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John Kenneth Galbraith : his life, his politics, his economics

Author: Richard Parker
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"John Kenneth Galbraith is America's most famous economist for good reason. A witty commentator on America's political follies and a versatile author of bestselling books that warn prophetically of the dangers of deregulated markets, corporate greed, and inattention to the costs of our military power, Galbraith always makes economics relevant to the crises of the day. This first authorized biography is, in Richard  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Biographie (Descripteur de forme)
Named Person: John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith; Galbraith, John Kenneth <1908->
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Parker
ISBN: 0374281688 9780374281687
OCLC Number: 56103973
Description: x, 820 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: On first coming to Cambridge --
Growing up in special places --
Harvard in the 1930s --
American agriculture and the new deal --
Getting ready for Keynes --
Going to the temple --
Moving on--toward war --
Now comes war --
Luce, Keynes, and "The American century" --
Surveying the consequences of war --
A new war beginning --
Back to Harvard: new economics and new voices --
Stevenson and the liberals --
The affluent society: parting company with the mainstream --
Kennedy, Sputnik, and "liberal growthmanship" --
On the new frontier --
India --
Tragedy, triumph, tragedy --
The new industrial state --
Collisions --
Galbraith and Nixon: two Keynesian presidents --
The price of hypocrisy --
The great unraveling --
The economics of joy --
Joy fades --
Century's end --
The Galbraith legacy.
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"John Kenneth Galbraith is America's most famous economist for good reason. A witty commentator on America's political follies and a versatile author of bestselling books that warn prophetically of the dangers of deregulated markets, corporate greed, and inattention to the costs of our military power, Galbraith always makes economics relevant to the crises of the day. This first authorized biography is, in Richard Parker's hands, an important reinterpretation both of public policy and of how economics is practiced." "Born in 1908 and raised on a small Canadian farm, Galbraith began to teach at Harvard in his twenties. In 1938 he left to work in New Deal Washington, eventually rising to become FDR's "price czar" during the war. Following his years as a writer at Fortune, where he did much to introduce the work of John Maynard Keynes to a wide audience, he returned to Harvard in 1949 and began writing the books that would make him famous." "Over the years, Galbraith developed a distinctive way of "doing economics," and it made him a critic both of conservatives and of many liberal economists. From his acerbic analysis of the nation's "private wealth and public squalor" in the 1950s to his denunciations of the Vietnam War, Galbraith regularly challenged the "conventional wisdom" (a phrase he coined)."--Jacket.

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