Debreu’s Theory of Value

Famously, the economist Gerard Debreu was close to the Bourbaki circle of mathematicians. This gives his book-length treatment of general equilibrium, Theory of Value, the reputation of being economics the way Bourbaki would write it.

I’ve been looking over Theory of Value, and while it is very abstract for an economics book, but anyone who thinks that the book could have been written by Bourbaki has never had the pleasure of the real thing. Debreu’s book has picture and everything. I would put it at the same abstraction level as Herstein’s Topic in Algebra.