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John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics

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John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was one of America’s most famous economists for good reason. From his acerbic analysis of America’s “private wealth and public squalor” to his denunciation of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, Galbraithconsistently challenged “conventional wisdom” (a phrase he coined). He did so as a witty commentator on America’s political follies and as a v ...more
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Published August 1st 2006 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 2005)
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This biography of the deceased liberal Harvard economist and author explores Galbraith's life and thought. I especially liked how the author, also an economist, explored the relevance of Galbraith's economic views in light of more recent events, and his comparison of Galbraith's economics with more recent schools of economics, such as rational expectations. As Galbraith's informal trilogy of economic books was written between the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, there are many recent events and in

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Jun 19, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker is a trained economist, a senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a cofounder of the magazine Mother Jones. As such, he is a first rate scholar. Obviously the book follows Galbraith's life from the Canadian prairies in the 1920s to the present, he is 97. But it also covers all economic schools of thought and most economists of any stripe during the period.

Early in the 20th Century the study of economics was called, "Political Economy." Galbraith held various impo
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Geo Forman
Mar 15, 2012 Geo Forman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not an easy read. At times it seemed to drag with economic theories but, for the most part, it was a history book giving a new perspective to the great depression, WWII, the Cold War, JFK all the way up to and including the Clinton presidency. For someone who likes history and politics, this is a fascinating look from a different angle. Galbreaith sure got around and was successful due to hard work, an engaging personality and an attention-getting physical stature, 6'7" at a time when ...more
Michael
Jul 30, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
Good balance between his contributions as an economist as well as personal life. The author really tried to capture a detailed a portrait of Galbraith so that the reader can have a better insight into the influences behind his work as an economist. Although written for the general public, this book is quite dense with details at times. However, there is a nice narrative flow so it doesn't get bogged down.
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Dec 08, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Galbraith was one of John Kennedy's teachers and when John became president he took Galbraith and made him his speech writer.

Galbraith wrote ALL of Kennedy's speeches then Galbraith became ambassador to India.
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Oct 23, 2013 Geoffrey Kabaservice rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book in March 2005 for the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...
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Jul 08, 2011 W Orr rated it really liked it
Parker is almost as good a writer as Galbraith, and he knows his economics (or at least could fool me).

No deep or surprising secrets, but a life well-place in context.
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