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Milton Friedman: A Biography

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Born the son of immigrant parents, Milton Friedman went on tobecome a major figure during the resurgence of American conservatism.As an adviser to the Reagan administration and a widely read columnist, he played a vital role in shaping government policy and public opinion while he made headlines for his controversial views.
Drawing on the author's unprecedented access to pe
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Jul 05, 2010 Converse rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, economics
A good short biography, covering the life, academic and popular works, and political influence of the liberterian economist. I came away with the belief that Friedman's views were in part a result of his judgement that economic equality was not important.
Apr 10, 2008 Kellypeters rated it really liked it
serves as a mostly chronological compendium of friedman's oeuvre. also provides a nice cross-over between biographical and epistemological - you get the stories of milton's childhood to an account of how his economic theories/methodologies developed.
Nov 20, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
Shoddy editing and an uninspired writing style kept this from being a four star introductory biography of one of the greatest economists of twentieth century.
Sep 02, 2015 Vance rated it really liked it
Milton Friedman changed the way many view the world, including me. This book takes an in-depth look into his life, challenges he faces, his theoretical successes, his contributions to the Chicago School, his desire to reduce the scope of government in education through school vouchers, and much more. There are many lessons, both good and bad, from this Nobel prize winner. His search for empirical answers to important questions is forever embedded in economics for the better. We need the next Fri ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone who wants to obtain an introduction to economics. This is a biography and also an introduction to the life and accomplishments of Milton Friedman. The book covers Mr. Friedman’s life and accomplishments and also provides the reader with many recommendations for additional reading and research. The book also provides a very clear description of the Keynesianism economic theory of big government control of the economy and Friedman’s capitalism and free private proper ...more
Linda Lee
Jul 31, 2012 Linda Lee rated it it was amazing
herald as one of the leading economist of the 20th century, often holding views that were unpopular at the time which today are considered truisms.

friedman lead a revolution in economic thought (challenging established keynesian economics) known as the "chicago school", characterized by a rigorous belief in the efficacy of the free market, skepticism of government intervention and the study of economic theory as a tool for analyzing concrete problems through empirical testing (as opposed to an
Martin Bode
Mar 15, 2015 Martin Bode rated it really liked it
Accessible to those without an economics background, but it is still at least half about the history of Friedman's ideas and theories, and that means quite a bit of economics vocabulary. I already know Friedman's work, so the personal biography was of more interest to me. It is well written, and does a nice job of presenting both sides of the debates he had with other academics and politicians.
Feb 21, 2012 Ana rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
This book is an acceptable introduction for anyone trying to get their feet wet in Milton Friedman's body of work. Also, there are some interesting facts about Friedman's personal and family life that perhaps are not published elsewhere.

The research is good if you are interested in the people who influenced Friedman's thinking early in his career, and the context to each of his books.

The book, however, is not specially well written/edited. The funny, witty personality of Milton Friedman hardly s
Jan 23, 2014 Nick rated it liked it
Must have a background in economics to understand this book. In my opinion it could have been a lot better. The book was all over the place and it didn't describe to much of what I wanted to know about Milton.
Dec 29, 2007 Justus rated it liked it
At less than 250 pages, this is a pretty good overview about Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize winning economist. Like many biographies, it contained a fair amount of references to other people Dr. Friedman met and/or collaborated with during his career. If you're looking for details on Dr. Friedman's approach to economics, you'd be better off reading one of his other works such as "Capitalism & Freedom". However, if you want to know more about the Man, this is a good place to start.
Tonći Tomić
May 21, 2016 Tonći Tomić rated it liked it
Friedman je zaslužio bolju biografiju.
Graham Mulligan
Feb 07, 2012 Graham Mulligan rated it did not like it
I don't actually agree with Friedman's economics but I wanted to know more about him as a person so I read this book. He seems like he would have been a very interesting man to know. This is not an official biography so it doesn't really go into depth in either his life or his ideas.
Mike W
Sep 06, 2011 Mike W rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, economics
This is quite a good biography of Milton Friedman, the greatest economist at least since JM Keynes. It starts a little slowly--Friedman's childhood was happy and uneventful. But it soon picks up as it gets to his phenomenal career as an academic and public intellectual.

Dec 23, 2008 Cathy rated it did not like it
I am a fan of Milton Friedman....I am not a fan however, of the Biographer Lanny Ebenstein. Felt the book was disjointed in many places. Will be looking for another biography on Friedman to read.
Mar 14, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was ok
Not a bad read if you're into Economics.
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Alan Oliver (Lanny) Ebenstein is an American political scientist, educator and author, known from his biographical works on Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey to William Ebenstein (1910-1976), who was also an educator and author, and Ruth Ebenstein. He obtained his BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982, and his phD at the London School of Economic
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