Adam Smith’s 1776 classic is still widely read for good reason. If you want to understand the early theories related to the basic mechanics of economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations is the most direct route. The editor’s note included in one version of this historic work explains well why this book is still recommended by so many economists, entrepreneurs, and historians. Editor J.S. Nicholson wrote, “the student should not forget that there is often more to be learned from the mode of attacking a subject of a great writer than from the mere acquirement of the more correct result due to the critical labours of a succession of minds of ordinary capacity.” Description from Investopedia.com.
Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations, An