“A fascinating account of the constraints on personal choice, and the consequences of those constraints for sexuality, religion, politics, law, and everyday life.”—Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime
(Geoffrey R. Stone 2011-05-11)
"Informative, lively and provocative, The Myth of Choice has important implications for the decisions we make in our everyday lives."—Glenn C. Altschuler, Oregonian
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"[F]ascinating . . . it is undeniably important that we become better aware of the forces that subtly and profoundly limit our choices."—Michael Kroner, The Plain Dealer
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"A fascinating, engaging dissection of the meanings and implications of choice in a wide variety of cultural arenas."—Matthew Tiffany, Shelf Awareness
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“Greenfield unpacks the complexities masked by the free-market bromides, which pass for economic debate in the United States, deftly dispatching ossified conventional wisdom that completely ignores our growing knowledge of how people actually make decisions. “—Boston Globe
"Informative, lively and provocative, The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits has important implications for the decisions we make in our everyday lives."—Glenn C. Altschuler, The Sunday Oregonian
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From the Inside Flap
"Kent Greenfield has written a brilliant, profoundly thought-provoking book about the many constraints on decision making, from the most personal choices to those of the highest government officials."--Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
"Kent Greenfield argues in lively, accessible style that much of what we experience as choice is better understood as the product of circumstance. His challenge is meant to unsettle our beliefs, our judgments, and our values--and it does."--Noah Feldman, author of Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices
"Kent Greenfield has a knack for conveying difficult ideas in accessible terms. The Myth of Choice, sure to be a hit, focuses on one of the great challenges in law and policy--how to reconcile our idealistic belief in choice with everyday realities."--Heather K. Gerken, au- thor of The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System Is Failing and How to Fix It
"The Myth of Choice shows that we can make better choices for ourselves and design better public policy by understanding the promise, and the limits, of choice."--Pamela S. Karlan, author of Keeping Faith with the Constitution
More About the Author
Kent Greenfield grew up in a small farm town in western Kentucky, where his mother was a school teacher and his father was a Baptist preacher. For college, he went off to Brown University, the first kid in his town to do so. He lived in California for a few years before spending a year traveling around South America and finally returning to the United States to go to law school. After law school at The University of Chicago, he practiced at a law firm only long enough to realize he didn't like it.
Greenfield later clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court, and then joined the faculty at Boston College Law School. There, he teaches corporate and constitutional law, economic analysis of law, and legal theory. In corporate law, he is known for advocating that corporations owe obligations to all stakeholders of the company, including employees and local communities. His 2011 book THE MYTH OF CHOICE argues that most of us, most of the time, are much more constrained in our decisions than we realize.
Greenfield lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, children, and rescue dog.