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Adam Smith's America by Glory M. Liu
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Adam Smith's America

How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism

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Narrator Kate Udall
Length 12 hours 9 minutes
Language English
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Originally published in 1776, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations was lauded by America's founders as a landmark work of Enlightenment thinking. Glory Liu traces how generations of Americans have read, reinterpreted, and weaponized Smith's ideas, revealing how his popular image as a champion of American-style capitalism and free markets is a historical invention.

Liu tells the story of how an unassuming Scottish philosopher captured the American imagination and played a leading role in shaping American economic and political ideas. She shows how Smith became known as the father of political economy in the nineteenth century and was firmly associated with free trade, and how, in the aftermath of the Great Depression, the Chicago School of Economics transformed him into the preeminent theorist of self-interest and the miracle of free markets. Liu explores how a new generation of political theorists and public intellectuals has sought to recover Smith's original intentions and restore his reputation as a moral philosopher.

Charting the enduring fascination that this humble philosopher from Scotland has held for American readers over more than two centuries, Adam Smith's America shows how Smith continues to be a vehicle for articulating perennial moral and political anxieties about modern capitalism.

Glory M. Liu is a college fellow in social studies at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in publications such as Modern Intellectual History, the Washington Post, and Aeon.

Kate Udall's evocative narrative style has earned her two AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie nomination. She has recorded over 142 audiobooks for Harper, Doubleday, Tantor, Macmillan, Brilliance, and Audible. Kate has been recognized by ACX as an Approved Producer for her high level of audiobook production. Kate brings a rich sensitivity and intelligence to her performances. Her vibrant work has appeared on stage, television, and film. She is part of the Marvel Universe, playing FBI honcho Hattley in Netflix's Daredevil. She has been a park ranger in Arizona, a college professor in West Virginia, a chef in Oregon, a whitewater kayak guide in California, and a paralegal in Manhattan. As an explorer of the wild world, she has hiked and kayaked in Nepal, Italy, Spain, France, Corsica, Chile, and beyond.

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