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Often considered the patron saint of free market capitalism for publishing The Wealth of Nations in 1776, Scottish philosopher Adam Smith wrote an earlier book that few economists have ever heard of. Russ Roberts certainly hadn't—but when he finally picked up The Theory of Moral Sentiments, he realized he'd stumbled upon what might be the greatest self-help book that almost no one has read. What does it take to be truly happy? Should we pursue fame and fortune or the respect of our friends and family? How can we make the world a better place? As Roberts explains, Smith's insights into human nature address just such questions, and are as relevant today as they were three centuries ago.
"A great book. Makes you feel better about life, humanity, and yourself. Like having a conversation and a scotch with Adam Smith, or even better, Russ Roberts."—Nassim Taleb
"Roberts skillfully blends modern examples with Smith's original."—Financial Times (London)