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The new face of the GBP20 te, Adam Smith was long ago adopted as the father of a neo-conservative ecomic ideology, t 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 modern political category. As befits the most accessible of all philosophers, this biography does entirely without jargon.
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.