Remember the spectacular best-seller, A Beautiful Mind? Its author, Sylvia Nasar, has a new breakthrough book coming out, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius. The book's promotion includes this fascinating graphic-illustration video in which Sylvia recites the past 200 years of economic thinking in a breathless 4 minutes. Her new book is fascinating, blending the biographies of the major economic thinkers since the early 1800s with their big ideas using literary references as the backdrops. Am ambitious undertaking, which Sylvia, who reads more books than anyone I know, carries off brillliantly.
How do I know? This disclosure, which explains the unabashed bias in my reporting here: Sylvia was my college roommate and remains my very close friend. Pride aside, it's a really great book - and this video is wonderful: