'The Wealth of Nations' was one of the first books on economics to catch the public's attention. It provides a recipe for national prosperity that has not been bettered since, based on small government and the freedom of citizens to act in their best interests. It reassuringly assumes no knowledge of its subject, and over 200 years on still provides lessons on the fundamentals of economics. This deluxe, selected edition is a keepsake from the Capstone Classics series. This edition includes - An abridged selection of all 5 books for the contemporary reader; An original commentary offering new research and analysis by Tom Butler-Bowdon; A biography and chronology of Adam Smith's life and the events surrounding the original publication of the work.