Reviews

  • In this splendid book, Jesse Norman 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. If we want to be well governed, we need to be governed by people who have the capacity not merely to act but also to think - and Jesse Norman, as this book amply demonstrates, is one of those people.

    Oliver Letwin, Telegraph
  • A wonderfully clear account of the life and thought of Adam Smith.

    Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • The book is lucid, comprehensive and sympathetic. He defends Smith from his detractors, and even more importantly, rescues him from his most zealous, and therefore mistaken, admirers.

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • As Norman shows, almost everything we think about Smith is wrong - or, at least, that we only ever dip into a corner of his immense intellect, the product of that most exciting age of British creativity, the mid to late 18th century. The fascination of this book is that his world view is suddenly shown in all its dimensions and colours.

    Julian Glover, Evening Standard
  • This book is well-written, well-argued and intensely thought-provoking, and it will rightly raise Smith's posthumous reputation. I hope some of the author's parliamentary colleagues
    summon up the moral and intellectual strength to read it.

    Simon Heffer, Spectator