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Here is a bold, new account of the lives and ideas of the great economists - Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and many others - all written by a top free-market economist and presented in an entertaining and persuasive style. Professor Mark Skousen tells a powerful story of economics with dozens of anecdotes of the great economic thinkers.
©2009 Mark Skousen (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Both fascinating and infuriating...enaging, readable, colorful...credulous, disingenuous, and tendentious." ( Foreign Affairs)

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  • Jeff
  • 08/10/2014

Don't Let the Author's Bias Scare You Away!

Mr Skousen brings us a solid, comprehensive and thoroughly entertaining history of modern economic thought from Adam Smith to the present day. Skousen succeeds wildly in making esoteric economic theories accesible, and draws in the reader/listener with quirky stories about each of the economists: Why did Adam Smith Burn all of his clothes? What was the story behind J.M Keynes's hand fetish? Who fathered Marx's housemaids child? These are just a few of the high points of this work.

Admitedly, Skousen is strongy biassed towards a Neo-Classical/Austrian viewpoint, and holds some quesitonable ideas, but don't let that turn you away! The author does a great job explaining each Economists viewpoint in a clear, concise, logical way; I was even able to get a good handle on some of Marx's important formulas from Kapital while driving on the freeway. This book is that good! Skousen is very careful to completely present each Economist's bio and arguments first and only then move on to a critique on their more questionable assumptions.

In regards to the narrator, I have no idea what the other reviewer is talking about. Hughes speaks clearly, pronounces German and French words well ans seems honestly excited in his narration. In fact, to me he seemed so excited that I initially thought it was the author narrating his own book.

Overall, having listened to some of Sowell's audiobooks and a few of the great courses on Economics, I have to say that this is the best choice on Audible to get readers excited about Economics. Well worth the credit!

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  • Maxwell
  • 09/06/2017

A Libertarian Economist Rant!

Author uses descriptors like "good" and "bad" to describe ideas in a way I find obnoxious. I was looking for more of an even handed overview. The bias was extreme. The first couple chapters were good but I couldn't finish the whole audio-book.

I think the title and description of the book misrepresented the subject. I thought I would be more of a survey of early economists and their ideas. But it turned out to be Mr Skousen glorifying some economists and savagely attacking those he disagreed with. Ok, I get it. You don't like Marx. Not as a writer, thinker, not as a person. And you look down on your students if they show interest in Marx. Ok, cool down. Be prepared for several chapters on this subject. It seemed a large part of the book is devoted to this. More than about Smith, perhaps.

I should have researched the author more. He is pretty far out there, friend of Rudy Giuliani. Recommended by the Ayn Rand Institute.

I am enjoying "Economics" from Timothy Taylor of the Great Courses on Audible.

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  • Cole Boyd
  • 01/07/2012

Skousen's Sells Action Economics

Where does The Making of Modern Economics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Again I have my homework to do. Yet Skousen does for Economics what Tesla did for Innovative Power. He is objective, well researched, and focused on what he wants the reader to do, not to judge the character of an Economist, but do their ideas work? From the beginning of the story, he introduces to great Economics, their habits, their idiosyncrasies. He does not give you Economics straight, but provides a chaser with antidotes, along with pertinent facts. He is far ahead of the game of his Academic Communities than he knows. He is on the verge, if not there, on the Mt. Everest of Greatness!

What other book might you compare The Making of Modern Economics to and why?

I like him, had a terrible Economics Professor in 101 Econ back in College. If the Professor, unlike Skousen's The Making of Modern Economics, could have made me majoring in Economics rather than Ancient and U.S. Histories.

What does William Hughes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hughes is fresh, lively, and sounds as if he never tires, he is a welcomed relief, and does what is supposed to, bring the text alive with crisp inflections.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Well, Skousen seems to use what I would like to call "Oral Histories" or "Action History" where you, and he, study together events, and the effects of theory making in the world of Economics. This book is a must read for anyone in Government, State, Local and at the Federal Reserve.

Any additional comments?

If you teach Economics at any level, think if Skousen could be described as an NBA player; He could be considered to be another Lebron James!

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  • wingke6
  • 04/02/2017

Great historical summary..but

Would you consider the audio edition of The Making of Modern Economics to be better than the print version?

No, because the audio version is missing the last chapter of the book. The audiobook abruptly ends before getting to the recent developments in economics, including the behaviorists among others. Very disappointing.

Any additional comments?

Please contact me when the last chapter is available!

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  • Mario
  • 20/09/2016

Slightly over saturated with biographical details but filled with plenty of gems

I'm no economist but this gave me a very enjoyable exploration into the history of economics. I think that anyone who wants to enter the discussion of capitalism vs socialism should read this. The ecosystem of economics it's one of the greatest unsung human achievement, but once one studies it's dainty features one comes to appreciate it's flawed beauty.

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  • Juan
  • 07/09/2015

Demasiado tendencioso pero excelente

Demasiado tendencioso pero excelente forma de explicar 200 años de la evolución de la economía

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  • Jared
  • 04/09/2012

An economics book with amazing personality.

Would you listen to The Making of Modern Economics again? Why?

Economics is sometimes referred to as "the dismal science". This is a book which gives lie to the charge. Skousen treats the history of economic thought with both style and substance, a rare combination most suitable to the simultaneously technical and biographical nature of this book. With astounding clarity and candor, The Making of Modern Economics tells the story of our steps and mis-steps on the road to economic understanding while describing the lives and personalities of the people at the forefront of economic thought with humanizing warmth. Skousen has shined a light on the foundations of the ivory tower of economics, introducing to us personally the great scholars and revoltionaries who built it- and revealing how some of the greatest among them were buried beneath it. Out of dozens, this may be the only economics book which I have read more than once cover-to-cover (perhaps I should say ear-to-ear), and will most likely return to again.

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  • Robert Patton
  • 23/04/2012

Poor performance ruins what may be an interesting

What didn’t you like about William Hughes’s performance?

The performer's voice is too soft, and too close to a monotone. To his credit, there were no flaws in his reading, but unfortunately his voice just isn't suited for it at all.

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this reading to anyone, I can't imagine how the other reviewers made it all the way through!

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  • Michael Simpson
  • 31/05/2012

Market fundamentalist bias throughout

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A non-biased presentation that doesn't try to demonize Keynes and glorify Friedman and the Austrian/Chicago school.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something by Keynes to wash the Market Fundamentalist crap out of my brain. Actually I have since listened to Paul Krugman's book "End This Depression Now" and I feel greatly cleansed.

How could the performance have been better?

Not be biased.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It put the great economists into a clear chronology for me and gave me a more personal understanding of their lives and thoughts.

Any additional comments?

If Skousen hadn't tried to make the case toward the end of the book, that an unfettered and unregulated free market will somehow produce a stable economy, and that there is such a thing as efficient markets and that there is no such a thing as involuntary unemployment, the book might have gotten a much higher vote from me. Keynes wasn't necessarily right about everything, but he was right about some very important things, and there are some much needed and much ignored Keynesian solutions to our present economic circumstance.

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  • Wayne
  • 02/12/2009

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a comprehensive account that is inherently long and at points lacks "punch"

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