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Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 24. Januar 2008

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In his "New York Times" bestsellers "Liar's Poker", and "Moneyball", Michael Lewis gave us an unprecedented look at what goes on behind the scenes on Wall Street. Now he takes us back across the centuries to explore the four classics that created and defined not just Wall Street, but the entire economic system we live under today. Brought together with Lewis' illuminating editorial commentary, they form an essential reference for any student of economics - in fact, for anyone who wants to understand the market forces and government policies that have shaped our world, and will continue to shape our future.


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Too little commentary 9. September 2008
Von Mikael Hovmller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is the verbatim texts of several classics. That's sort of cool, but to be honest, reading 18th century prose is slow. Very, very slow...

Michael Lewis adds some commentary. Unfortunately, that's only a few pages per book. What is there is generally quite good, but it is far too little. In particular, it would have been interesting to see comments on the actual texts, as opposed to general comments on the authors' lives.

If you really want to read all the classics, it's convenient to have them all in one place. Otherwise, you should probably pass.
47 von 56 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A Good Reference Work 8. Januar 2008
Von James B - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Despite being an economics/finance geek, who is a fan of Michael Lewis' previous work, especially Moneyball, I was debating whether to buy this. I have already read The Wealth of Nations, which makes up half of this huge book. It is nice to have such a collection of great works together though, and although the vast majority of the writing is just old copyright expired material you can get on the Internet for free, Lewis' commentary does add to it. In addition to being an accomplished writer, the author does have a masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and does have a knowledge of and a passion for the subject. So on the whole this is really intended for people who have an academic interest in the subject, but at the very least you will have a really big book on your shelf to impress your friends.
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Real Price of Everything by Lewis 6. April 2008
Von Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a complicated book because of its length and
technical verbiage in economics. The outline includes
lengthy dissertations by 5 or more writers in foundational
economic literature and reporting. These are:

1776: The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

1798: An Essay on the Principle of Population
by Thomas Malthus

1817: Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
by David Ricardo

1899: The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions by Thorstein Veblen

1936: The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
by John Maynard Keynes

There is an extensive development of macroeconomic theory
dealing with the GNP, as well as the microeconomics pertinent
to everything human beings do. The Wealth of Nations is the
classic by Adam Smith. It espouses the theory that human
beings are driven by self-interest & that they play a role
in improving the market. The Mercantilists of the
time believed that the wealth of a nation began with trade
surpluses. The division of labor leads to greater improvement, dexterity, time saving and mechanization. These concepts
permeate the modern patent laws around the world. The inherent
difficulty in weighing metals leads to the utilization of coins
and other money in the form of paper, bonds etc. Value is
defined in terms of its use in exchange. The real price is
a function of the toil involved in the manufacture or assembly
of a product.

Malthus believed that increasing the price of a stock
necessarily increased the price of provisions.
David Ricardo believed that population doubled every 25 years
and that capital doubled in less than 25 years or it lagged behind. Therefore, wages increased because the demand for labor
was greater than its supply. The value of a
commodity was a function of the amount of labor expended in
producing it. The quantity of labor with respect to commodity
production is modified by the employment of machinery, fixed
and durable capital.

Thorstein Vebleu believed that wealth increments lead to a
leisure class developing in structure and function.
At some point, the leisure class matures and it becomes exempt
from the idea of thrift and savings.

Overall, the book explains many of the concepts behind money and
wealth. The downside is the 1400 pages or so to accomplish this
monumental task. This would be an excellent purchase for students
of the economic sciences, government, politics, world history and
news reporting. The $30 price tag is a solid value for the content contained within this massive text.
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Awesome, but missing some key people 28. Mai 2011
Von TwisterCricket - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
One of the best anthologies out there. The thinkers included are all great. Anyone who sticks through the whole book will learn a lot. Keynes and Ricardo are a slightly harder read because of their economic verbiage, but this book was not supposed to spoon feed. There is a reason it presented the original texts and not a summary. It is a shame these days that most people haven't read the original words of the people who have influenced how nations developed and how leaders approached policy.

That being said, I wished this book included more economists. I understand that the book is already a giant in terms of pages, but The Austrian school of economics is missing, as is Marx. Both these schools have greatly influenced the economic thinking of the world (F.A. Hayek even got a Nobel prize). Michael Lewis's anthology would have been perfect if it included Selections from Mises's Human Action, Marx's Capital, and any of Hayek's work.
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There is value in reading the original sources of economic thought 4. Juni 2014
Von Louis M. Kyriakoudes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Economists give short shift to the history of economic thought. It is not surprising, then, that a journalist who majored in art history shares these classics with us. One reason for the great power of Michael Lewis' writing on economic behavior is that he comes to it fresh by asking fundamental questions about how people respond to incentives and how that behavior shapes our world. The value of reading these original works is that one gets a strong sense of the ethical and moral context in which Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, Thorsten Veblen, and John Maynard Keynes developed their ideas. The selections from MacKay's "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" give insight into the social psychology of bubbles and panics.
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