Such a book with its avant garde premise of the need for freedom in the economy by way of a laissez-faire policy espoused the government was revolutionary during its writing. Its frequent use of the word "freedom" and references to the contemporaries of the time, such as John Hume, John Locke, Montesquieu, and others shows something that is foreign in our eyes: The necessity to allow markets to self-correct without foreign interference. The book states many classical ideas about labor and gold that are still valid today. The problem with the book is that it is too professorial. Mr. Smith belabors simple points into endless pages. Much of it would be considered fundamental economics today. From a historical perspective, the book offers insight into an English man's view under monarchy. As with all economics classics, such a book is for an economist, and not a trader. Read it for pleasure, not utility.