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The Wealth of Nations
I skimmed this rather than reading it really carefully, and was mostly surprised by how little it matches up with the contemporary view of Smith's work. A lot of things that people say about this book nowadays are wildly inaccurate, and a lot of people who use Smith to support their economic arguments have not, I suspect, actually read him. Many of the ideas set out here seem obvious, but I suspect that is only because they have been so widely used since he first introduced them. It is difficult, after living in a world that is (at least partially) based on this work, to truly grasp how groundbreaking and influential it was at the time. Still, definitely worth a read, if only so that you can recognize the myriad misinterpretations of it that permeate our political discourse.
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