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  • Series: Essays in Public Policy (Book 39)
  • Paperback: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press; 1st Edition edition (February 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817954422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817954420
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science, was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1977 to 2006. He passed away on Nov. 16, 2006. He was also the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1946 to 1976, and a member of the research staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1937 to 1981.

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Milton Friedman is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Paul Snowden Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago. In 1976 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. He has written a number of books, including two with his wife, Rose D. Friedman---the bestselling Free to Choose and Two Lucky People: Memoirs, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Excellent thought provoking book.
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In good shape We sure need someone like him back in office to help our country.
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This essay should be required reading for every high school student!
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Denis Benchimol Minev on August 13, 2004
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In this very short piece, Friedman tries to make a brief argument on why government is in fact the main obstacle to development. Given the very limited space (18 pages), it is impossible to make a very strong argument on such a broad topic. Friedman makes some good points, but most of them do not provide supporting evidence, so it leaves a hesitant reader unconvinced. It seems to me that this book is sufficient for good argument over cocktail conversation.

For a more thorough analysis of the same arguments presented in this short book, I would recommend either Capital and Freedom or Free to Choose by Friedman as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mh on December 14, 2013
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Milton Friedman is the Einstein of Economics. Recommend this for everyone...especially people who believe that big government is the solution. For those of us who know...well this is eloquent reinforcement!!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donna Nowland on August 10, 2013
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If I believed in mandates, this would be required reading in all high schools and colleges, as well as a prerequisite to voter registrations. Americans have lost their way and the content of this book would help them find their way back. Milton Friedman is right-on!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By g. miner on September 16, 2013
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Milton Friedman's writings are so clear and enjoyable. Sums up the problem nicely. Hope many people read this and soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howard on July 29, 2013
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Many of the issues of the national economy are the same twenty years later.
What will it take to find the political will to solve? Detroit?
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Neal on May 21, 2011
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I enjoyed reading the piece. However, I already largely agree with Friedman. If I didn't, nothing in it would have changed my mind. This essay would make a great foreward for a real book on the topic. However, unless you're looking for a soundbite quality summary, I wouldn't spend money on this. I got mine in one of the 4 for 3 book deals, but still wasted my free book on this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By b52john on December 30, 2012
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Milton's renderings are always clear and concise. I never stop enjoying reading his opionions. I would wish that more of those who determine policy would take his writings to heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Capt Phil on August 25, 2013
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Lots of quotable quotes, starting with, “Why is it that able, public-spirited people produce such different results according to whether they operate in the political or the economic market? Why is it that if a random sample of the people who read this essay (were to replace) those who are in Washington, our policies would very likely not be improved?"

And, "Urban renewal and public housing programs have, together, destroyed far more housing units than they have built and let many public housing units become breeding grounds for crime and viciousness."
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