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Saving Adam Smith: A Tale of Wealth, Transformation, and Virtue by Jonathan B. Wight

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Chapter 8 Creating Wealth

We set off at dawn, the dew still damp on the lawn and a clear sky brightening overhead. Julia was there to snap a picture and wave goodbye, doing so until we rounded the corner and disappeared from sight. My loose itinerary was to visit a college roommate in Chicago, see a few historical sites in the Rockies, and arrive at the summer cabin in the Sierras by early August. Despite my misgivings about having a passenger along, the trip would go quicker with someone to share the monotony. Once in California, I'd deposit Harold with his sister and enjoy the solitude of Yosemite by myself. I thought of little more than adding distance from my empty home.

I'd chosen a circuitous route to see rugged terrain, less encroached ...

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