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Published: 23 September 2010

624 Pages | 20 halftones


ISBN: 9780199550036

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The Life of Adam Smith

Second Edition

Ian Simpson Ross

  • This remains the only full-scale biography of Adam Smith's life that also places his work in the context of his life and times
  • Builds on the success of the first edition which sold over 9,000 copies
  • Draws on correspondence, archival documents, the reports of contemporaries, and the record of Smith's publications
  • Lively and informed account will appeal to those interested in the social and intellectual milieu of the eighteenth century, and in Scottish history
  • Includes 20 halftone illustrations representing Smith and the world in which he lived

New to this Edition:

  • Provides an accurate and sympathetic account of Smith's life and personality
  • Charts more carefully the development of Smith's ideas and their expressions in his writings
  • Includes updated and revised material from new Smith sources
  • Responds to recent Smith biographical & interpetative scholarship
  • Includes views on the continuing use of Smith's name & ideas in relation to contemporary problems such as regulation of the market & the banking sector in the wake of the credit crunch, and the provision of international aid for developing countries, especially Africa.