Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers / Edition 6

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Hailed by John Kenneth Galbraith almost a half century ago as a "brilliant achievement, The Worldly Philosophers with more than 2 million copies sold, not only enables us to see more deeply into our history, but helps us to better understand our own times. Heilbroner provides the new theme that connects thinkers as different as Adam Smith and Karl Marx: the desire to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.

In a bold new last chapter titled "The End of the Worldly Philosophy?" Heilbroner reminds us that the word "end" refers both to the purpose and the limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today's increasingly "scientific" economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past, but a call to action for our future.

Through the narrative of one of the most widely read texts on the history of economic thought, the great economic thinkers--from Adam Smith to Malthus, from Marx to Veblen, from Keynes to modern-day economists--come to life in the context of their times. 8 cassettes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671633189
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 2/1/1987
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    The Best Introductory Economic Book Ever

    I really liked this book. This book is mentioned in two other excellent books (Freakonomics and A Beautiful Mind). I am not going to major in economics, and I am too young to enter the classes at my school. I plan to read this book again once I begin those classes. I know I will be ahead of the class thanks, in part, to this book. I did notice that there is a slight pull towards certain economic systems (socialism). The book could use some more editing (by outside sources). I felt certain topics could have been discussed together instead of spread out. Sadly, I don¿t think there will be another edition. (Heilbroner died earlier this year.)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Great find, not typical at all.

    I loved this book. It was gritty and tough, not you typical sugar coated romance. I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    This is definitely one of my favourites... Teresa outdid herself

    This is definitely one of my favourites... Teresa outdid herself with the telling of this beautiful story. I immediately identified with the characters and found myself drifting away into the book and the beautiful love story that she told. Knowing that a sequel is on it's way... sends shivers up my spine.... just when you thought the story was over... Teresa has more to say.... 2 thumbs up for this book... Thanks Teresa :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    Great Read This story was very raw and makes the reader take a

    Great Read

    This story was very raw and makes the reader take a hard look in to the life of a woman, who is not a drug addict herself but, whose life is ruled by it. Her boyfriend Jax and her mother delve in to the world of drugs to escape the harsh world of reality leaving Cass to deal with responsibility alone.

    "You promised me you wouldn't do that anymore. You promised." Tears formed in my eyes, but I struggled to keep them from falling. He ignored me and tightened the belt around his arm.

    Cass feels she will never be anything more then what she people perceive her as, worthless White Trash. She doesn't indulge herself with fantasy of a knight and shining armor coming in on his white steed to sweep her off her feet. The knight she thought would save her life is sitting in their trailer with a needle hanging out of his arm.

    My eyes, normally a sky blue, looked dull and faded. I felt as though my life was literally draining out of them. I was becoming my mother. All I needed was a drug habit and forty extra pounds. Blonde hair, blue eyed nothing.

    One day during her shift at the diner she works at, she meets Tucker White. His outside appearance gives off the bad boy vibe and makes Cass cringe at the thought of being attracted to him. She learned early on bad boys were nothing but trouble. For unforeseen reason she finds herself completely attracted to Tucker but because of her barriers shes mean and heartless towards him. However, Tucker doesn't give up on his advances and a relationship begins to develop between the two.

    I really liked this story. I do wish it had been a little longer because it was over way too soon for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Wow... This story wrenched my heart, even in the happy times bet

    Wow... This story wrenched my heart, even in the happy times between Cass and Tucker it was painful. It definitely kept me reading. I had to know that Cass was going to get her happy ending, that she was going to learn to love and let someone love her. I can't wait till the second book, I know that there will be a lot more recovery for Cass...This is a fave for sure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Fasciating introduction to economic history. This book will mak

    Fasciating introduction to economic history. This book will make you want to learn more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    Best Book I've Read in School

    Although that might be an overstatement, this book was a wonderful guide to understanding the beliefs of the great economists of lore. Amid thousands of pages of reading this semester, this stood out as the one thing I would read for pleasure. Understanding the human side of the thinkers was invaluable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This review is of the (currently) unpublished expanded edition.

    This review is of the (currently) unpublished expanded edition.

    I’ve found that the more I enjoy a book, the harder it is for me to review. I might have mentioned this once (or twice) before. White Trash Beautiful is no exception. I really liked this book.

    Mummert’s characters really come to life. Out of all of the characters I’ve read about recently, Cass has to be at the top of my favorites list. I liked that even though her life wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, she wasn’t willing to lie down and accept it. She was working and fighting for a better life for her and her mother. While I didn’t like Jax, his character was done wonderfully. Another character that I enjoyed, though I didn’t at first, was Larry. One character that I didn’t connect with very much, though, was Tucker. Even though he’s a main character, I didn’t feel much of anything for him. While I absolutely loved that he wanted to protect and care for Cass, I didn’t see how he fell in love with her. There wasn’t ever a defining moment. It felt weird for me.

    The story was pretty good. The pacing was nice up until the last few chapters. The ending felt very rushed. Since it’s the first book in the trilogy, I don’t understand why the ending was so rushed. I believe it would have made more sense to keep up the initial smooth pacing and either make the book longer or just continue the story on in the second book. Other than the rushed ending, I liked the story and I cannot wait for the second book in the trilogy.

    * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

    Be sure to check out my blog, KDH Reviews, to see all of my reviews.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Must Read

    I could barely put the book down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    $%#&

    Great story! Can not wait for the next one!
    :-)

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    omg this is def on my recd to friends list. i was immediately in

    omg this is def on my recd to friends list. i was immediately invested in the characters and felt everything Cass did. i love when authors get to show versatility through their different books. i read the honor series first and fell in love. glad that i fell in love with cass and tucker also & even though their sex wasn't as "nasty" as in honor....it was still hot!

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    Cass¿s life is a terrible tragedy. A young girl with a rotten li

    Cass’s life is a terrible tragedy. A young girl with a rotten life, and no where to turn is the basis of this entire story. With an addicted Mother, and an abusive addict for a boyfriend she has found herself in a white trash lifestyle. Although, this character is far from white trash. With a realistic look on life she knows that the only way to change her present is to work hard for a better life. It is easy to see over the progression of this story that this young woman just can not find a break. That is until a mysterious Tucker walks into the diner. This relationship is long and steady, but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the character building. The story is narrated in first person, so while it is easy to relate and understand Cass, it was a struggle to maintain a firm grasp on the other characters. With this obstacle I feel that it also hindered the relationship development, and left their intensity so what lacking. The story line was one of extreme potential. When touching on such dark aspects of life I was intrigued from the start, but I wished everything else would have meshed with the desperation of the situation. After peaking my interest I will definitely have to read anymore additions to this series, but I hope to see the potential reached more effectively in the novels to come. Beware Mummert’s story is not your happy go’ lucky romance. Be prepared to touch the dark and dangerous aspects of Cass’s life.~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    Good read, strong main character. I read in one sitting and real

    Good read, strong main character. I read in one sitting and really enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. Cass pulled at my heartstrings so ma

    I really enjoyed this book. Cass pulled at my heartstrings so mant times. I felt so bad for her and how the course of her life had turned out. I wanted to kill Jackson for treating her so bad. Tucker was a great guy despite the temptations he lived around everyday. I just wish that the book was longer so we could see Cass and Tucker's love progress more in depth. Can't wait till the next one!!

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Outstanding book. Can't wait to read others from this author.

    Outstanding book. Can't wait to read others from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Am AMAZING!!!

    I loved everybit of it. Couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Fantastic book!

    I love the history details in this book.

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    Posted December 24, 2012

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    Posted November 3, 2012

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