Adam Smith has rightly been called the father of free-market economics. The great statesman Edmund Burke said that The Wealth of Nations may have been the most important book ever written. The philosopher David Hume was also lavish in his praise for the work. Modern economist Todd G. Buchholz has added this assessment: “But is it a good book? Not only is it a good book, it is a great one. With the hubris that goaded Gods into striking down Greek tragic heroes, Adam Smith stared confidently at the world and delivered nine hundred pages of analysis, prophecy, fact, and fable–most of it clear, charming, and aimed at helping the reader to understand his great book.”
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