Ebenstein creates a picture of Milton Friedman, one of the leading economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century, as not just a revered economic theorist but also a public intellectual. Ebenstein begins with Friedman's childhood and early career, moving through his long tenure as an economist at the University of Chicago, and completes the book with a picture of Friedman as a renowned public figure. Completed before Friedman's death, in November 2006, the book espouses Friedman's beliefs in libertarianism, the free market, and capitalism. He was known for his controversial stances and powerful influence on leaders of the day. Through lengthy interviews with Friedman and his wife, Rose, a picture of him as family man, Nobel Prize winner, and advisor to multiple presidents emerges. Ebenstein's attention to detail and copious quotes from others who knew Friedman well make for an engaging picture of one of America's most important economic theorists. Gail Whitcomb
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"A worthy homage to Friedman's ideas."
--The Financial Times
"[A] rounded, readable portrait of a man whose impact on the lives of millions in the 20th century is measured not by his opponents and enemies, but by the individuals he converted."
--The Chicago Sun-Times
"Quite handy. It marshals lots of material, and to devotees the bibliographical essay at the end may be worth the cover price in itself."
"This biography doesn't skimp on the details of Friedman's life. Well written, thoroughly researched, and easy to read, it successfully explains how Friedman's ideas continue to resonate."
"A surprisingly readable, succinct portrait of the combative economist."
"Ebenstein covers a lot of material with an engaging, lively style."
"For those who know little about Friedman, and wish to know more, this book is a good place to start... well documented."
--Journal of Markets & Morality
"An absorbing book about the life, battles, and some of the ideas of a great economist. Definitely worth reading to help understand the development of an extraordinary individual."
--Gary S. Becker, Nobel Laureate in Economics
"Lanny Ebenstein gives us a careful and illuminating exposition of the life and ideas of Milton Friedman. A genuinely rewarding read."
--George P. Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"A powerful book about the most influential economist since Adam Smith."
--Martin Anderson, former domestic and economic policy advisor to President Reagan