On The Wealth of Nations
by P. J. O’Rourke

Glib commentary on Adam Smith. Best lines:
“Smith began studying Latin at ten. But I doubt he knew how to play “Kumbayah” on the recorder or to scold his mother for not recycling.” p. 179

“Smith knew David Hume, Edward Gibbon, Pitt the Younger, Sir Walter Scott, Voltaire, Rousseau, Edmund Burke, James Watt, Benjamin Franklin, and le Duc de La Rochefouvauld. It’s impossible today to imagine knowing a range of such people. There are no such people.” p. 174

“. . . what you get when you cross a Jehovah’s Witness with a Unitarian--somebody who goes door-to-door for no reason.” p. 144

Year Read: 2007


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