Grand Pursuit The Story of Economic Genius

ISBN-10: 0684872994

ISBN-13: 9780684872995

Edition: 2011

Authors: Sylvia Nasar

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An instant New York Times bestseller, in a sweeping narrative the author of the esteemed A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. Grand Pursuit is the epic story of the making of modern economics, of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands.“Full of flesh, bloom, and warmth….Grand Pursuit deserves a place not only in every economist’s study but also on every serious reader’s bedside table.” —The Economist“Like Lords of Finance, Grand Pursuit is narrative history at its finest.” —“A worthy successor to Robert Heilbroner’s The Worldly Philosophers….Nasar’s aim is to put the reader into the lives of the characters of a sweeping historical drama that extends from Victorian England to modern-day India.” —The Washington Post“Capacious and absorbing.” —The New Yorker“Nasar brilliantly brings to life game-changing economists from Marx to Hayek and from Sidney Webb to Milton Friedman, tracing the evolution of modern economic thinking through the richly detailed stories of the men and woman who reshaped how we think of life’s possibilities.” —The Boston Globe
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 7/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Sylvia Nasar is an economic correspondent for the New York Times. She was born in Germany and earned her master's degree in Economics from NYU in 1976. She is an economist and author who is best known for her nonfiction book, A Beautiful Mind. The book is a biography of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. Nasar's book details Nash's rise, decline into mental illness, recovery, and winning of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Preface: The Nine Parts of Mankind
Prologue: Mr. Sentiment Versus Scrooge
Perfectly New: Engels and Marx in the Age of Miracles
Must There Be a Proletariat? Marshall's Patron Saint
Miss Potter's Profession: Webb and the Housekeeping State
Cross of Gold: Fisher and the Money Illusion
Creative Destruction: Schumpeter and Economic Evolution
Prologue: War of the Worlds
The Last Days of Mankind: Schumpeter in Vienna
Europe Is Dying: Keynes at Versailles
The Joyless Street: Schumpeter and Hayek in Vienna
Immaterial Devices of the Mind: Keynes and Fisher in the 1920s
Magneto Trouble: Keynes and Fisher in the Great Depression
Experiments: Webb and Robinson in the 1930s
The Economists' War: Keynes and Friedman at the Treasury
Exile: Schumpeter and Hayek in World War II
Prologue: Nothing to Fear
Past and Future: Keynes at Bretton Woods
The Road from Serfdom: Hayek and the German Miracle
Instruments of Mastery: Samuelson Goes to Washington
Grand Illusion: Robinson in Moscow and Beijing
Tryst with Destiny: Sen in Calcutta and Cambridge
Epilogue: Imagining the Future
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