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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    "Adam Smith for Dummies" and for Laughs

    P.J. O'Rouke adds another classic to the bookshelf. Through wit and wisdom O'Rourke shows that Adam Smith had a couple good ideas along with much more fuzzy thinking, which seems to be par for the economics profession. I found it easy to read and to finish. Indeed, I was disappointed when I came to the end of the book.

    I've had a copy of the Smith's original treatise sitting on my shelf for many years, but I've never read it because the text was too dense, turgid and verbose. Thank God for O'Rouke's concise distillation. And thank you for the laughs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

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    I enjoyed this book a lot. O'Rourke is a great writer with an equally developed sense of humor. Must admit that I haven't read his other books yet, nor have I read Adam Smith's original classic, but I got a lot of laughs out of this and actually learned a lot about Smith's ideas too. Hopefully Smith isn't rolling over in his grave, but at least O'Rourke is getting more people acquainted with Smith's ideas. Even intellectuals might understand it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    Like hitting yourself with a hammer...Fells good when you stop!

    I love P. O, O'Rourkes stuff. I have all his books but this one....!? I got about 60 pages into it and just hit a wall. Maybe I will come back to it someday. Do I recommend it? Let us just say I am not going to say 'Don't read it'. I DO recommend ALL his other books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    P. J. O'Rourke's summary of a big book

    I really enjoy reading P. J. O'Rourke's books. I still enjoy re-reading 'Peace Kills' and 'Eat the rich.' O'Rourke did the best he could to liven old Adam Smith up and translate/condense what he was saying. As O'Rourke stated, 'the Wealth of Nations' was a large verbose books when it was the style to write a large book. Don't read O'Rourke's book expecting cliff notes or to skip reading for your History of Classical Economics Class. P. J. O'Rourke does hit most of Smith's main points while trying to covey Smith's main ideas. O'Rourke does a good job at it. But from reading the book, those who have little or no interest in Economics may not enjoy it.

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