Adam Smith and the Quackish Arts

Russ Roberts reveals the surprising modernity of Adam Smith's suggestions for living a good life.

Gone but not forgotten.

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I approached "How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life" -- a new book by Russ Roberts -- a little gloomily. It presents itself as an introduction to Adam Smith's lesser-known masterpiece, "The Theory of Moral Sentiments," in the guise of a self-help book for the morally perplexed. Oh dear. I didn’t like the sound of that.

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