The "invisible heart" of the marketplace

I just finished reading a great book that may be of interest to those of us who have engaged in discussions of capitalism and morality. It’s The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance. The author is Russell Roberts, an economist who teaches at George Mason University.

amazon.com/Invisible-Heart-Economic-Romance/dp/0262681358/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254055833&sr=1-1

The book is set up as a novel telling the story of two young private-school teachers, an economist (male) and an English teacher (female). In the process of getting to know each other, they engage in a series of spirited dialogues in which the economist defends his pro-capitalism views against the counterarguments of the English teacher.

I thought it was very well done, given Prof. Roberts’s goal of getting the reader to think about capitalism in a different way. It moves along briskly, and I even became emotionally involved with the plot and characters.
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George Mason University is the “intellectual home” of Walter Williams.

economics.gmu.edu/wew/

Here is Russell Robert’s Web page:

economics.gmu.edu/faculty/rroberts.html

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