Like having a conversation and a scotch with Adam Smith, or even better, Russ Roberts

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan

'Can economists teach us how to live a good life? When the economists in question are Adam Smith and Russ Roberts, the answer is a definitive yes. Roberts shines a fresh light on Smith's ideas about morality and human nature and finds they hold up remarkably well in the 21st century. A fun, fascinating, and original book that will challenge you to become a better version of yourself'

Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive

Adam Smith was not just an economist; he had penetrating insights into human nature that informed his rich, subtle, and rev­olutionary approach to moral philosophy. Russ Roberts combines a deep understanding of what Smith was on about with a fluent writing style to bring out the surprisingly modern implications of Smith's thinking

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist

'Russ Roberts has taken a brilliant but difficult classic - Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments - and written an engaging and inspiring meditation on virtue, friendship, and happiness. The result is a won­derful guide to living a good life'

Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind

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