Over the weekend, I was browsing in the Huntington Book Revue. I stumbled across a book that Michael Lewis had edited, called The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics.
The idea is simple: these (I count five) classics of economic literature all gathered in one place. One minor quibble is that I am not sure I understand what the 6th classic is.
The big five here are:
1776: The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
1798: An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
1817: Principles of Political Economy and Taxation by David Ricardo
1899: The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions by Thorstein Veblen
1936: The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes
The Wealth of Nations is about half of the 1,472 pages here. My Amazon favorite review: "At the very least you will have a really big book on your shelf to impress your friends."