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The Essential Galbraith

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THE ESSENTIAL GALBRAITH includes key selections from the most important works of John Kenneth Galbraith, one of the most distinguished writers of our time - from THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY, the groundbreaking book in which he conined the tern "conventional wisdom," to THE GREAT CRASH, an unsurpassed account of the events that triggered America's worst economic crisis. Galbraith’ ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
For some reason I immediately gave this one five stars. Clear and engaging writing on economics. In particular, one chapter gives a really useful explanation of Keynesian economics and how U.S. conservatives eventually came around in order to build weapons and keep the economy going.

Exerpts from several of his books. Galbraith takes this tone where you can tell he loves economics. It's sort of charming.
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
If I were an economist, I'm sure I would give this book a higher rating. For me reading economics is like getting my teeth cleaned--good for me, but not so fun. The book is a compilation of "excerpts" from previous works and lectures. It is a good introduction to Galbraith's general ideas. I don't have the vocabulary to understand it all, but I was able to glean some of the theory, politics, and other influences on economic events in our history, and directions we have taken. It is comforting to ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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An excellent survey of Galbraith's work, including an overview of Keynesian economics which is regaining attention. Also, the excerpts from The Great Crash really do bring home how some economic cycles seem not to change at all. The wit with which some of his ideas are shared is also quite useful.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Requires pre-requisite knowledge of basic principles of economics but overall, in my opinion this should be a required reading instead of Mankiw's Principles of Economics. Note for myself - to r-read it in the future.
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Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
subjects are diverse, but most are well presented and argued, and the book is hilarious.
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John Kenneth Galbraith was a Canadian-American economist. He was a Keynesian and an institutionalist, a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism and democratic socialism. His books on economic topics were bestsellers in the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, he produced four dozen books & over a 1000 articles on many subjects. Among his most famous works was his economics trilogy ...more