What should we expect of a 13th edition of a textbook? I would hope for something like Heilbroner and Milberg’s The Making of the Economic Society.
The text is an excellent brief introduction to economic history (and systems). It is concise and a pleasure to read. The Making of the Economic Society can also serve as an introduction to economic thinking and as such is a great complement to any text for a principles course.
Beginning with chapter 5 the book becomes more (too) US-centric. I would love to see a european edition. Nevertheless, the text is pleasantly balanced. Capitalism in Europe has its own chapter, and the discussion of socialism and globalisation necessitate a more broader view.