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The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

by Russell Roberts
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ISBN-13: 9780691143354
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2009
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 582,667
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Russell Roberts is professor of economics at George Mason University, the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Distinguished Scholar at George Mason's Mercatus Center, and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is the author of The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism and The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 Thinking Outside the Box 1

2 Out of Control 7

3 Birds of a Feather 17

4 Inconceivable 29

5 Leaning on the Gardener 52

6 Mea Culpa 64

7 The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs 77

8 A Night in the Cemetery 104

9 The Price of Everything 115

10 No Host No Problem 129

11 The Weaver of Dreams 150

12 A Wild and Precious Life 166

13 How's It Going to End? 174

Sources and Further Reading 191

Acknowledgments 201

What People are Saying About This

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A remarkable use of parables and dialogues to convey economic intuitions. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand this branch of applied philosophy we call economics.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable"

Vernon Smith

This is a great story about human, social, and economic betterment brought about by the forces of spontaneous coordination. It's also about justice and there's a warm ending. Read and enjoy.
Vernon Smith, Nobel Prize-winning economist

Paul Romer

The Price of Everything illuminates the astonishing economic world we live in. This book could change your life—reading it will give you a sense of wonder about the everyday marvels that are all around us.
Paul Romer, Stanford University


The Price of Everything is sensationally good fiction and sensationally good economics.
Deirdre N. McCloskey, author of "The Bourgeois Virtues"

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who reads any of Russell Robert's book -- writings -- will be astonished on his literary writing skills on the topic of economics. He has got to be the best business writer I have ever encountered, and I read the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist and many other business publications daily. Read Russell Roberts--you will not regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining book, very good writing, research, presenting. Good book.
GalinaMorse More than 1 year ago
The most important business, economics, political science book ever written, best I have ever read! Author's approach is like gold, very easy to understand complex issues of trade, politics, business world! Wonderful book, very clear, very well written, fun to read. Will give to my husband, I loved this book.
New-York-City-Reader More than 1 year ago
Incomparable writing in regard to the topic of economics, business, commerce, very well written. Russell Roberts is supremely talented writer, not sure if I have ever encountered a better writer! This book is very well researched, fun to read, very insightful. Recommend it highly to anyone and/or everyone. GREAT BOOK!!!!
Seattlereviewer More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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SandyandSandy More than 1 year ago
High class writing, very well qualified writer -- does an excellent job.
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Great book.
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A must buy for anyone interested in learning about econmics. Very well written, insightful, entertaining, easy to understand-read, this book is awesome.