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The Wealth of Nations: Books I-III: Bks.1-3 Paperback – 25 March 1982

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  • ASIN : 0140432086
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 576 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780140432084
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0140432084
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
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"Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things."
--Robert L. Heilbroner

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Adam Smith (1723-90) taught both logic and moral philosophy at Glasgow University. His Wealth of Nations revolutionised the economic theories of the time. Andrew Skinner teaches at the Adam Smith Institute and is an expert on the author's work.

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Livingandlearning
3.0 out of 5 stars Tampered with authors words
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tampered with authors words
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2020
I like:
1) The thickness of the paperback cover and paperweight.
2) The introduction with a brief description of the life of Adam Smith.
3) The size of printed words.
4) The quality of the printed words.

I did not like:
1) Changes to the original text.
2) Changing the conclusion.

I guess I’m kinda weird because when I buy a book to read an author’s words - I expect that I will read the author’s words.

I chose this version of The Wealth of Nations because I wanted to read the author’s words.

Instead, this Penguin Classics versions has been rewritten in part to say what the editor thinks I should read.

Listen carefully - if you wanted a dumbed down version of this book because you are unable to read English from the 1700s to read or don’t really care about what Adam Smith wrote, this is the right book for you - and that’s okay - but that’s not what I wanted. I wanted an in contaminated version of The Wealth of Nations - but this version is very contaminated including an altered conclusion. This is a man named Skinner’s revision of the original. It’s like the King James Version of the Bible is not actually the original words of the original version. That’s what this book is like. So now I’ll probably download a free PDF copy of the original. I’ll keep this version and call it Skinner’s version of The Wealth of Nations.

If you are the type of reader who wants to know the truth about what Adam Smith wrote and are willing to adapt your reading style to the English of 1776, this is not the original text. The first 96 pages are written by a totally different person during modern times. If I want to read what Andrew Skinner has to say, I will buy his books. This Penguin Classics version of The Wealth of Nations is Andrew Skinner’s version of what he thinks we ought to read. I’m am not pleased with my decision to buy this book. I will continue to seek an unaltered version of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. This type of tactic is one of many reasons that rich people are rich and poor people stay poor - access to knowledge. Poor people and poor minded people want the cheapest product rather than take the extra steps to find the best value for the money.

There are five books that comprise The Wealth of Nations. This Penguin Classic is a revision of books 1,2,3.

If you found this review helpful in any way, selecting helpful for any review helps people know that their time is appreciated. I certainly appreciate your time reading these reviews. I am hopeful that my review will help you make a great purchase decision. This may be the perfect edition for you but for me it’s a thumbs down. Next time I’ll read between the lines when I read a description.
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