Author(s): James Buchan
Adam Smith was long ago adopted as the father of a neo-conservative economic ideology, not least by Thatcher and Reagan. More recently, New Labour has tried to kidnap him as an ancestor. In a vigorous and informal book, James Buchan shows that Smith fits no modern political category. As befits the most accessible of all philosophers, this biography does entirely without jargon.
Guardian - 'A succinct and perceptive portrait of a man whose legacy is much referred to but little understood.'
James Buchan is a leading novelist and historian. His philosophy of money, Frozen Desire (1997) won the Duff Cooper Award. His most recent work is a study of the circle of Adam Smith and David Hume in Enlightenment Edinburgh, Capital of the Mind (2003). He lives in Norwich.