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Parker shows how Galbraith's irreverent views were shaped by the Depression, which helped turn him into a passionate advocate of Keynesian economics, the philosophy that inspired FDR's New Deal. Galbraith later became one of the architects of the expansion of federal social services after World War II. Because of his influence in successive administrations, readers get a fascinating fly-on-the-wall picture of debates and intrigue inside the White House during many of the major crises of the Cold War. Galbraith frequently played crucial behind-the-scenes roles that went beyond the duties of an economist: advising President Kennedy during the Cuba missile crisis, helping Lyndon Johnson write his first speech after Kennedy was assassinated, and opposing the Vietnam War, which became his most passionate cause. He later criticized the dismantling of government programs under Ronald Reagan and seemed to love clashing with conservative economists. Parker managed to sift through a mountain of material from Galbraith's long and lively years to distill an engaging narrative that, like Galbraith's own books, is easily accessible to non-economists. --Alex Roslin
It takes a lot to read a 700 page book through to the end. Parker makes it worthwhile by presenting more than a colorful biography of John Kenneth Galbraith. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rich
Richard Parker, a senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, has written a superb biography of the great American economist John Kenneth Galbraith. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by William Podmore
This is an excellent portrayal of the life of Galbraith, set in the surrounding economic and political history of his lifetime. I highly recommend it for these reasons. Read morePublished on May 19, 2008 by retiree
Whenever Galbraith wrote or spoke he did consider not only pure economics but also the large issues at hand. Poverty next to Affluence. Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Moritz Oberli
While economist Parker's writing style is not as wryly entertaining as Galbraith's, he presents a lucid and engrossing overview of Galbraith's life experiences as they influenced... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by D. C. Wilkin
Richard Parker gives us a thorough review of the life, politics, and economics of one of the most well known economists of the twentieth century. Read morePublished on February 24, 2007 by James C. Slattery
This is really an excellent biography of a fine man and economist. His friend, the noted patrician conservative, Bill Buckley, gives it high praise on his front cover blurb for... Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by Jon Thomas