Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
By E. F. Schumacher

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“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom.” —Newsweek


One the 100 most influential books published since World War II

The Times Literary Supplement


Hailed as an “eco-bible” by Time magazine, E.F. Schumacher’s riveting, richly researched statement on sustainability has become more relevant and vital with each year since its initial groundbreaking publication during the 1973 energy crisis. A landmark statement against “bigger is better” industrialism, Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful paved the way for twenty-first century books on environmentalism and economics, like Jeffrey Sachs’s The End of Poverty, Paul Hawken’s Natural Capitalism, Mohammad Yunis’s Banker to the Poor, and Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy. This timely reissue offers a crucial message for the modern world struggling to balance economic growth with the human costs of globalization.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #16942 in Books
  • Brand: E F Schumacher
  • Published on: 2010-10-19
  • Released on: 2010-10-19
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.00" h x .79" w x 5.31" l, .60 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 352 pages


  • Small Is Beautiful Economics as if People Mattered

Editorial Reviews

“Embracing what Schumacher stood for--above all the idea of sensible scale--is the task for our time. Small is Beautiful could not be more relevant. It was first published in 1973, but it was written for our time.” (Bill McKibben, from the Foreword)

“An eco-bible” (Time magazine)

Small Is Beautiful changed the way many people think about bigness and its human costs.” (New York Times)

“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom. . . . Schumacher believes economists need a new set of values, to obtain maximum well-being with minimum consumption.” (Newsweek)

From the Back Cover

Small Is Beautiful is Oxford-trained economist E. F. Schumacher’s classic call for the end of excessive consumption. Schumacher inspired such movements as “Buy Locally” and “Fair Trade,” while voicing strong opposition to “casino capitalism” and wasteful corporate behemoths. Named one of the Times Literary Supplement’s 100 Most Influential Books Since World War II, Small Is Beautiful presents eminently logical arguments for building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations.

About the Author

Born in Germany, Dr. E. F. Schumacher (1911–1977) fled to England after the rise of Nazism and, with the help of John Maynard Keynes, taught economics at Oxford University. He is the author of Small Is Beautiful, the book that "changed the way many people think about bigness and its human cost" (New York Times).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Essential reading for those who seek better ways how to do business
By Martin
I like the idea that our world shouldn't be just about profit-making without any consideration about the product produced. Book looks deeply into subject of what is wrong with our current systems and shows a way how to do things better, in a more human way.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By SHironaka
The overall message is really impressive, considering that the book was written almost fifty years ago. Every college student, regardless of his or her major, should read it. It is a pity that there so many printing errors in the book, showing a careless work by the editors.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Is this the definitive book on Economics...maybe
By @insurancebillvj
EXCELLENT. If this book was presented to me when I was studying economics I may have actually studied economics. There were times when I wondered if he had a crystal ball. There were other times where I laughed out loud. Reading it in 2015, reflecting on 2014 dozens of ideas and concepts are now or have been actualized since his writing. There is something wonderfully refreshing to read a theoretical book that then becomes actualized.

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