• This splendid book not only presents an excellent introduction to the life and ideas of Adam Smith, but also explains why - and how - Smith's insights can help us solve some of the most difficult social and economic problems of the contemporary world. Smith loved lucidity and relevance, and I think he would have been very happy with Norman's book.

    Amartya Sen
  • Masterly ... amid the superficiality and hysterics of modern British politics, an admirably thoughtful brain is lurking

    Edward Lucas, The Times
  • An important work of revisionist biography with a direct and important impact on the intellectual underpinnings of liberal free-market thought

    Oliver Letwin, Telegraph
  • Superb ... Norman succeeds in demonstrating the coherence and subtlety of Adam Smith's thought

    Martin Wolf, Financial Times (Books of the Year)
  • A remarkable and intensely readable book ... a rejoinder to those who fear that the intellectual has disappeared from politics

    John Kay, Financial Times
  • This book is well-written, well-argued and intensely thought-provoking, and it will rightly raise Smith's posthumous reputation

    Simon Heffer, Spectator