Nasar’s account begins with Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew observing and publishing the condition of the poor majority in mid 19th century London, the richest and most glittering place in the world. This was a new pursuit. She then describes the efforts of Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshall, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and 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 Friedman, and India’s Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen, she show how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the world – from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America and now the entire world. In Nasar’s dramatic account of these discoverers we witness men and women responding to personal crises, world wars, revolutions, economic upheavals, and each others’ 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 story, unimaginable less than 200 years ago, is a story of trial and error, and ultimately transcendent, rendered here in stunning narrative.
Reviews of Grand Pursuit: A Story of Economic Genius
- Praise for ‘A Beautiful Mind’‘Tells a moving story and offers a remarkable look into the arcane world of mathematics and the tragedy of madness’.The New York Times Book Review
- ‘Might be compared to a Rembrandt portrait, filled with somber shadows and radiant light effects…superbly written and eminently fascinating…simply a beautiful book.’ The Boston Globe