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The Essential Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith

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Format: Paperback, 400pp.
ISBN: 9780618119639
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pub. Date: October 9, 2001

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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's new introductions place the works in their historical moment and make clear their enduring relevance for the new century. The Essential Galbraith will delight old admirers and introduce one of our most beloved writers to a new generation of readers. It is also an indispensable resource for scholars and students of economics, history, and politics, offering unparalleled access to the seminal writings of an extraordinary thinker.

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John Kenneth Galbraith (October 15, 1908–April 29, 2006) was the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard University and a past president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the distinguished author of thirty-one books spanning three decades, including The Affluent Society, The Good Society, and The Great Crash. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Oxford, the University of Paris, and Moscow University, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Order of Canada and received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2000, at a White House ceremony, he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Countervailing Power (from American Capitalism)1
The Concept of the Conventional Wisdom (from The Affluent Society)18
The Myth of Consumer Sovereignty (from The Affluent Society)31
The Case for Social Balance (from The Affluent Society)40
The Imperatives of Technology (from The New Industrial State)55
The Technostructure (from The New Industrial State) 66
The General Theory of Motivation (from The New Industrial State)79
Economics and the Quality of Life (from Economics, Peace and Laughter)90
The Proper Purpose of Economic Development (from Economics, Peace and Laughter)109
The Valid Image of the Modern Economy (from Annals of an Abiding Liberal)118
Power and the Useful Economist (from Annals of an Abiding Liberal)134
The Founding Faith: Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations (from Annals of an Abiding Liberal)153
The Massive Dissent of Karl Marx (from The Age of Uncertainty)169
Who Was Thorstein Veblen? (from Annals of an Abiding Liberal)200
The Mandarin Revolution (from The Age of Uncertainty)224
How Keynes Came to America (from Economics, Peace and Laughter)236
The Speculative Episode (from A Short History of Financial Euphoria)249
In Goldman, Sachs We Trust (from The Great Crash, 1929) 255
The Crash (from The Great Crash, 1929)275
Things Become More Serious (from The Great Crash, 1929)292
The Unfinished Business of the Century (Speech given at the London School of Economics, 1999)307

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