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However, she reserves her most respectful treatment for the brilliant Indian economic thinker, Amartya Sen.

Karl Marx thought that economic growth under capitalism resulted from appropriating the “surplus value” of labor, but conceded that capitalism was excellent for production but untenable with regard to the distribution of wealth. Perhaps Grand Pursuit will become required reading in high school. And many of especially the earlier thinkers in Industrial Revolution era Britain, are discussed in early in light of their application of economic theory to eliminating poverty.

Both men led colourful lives, and Nasar captures those colours in all their glory. That seemed to fit into my own ideas of ways of view Possibly mistitled this book did not seem to be so much about a grand idea but rather the stories of leading economists in the era following the Great Depression. The immediate mode of discussion is to focus on particular thinkers and their times and from that construct a larger narrative of the story of economic pol This is a popularly oriented book on economic history – in particular by way of a historical look at economists and their times.

She takes on the history of a science and makes a fascinating story out of it. It simply wants to introduce what the author thinks we general pop would want to know about these men and women. This Grand Economic Puzzle is Incomplete Silvia Nasar embarked on an ambitious journey to capture years of economic history — it’s leading men and women, it’s major successes, setbacks, influences, and impacts — into a compelling set of standalone stories.

She certainly is very well equipped to place the rise of these ideas perfectly into her grand portrait of economic evolution. I can certainly understand the shorter amount of space dedicated to this section since it’s been covered at length by many other authors.


From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keynes’s disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and India’s Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, she shows how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the world–from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire planet.

Then, in the following decade, there emerged a remarkable figure who moved the center of gravity in the discussion far to the left: With the recent debate over the role of stimulus in the Great Recession – with Democrats backing Keynesian principles and Republicans backing Hayekian ideas – it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that, taking the long view, they were both strong proponents of the free market, social freedoms and economic progress.

The immediate mode of discussion is to focus on particular thinkers and their times and from that construct a larger narrative of the story of economic policy.

Marx, for example, is dismissed with the observation that real wages don’t necessary have to fall under the reign of the bourgeoisie that strives to minimize costs busquedq, labour, materials and maximize gains profits.

For him, development depended primarily on entrepreneurship.

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At its worst it dives into the most boring trivialities. Or, better yet, having the government spend more money directly, since that would guarantee that percent of it would be spent rather than saved.

At it best, this book offers illuminating explanations of a wide variety of economic ideas. It lays the groundwork to understand when people go on about Keynesianism and Milton Friedman and Monetism and explains who thought up what and who’s done what in whose name and lays out the basic principles of everyone and does a wonderful jo of justifying the actual study of economics – important, since there are a lot of haters and Economists have This is hands down the finest book on the actual study of economics that I have ever read.

One thing that came across in Grand Pursuit was how reactionary the application of the science has been throughout history.


One of the best economic books ever read.

Instead, this book comes off as an incomplete puzzle: Pero siempre que no sean demasiado revoltosos. Alfred Marshall believed that competition under capitalism resulted in increased productivity. The connections between the stories, the meaning and themes, are left for the reader to discover.

They differed on what caused sylvla growth bsuqueda what needed to be done to distribute the wealth. While Marshall and earlier thinkers reminded us of our control over our economic fates, Keynes and Fisher played nusqueda huge role in shaping our understanding of how to work the economic machine. What was more interesting to me was just to get the perspective of someone who doesn’t have modern concepts looking at unpredicted developments as they unfolded.

Nasar writes with a scientifical mindset: Preview — Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar.

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I had shelved this recently but decided to bump it up to the top of the list because I was looking for a history of economic thought that put Marx in context. For four years, she did research with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief. Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: It’s a shame that Nasar skips out the stagflation of the s and the rise of the neo-liberal era. There are certain little details of these economists’ lives that I appreciate, especially in the first half of the buwqueda.

As a general reader interested in history, economics and politics, I found the book valuable and fascinating. All in all, I’d still highly recommend this book for the clarity and prose of the first two sections of the book.

There are exceptions to this rule. Of all those described at length in Grand Pursuit, Sen is the only one still living.

But nonetheless, the organization of chapters and timelines is rather confusing.