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"Murray Weidenbaum has brought solid economic understanding and a talent for clear expression to analyses of a wide range of public and private policy problems. Written over the course of a remarkable and varied career as a scholar, official, and participant in varied businesses, this collection of concise essays is full of insights and lessons as fresh and relevant to issues of today as to the time they were written."

—The Honorable Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve System

"'One-Armed Economist' could easily have been titled 'Intellectually Honest Economist,' or 'Clear-Eyed Economist,' or 'Literate Economist.' Murray Weidenbaum is all of those things, as these essays, spanning his career, as professor, corporate planner, and top White House official, elegantly make clear. In a non-dogmatic, non-doctrinaire, clear-headed and clearly written fashion, Weidenbaum ranges over the widest range of issues involving business, government and economics. He is that rare person who can write for an audience of experts and specialists while still being able to reach a larger audience. People in business, government and academia, as well as those in corner shops and on factory floors, can benefit from his insights and experiences."

—Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

"Murray Weidenbaum is a triple threat: a wise, witty, and one-armed economist. This wonderful selection of his professional writing displays impressive public policymaking insights based on an extraordinarily rich set of experiences in the public and private sector; a refreshingly puckish and self-deprecating humor; and a most welcome willingness to say exactly what he thinks."

—Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

"Murray Weidenbaum's One Armed Economist: On the Intersection of Business and Government is must-reading for students and scholars of economic policy. A blend of theory, history and practice, this collection of essays provides important and enduring insights into subjects as diverse as government regulation of business, tax reform, the military and presidential advising from the invaluable perspective of an academic who has also been inside business and government. Highly recommended."

—Michael J. Boskin, T.M. Friedman Professor of Economics, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisors

"With this book we all have available to us the perceptivity and wisdom of a distinguished American economist. It is good that these pieces were brought together in one package."

—Paul W. McCracken, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Economics, and Public Policy, University of Michigan Business Schools 

About the Author

Murray Weidenbaum is Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis and honorary chairman of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy. He was the first chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to Ronald Reagan and also served as a member of Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board. He is the author of numerous books, including Business and Government in the Global Marketplace, One-Armed Economist, and The Bamboo Network.

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