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"[Bean] has a love/hate relationship with the SBA, and this tension is visible throughout his meticulously researched monograph."―Business History
"Claims that the SBA did not help truly disadvantaged businesses but its affirmative action programmes benefited politicians in both parties who used it for their own gains."―International Review of Administrative Sciences
"His careful analysis, his all-encompassing bibliography, and his inclusive endnotes make this the definitive monograph."―Journal of American History
"The first full-length academic assessment of the agency. At once a powerful argument for killing off the agency and a shrewd analysis for the political impulses that make its termination nearly impossible."―Wall Street Journal