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Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings, 1952-1967: American Capitalism / The Great Crash, 1929 / The Affluent Society / The New Industrial State Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; F First Edition edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530773
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Kenneth Galbraith was born in 1908 in Ontario, Canada. He earned a PhD at the University of California in 1934 and later took a fellowship at Cambridge, where he first encountered Keynesian economics. At different points in his life he taught at both Harvard and Princeton, and wrote more than forty books on an array of economic topics. During World War II he served as deputy head of the Office of Price Administration, charged with preventing inflation from crippling the war efforts, and also served as the US Ambassador to India during the Kennedy administration. He passed away in 2006.

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John Kenneth Galbraith who was born in 1908, is 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 lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Linkiewicz on November 20, 2010
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My paperback copies of Galbraith's works, dating back to my undergrad days, were getting somewhat tatty and frail. When I saw this volume of collected works in hardback, I couldn't resist. J.K. Galbraith is, arguably, the most influential American economist of the 20th. century and there is something about Galbraith's style that makes difficult subjects easy to read and digest. His drole humour and witty asides make for an entertaining and informative read in what other boring economists have slaved long and hard to turn into 'The Dismal Science". Galbraith does for economics what Bertrand Russell does for philosophy: make an arcane, dry and seemingly incomprehensible subject area easy to understand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Glenister on December 2, 2011
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This book from Amazon is something special. 1,000 pages free of Economists' jargon, thanks to the Galbraith writing style. He had the uncommon power to examine complex events and make sense of them, expressed with clarity.

We owe it to THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA who keeps in print editions of significant writing.
The Library has gathered together four major works of Professor John Kenneth Galbraith written between 1952 to 1967. The inference is that Galbraith had something important to say in the middle of the last century and his views are worth repeating.

It is hardly possible to read Galbraith's account of The Great Crash, 1929, without measuring against it, the events of the new Great Crash that began 1n 2008. Of course the crashes were not identical but some commonalities are difficult to ignore. There is little comfort in the similarities but his account of 1929 alerts us to the inadequacy and inaccuracies bandied about so freely by political and business leaders.

It needs to be acknowledged that the current Financial Crisis is Global, so much more so than in 1929. And the present 2011 Crisis has been exaggerated by newer Institutions such as the European Union. However there still remains much in common with 1929.

Firstly, Galbraith draws attention to what he calls Incantation. Then, as now, political and business leaders ritually recite words and phrases designed to be of comfort of exhibit great wisdom. In fact the incantations are used as magic spells to calm the worried listeners, when in fact in most cases the causes of our concerns remain unchanged and unchallenged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Moneta on December 2, 2012
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Although Mr Galbraith's writings may seem passé, his deep insight and experience, especially in the postwar years up to the seventies make them particularly up to date now, when extreme market deregulation has resulted in another crisis, comparable to 1929 and the following years. A required reading .for scholars and non scholars with an interest in current affairs
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This collection is written for the ages -- printed for the young.

Some of these works are hard to find in print individually so it's great to be able to get them at all. This collection saves space and weight by using what one might call bible-page print. So get some nice magnifier glasses before sitting down with this tome.
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