Thursday, August 30, 2007

Roll UP. Get Your Wealth Of Nations Soon

Greg Mankew, author the major market sellers on macro and micro economics for the basic economics course at Harvard, points to what he calls a 'big surpise' that the Communist Manifesto is higher up the Amazon 100 best sellers in economics than Adam Smith's Wealth Of Nations.

I am not sure what this means but I am pleased to note that Andrew Skinner's edition of the Wealth Of Nations, including his excellent introductions to volume 1 and 2, are the best selling versions on Amazon: Volume 1 is at 56th and volume 2 is at 89th respectively.

Andrew Skinner was one of the leading editors of the incomparable Oxford Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, which remains not only the scholar's edition, par excellence, though I have a penchant for Edwin Canaan's 1937 edition too, but also amazingly good value in the Liberty Fund edition (a photo-exact replica of the Oxford edition).

You can order either or both on Amazon.


Blogger Ken Houghton said...

Means virtually nothing other than: (1) school is in session (look at all the textbooks above it) and (2) WoN isn't assigned in as many PoliSci classes as TCM.

5:35 pm  
Blogger Gavin Kennedy said...

Good point Ken. Missed it as schools went back in Scotland three weeks ago and in England two weeks ago. US must have different shool holidays. France goes back next week.
Scottish universities had not gone back yet (last week when I left for France). French universities go back in October.

Still a useful hook for mentioning WoN to our sophisticated readers. But thanks for the reality check.

6:41 am  

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