"When it comes to economics and economic theory, a few thinkers dominate the landscape. Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, and a handful of others have shaped the world of economics and influenced our lives. These 10 lectures acquaint you with the thoughts, theories, and lives of these great economists. You'll grasp the guiding principles of economics through a better understanding of the economists who developed them. In this broad span of time since these thinkers first presented their ideas, economic issues and concerns have changed greatly - but core economic doctrine remains. These lectures provide a fresh take on how various economic theories were formed and how subsequent economists fine-tuned those theories. They show that there are valuable lessons to be learned from history's great economists, whether their theories have held up over time, required revision, or been discredited in practice. And as Professor Taylor leads you through those theories, you'll come away with insight about why some current disputes over economic policy have been continual sources of argument over the last several centuries. By providing a glimpse into the minds of the geniuses who laid the foundations of modern economics, Professor Taylor offers new ideas and perspectives to enhance your understanding of the subject. More than dull numbers and graphs, this series focuses on personalities and brings economics to life."
by Timothy Taylor
by Timothy Spurgin
by Luke Timothy Johnson
"Starting with the sixteenth century, Professor Taylor introduces the principles of economic theories through the lives of the great economists. Using the abundant examples suggested by the great minds he cites, listeners can capture challenging concepts such as mercantilism, free trade, and supply and demand. As a lecturer, he speaks frenetically, racing through his material at the risk of leaving slow learners behind. Taylor's rapid-fire and near-soprano voice could be distracting to some listeners, or cause them to miss important points in what seems to be an unnecessary rush to include as many facts as possible in the appointed time. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
Sign up for our email newsletter