"For the same reason, I also choose Larry White’s The Clash of Economic Ideas. (P.S. There’s an EconTalk for that!) This book also offers a terrific history of economic thought, this time in the guise of “the great policy debates of the last hundred years.” White takes a pro- con- approach that I’ve always found effective with students, as well as ideologically disarming. The weakness of this relative to Heilbroner is of course the truncated timeline (the first chapter, “The Turn Away from Laissez-Faire,” starts with Keynes at the dawn of the First World War). White’s history, however, contains much more detail, and also rests on the presumption of liberty, which for me is naturally appealing."