Feb 102013

For those in Australia, you can pick up a free copy of Grand Pursuit: A Story of Economic Genius ($11.04 Kindle), by Sylvia Nasar, over at Kobo, courtesy of The Australian newspaper. Only those with an Australian address will be able to take advantage of the promo code below, but they can gift a copy to someone, if they don’t want the book themselves (limit one use per account, either to keep or give away).

Book Description
In a sweeping narrative, the author of the megabestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It’s the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate.

Nasar’s account begins with Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew observing and publishing the condition of the poor majority in mid-nineteenth-century London, the richest and most glittering place in the world. This was a new pursuit. She describes the often heroic efforts of Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshall, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and the American Irving Fisher to put those insights into action—with revolutionary consequences for the world.

From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keynes’s disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and India’s Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, she shows how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the world—from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire planet. In Nasar’s dramatic narrative of these discoverers we witness men and women responding to personal crises, world wars, revolutions, economic upheavals, and each other’s ideas to turn back Malthus and transform the dismal science into a triumph over mankind’s hitherto age-old destiny of misery and early death. This idea, unimaginable less than 200 years ago, is a story of trial and error, but ultimately transcendent, as it is rendered here in a stunning and moving narrative.

Get the free ebook from Kobo. First, check in your Profile and make sure CHECKOUT FOR EBOOK PURCHASES is set to Standard, so that you can enter promo codes. Then, click Buy Now on the book’s page, then click on Have a gift card or promo code? Use it here and apply the promo code SN11200 – make sure your total is $0.00 on the summary on the right before clicking on the final Buy Now button at the bottom of the page.

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