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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 Americas most famous economists for good reason. From his acerbic analysis of Americas “private wealth and public squalor” to his denunciation of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, Galbraith consistently challenged “conventional wisdom” (a phrase he coined). He did so as a witty commentator on Americas political follies and as a versatile author of bestselling books—such as The Affluent Society and The New Industrial State—that warn of the dangers of deregulated markets, corporate greed, and inattention to the costs of our military power. Here, in the first full-length biography of Galbraith and his times, Richard Parker provides not only a nuanced portrait of this extraordinary man, but also an important reinterpretation of twentieth-century public policy and economic practices.

 

“Whatever you may think of his ideas, John Kenneth Galbraith has led an extraordinary life. . . . Doing justice to this life story requires an outsize biography, one that not only tells Mr. Galbraiths tale but sets it on the broader canvas of Americas political and economic evolution. And Richard Parkers book does just that.”—Economist

 

“Parkers book is more than a chronicle of Galbraiths life; its a history of American politics and policy from FDR through George W. Bush. . . . It will make readers more economically and politically aware.”—USA Today

 

 “The most readable and instructive biography of the century.”—William F. Buckley, National Review

      

“The story of this mans life and work is wonderfully rendered in this magnum opus, and offers an antidote to the public ennui, economic cruelty, and government malfeasance that poison life in America today.”—James Carroll, Boston Globe

Synopsis:

In the first full-length biography of Galbraith and his times, Parker provides not only a nuanced portrait of this extraordinary man, but also an important reinterpretation of 20th-century public policy and economic practices.

About the Author

Richard Parker is an Oxford-trained economist and senior fellow of the Shorenstein Center at Harvards John F. Kennedy School of Government. A cofounder of the magazine Mother Jones, he writes extensively on economics and public policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On First Coming to Cambridge

1. Growing Up in Special Places

2. Harvard in the 1930s

3. American Agriculture and the New Deal

4. Getting Ready for Keynes

5. Going to the Temple

6. Moving On—Toward War

7. Now Comes War

8. Luce, Keynes, and "The American Century"

9. Surveying the Consequences of War

10. A New War Beginning

11. Back to Harvard: New Economics and New Voices

12. Stevenson and the Liberals

13. The Affluent Society: Parting Company with the Mainstream

14. Kennedy, Sputnik, and "Liberal Growthmanship"

15. On the New Frontier

16. India

17. Tragedy, Triumph, Tragedy

18. The New Industrial State

19. Collisions

20. Galbraith and Nixon: Two Keynesian Presidents

21. The Price of Hypocrisy

22. The Great Unraveling

23. The Economics of Joy

24. Joy Fades

25. Century's End

Conclusion: The Galbraith Legacy

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226646770
Author:
Parker, Richard
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Economists
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Economists -- United States.
Subject:
Galbraith, John Kenneth
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
53 halftones
Pages:
862
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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