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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691159904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691159904
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adelman . . . has done an excellent job of bringing together articles that express Hirschman's skepticism, as well as brilliant observation, often consisting of brilliant juxtapositions of unlikely sources. . . . [T]hose who do sink their teeth into this work will be highly rewarded."--Choice

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"A survivor of Nazi Germany, Albert Hirschman was an essential thinker--one of the very few best of the twentieth century. Wise, delightful, and full of life, he was incapable of writing a dull page. He knew what made people tick, and he knew what made societies work. This book glistens with insights, surprises, and paradoxes. Each chapter is a gem."--Cass R. Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness

"Albert O. Hirschman's work should be rediscovered and studied by every new generation of social scientists for a long time to come."--Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

"An excellent selection of essays including all of Hirschman's finest pieces."--Dani Rodrik, author of The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Papke on December 18, 2013
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This is an excellent compilation of one of the greatest minds of our time. I would recommend this to anyone interested in better understanding how our global capitalist system and business society works. As well, to gain deeper insight into ourselves, Hirschman's work offers a remarkable lens.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 18, 2014
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Albert Hirschman is making an impressive posthumous comeback. This interesting book follows the publication of a very sympathetic biography by the editor of this volume, historian Jeremy Adelman. Hrischman was an economist who became well known as a penetrating critic of conventional economic analysis, political thought, and as something of an intellectual historian, He is best known now as the author of several longer critical essays, including The Rhetoric of Reaction, a powerful analysis of conservative rhetorical devices. Hirschman established himself originally as a leading expert on development economics. His later work as a more general critic appears to have followed the eclipse of development economics as a cohesive sub-field of economics. Hirschman's essays are celebrated justly for his concise and elegant style, impressive erudition, and unexpected insights. The essays included in this book amply demonstrate these features.

The book is largely divided into 2 sections. About the initial 40% of the book is devoted to essays about development economics, including some very thoughtful retrospective dissections of the field as a discipline. The later essays are a mixture of topics including some very sharp essays on economic and political thought. Several of the essays are either precursors or followups of Hirschman's famous longer essays like The Passions and the Interests, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, and The Rhetoric of Reaction. I suspect these latter essays will be of most interest to general readers. The earlier essays on development economics certainly display Hirschman's qualities as an essayist but perhaps will be of greatest interest to economists and others with some interests in this aspect of intellectual history.

This is a good book but for most readers, his longer essays, published separately, will be of the most interest. .
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