Roger Backhouse's book The Ordinary Business of Life is a comprehensive history of economic thought, from the ancient Greeks to the present day. It will be useful both to specialist economists and to people with a smattering of economic ideas who want to fill in the historical gaps. Backhouse's book provides much of the material for anyone brave enough to tackle the big issues.
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41(1): 202-206.DOI: 10.1257/002205103321544738