From Publishers Weekly
Harvard economics professor Montgomery Marvin, seeking proof that human folly has no limit when motivated by greed, amasses a fortune through the stock market and uses it to promote decidedly liberal causes. According to PW , this is a "succinct parable for our times, a rare comedy of point and precision."
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From Library Journal
Can a tenured professor of economics at Harvard, creator of a stock forecasting model, put his vast yields toward liberal causes without upsetting the prevailing political-economic system? Montgomery Marvin develops the Index of Irrational Expectations (IRAT) after studying the euphoria which accompanies investment, and with his activist wife Marjie he puts IRAT earnings to such uses as labeling products based on their makers' number of women executives; establishing chairs in peace studies at the military academies; and setting up PRCs (Political Rectitude Committees). In his first novel in 22 years, Galbraith shows that as a novelist, he is a fine economist. His language tends to be pretentious and his tone pedantic, with hints of condescension amid occasional wit and convoluted sentences which slow the pace. But he fits his scenario deftly into the present scene, providing a modern fable of some interest. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/89.- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
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