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The Making of Economic Society

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For thirty-five years "The Making of Economic Society" has taught us how to fit the times in which we have been living into the drama of its title. No easy assurances or baleful prophecies emerge from this classic text. What the reader gains is an understanding of the possibilities, good and bad, for the making of economic society in the years ahead.
Paperback, 10th, 272 pages
Published August 28th 1997 by Prentice Hall College Division (first published 1962)
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Mar 03, 2017 Walter rated it really liked it
This little book is an excellent introduction to Economics by Robert Heilbroner, one of the best economic historians of the middle of the 20th Century. In it, Heilbroner writes about the history of Western society from the vantage point of economics, and by doing so he introduces the reader to the major principles of economic theory. Heilbroner starts with the ancient world and discusses economic history in a way that is eminently readable and enjoyable. He avoids the vices of most modern histor ...more
Ahmed Hassan
Aug 04, 2013 Ahmed Hassan rated it really liked it
An excellent book from an educational point of view!

The writer was able to demonstrate the evolution of the economic behavior of different societies according to their environmental conditions as well as the humanitarian input of society individuals (inventions, theories, philosophies, religion ...etc.)

The book was also able to introduce some basic thoughts of political economy and an evaluation of different economic theories and an analysis of the application in society.

The book had two main di
May 02, 2015 Sahar rated it it was amazing
در شگفت نیستم از اینکه دانش نسل ما از شکلگیری اقتصادی دنیا اینقدر اندک است. اگر می خواهید که نظری اجمالی داشته باشید بر این سفربشر خواندن این کتاب به شدت توصیه می شود. از گذشته های دور شروع می کند و بعد دوران فئودالیسم و بعد انقلاب صنعتی و گریت دپرشن و بعد جنگ جهانی دوم و بعد به دوران طلایی کپیتالیسم و دوران افول سال ۲۰۰۸ می رسد. ریشه ها و یادگرفتنی ها را به خوبی بیان می کند و نگاهی کوتاه به اقتصاد در سایه سوسیالیسم در چین و شوروی دارد و درنهایت این نکته را بررسی می کند که چرا یک کشور بعد از است ...more
Matias Fernandez
Jan 28, 2014 Matias Fernandez rated it it was amazing
MOES serves as a gateway to economic thinking. It's short, easy-to-read, and brilliant, simply brilliant. Many critics suggest that the book is not as in depth as it should be, but that's the whole point. It implants a template of questions in the reader's mind (some attached with very general answers), and allows the reader to search for the truth on his own.

I strongly suggest you read this book before diving into any other book in the broad field of Economics.
Alan   Mauldin
Feb 11, 2015 Alan Mauldin rated it really liked it
I'd give this 4.5. It's a quick, but not necessarily easy (at least for an English-lit major who had one economics class in college that I was mostly stoned out of my gourd during), read that takes us from hunter-gather economies through serfdom, the beginnings of the market economy, the industrial revolution/s up to the present problem of growing wealth inequality that is both evident within individual countries and the world as a whole.
Giacomo Casanova
Dec 22, 2012 Giacomo Casanova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply amazing from an education point of view. I gave it four stars just because there are parts of the book where the writing gets pretty dry. Overall, this is an amazing compendium of the economics history of the capitalist world. This is a great primer for anyone who is interested in later reading those historical works that are comprised of volumes and volumes.
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Ian Colby
Sep 27, 2015 Ian Colby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll eventually re-read the book. I remember it being very important not only to my idea of economics, but to my idea of the world. Probably the most important book I read as an undergraduate.
Nov 09, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
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Wonderful introduction to economics and economic history from one of my favorite minds on this subject. Heilbroner maintains a broad world view, accute insights, and a humanisitic perspective.
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Apr 23, 2014 Waseem Naser rated it really liked it
A brilliant book for beginners in the foundations of Economics.
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Robert L. Heilbroner (March 24, 1919 – January 4, 2005) was an American economist and historian of economic thought. The author of some twenty books, Heilbroner was best known for The Worldly Philosophers, a survey of the lives and contributions of famous economists, notably Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes.

Written in 1953, The Worldly Philosophers has sold nearly four million copies
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