Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Fidlar UP3 $5 Off Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services hog hog hog  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Learn more
The Predator State and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by wakullabooks
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Good have some underlined, highlighted sentences. For textbooks, we cannot guarantee they include their supplements like CD, access code, info track, etc. Fast shipping.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too Paperback – Bargain Price, May 12, 2009

71 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price, May 12, 2009
$6.73 $2.38

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an price sticker identifying them as such. Details

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Galbraith, noted economist and son of the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith, offers his views on the gap between conservative ideology and its use and abuse to cover up the George W. Bush administration’s Predator State, which takes advantage of the public sector and undermines public institutions for private profit. Galbraith reports that although most academics have abandoned conservative principles such as free trade, deregulation, and tax cuts for the wealthy, politicians from both parties continue to advance policies that, in reality, have turned regulatory agencies over to business lobbies, allowed the subprime mortgage foreclosures and banking crisis, and created Medicare’s drug plan, which legislates monopoly pricing for drug companies. Galbraith’s solutions include planning (contending that the U.S. does not plan); standards for wages, product and occupational safety, and the environment; and stabilizing financial and security policy. Not everyone will agree with Galbraith’s progressive beliefs, but he offers an important perspective in this thought-provoking book written in plain English. Excellent resource for library patrons. --Mary Whaley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Shows how to break the spell that conservatives have cast over the minds of liberals (and everyone else) for many years." Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences --Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

"James Galbraith elegantly and effectively counters the economic fundamentalism that has captured public discourse in recent years, and offers a cogent guide to the real political economy. Myth-busting, far-ranging, and eye-opening." Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley --Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

See all Editorial Reviews

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416576215
  • ASIN: B003E7EUS4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

137 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Bethyself on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I must say that this book turned what I believe about the economy on its head, but it also enlightened me about how the economy is connected to fairness and equality. I used to think that our biggest problem was deficit spending, but now I see the biggest problem is fairness. Galbraith, who is the son of the famous John K. Galbraith who wrote The Modern Industrial State, which I read 40 years ago and gave me my first insights into how the economy works, describes how inequity in wages has distorted the market and created an environment not unlike Alice in Wonderland where people disenfranchise themselves by believing that free markets are somehow all-seeing and lead to the greatest possible good. Galbraith makes a case against this hands-off approach to markets and argues that unregulated markets will lurch from one bubble to the next. Crises like global warming will never be dealth with because there is no financial incentive to do so. Planning is the only thing that can save us and will have to involve a serious political battle because the corporations have saturated the media with the belief that the markets work best when left alone, which prescription leaves most of us on the bottom level of the next pyramid scheme while the corporate executives accumulate vast fortunes for themselves at our expense. The writing isn't bad, but it can be a bit hard to see what he's driving at at times. The resolutions he offers at the end make the read worth while. This book came out in Spring of 2008. Given the financial meltdown here in the Fall, the warnings in this book are eerily prescient.
18 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
101 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
James Galbraith, this book's author, is the son of famous economist John Kenneth Galbraith. His father was an important figure in economics, with books such as "The New Industrial State" on his resume. I mention this since this volume mentions Galbraith pere approvingly on a number of occasions.

Galbraith begins by noting that our economic discussion is based on a fallacy--that free markets and competition govern our economic sphere. This idea is now the dominant view of how an economic system ought to function in the United States. He goes on to say that (Page xi): ". . .the doctrine serves as a kind of legitimation myth--something to be repeated to schoolchildren but hardly taken seriously by those on the inside." The guiding metaphor for this book, a predatory state, is outlined early on by Galbraith. He says that this refers to (Page xiii): "the systematic abuse of public institutions for private profit or, equivalently, the systematic undermining of public protections for the benefit of private clients."

He develops this thesis, beginning with a first chapter entitled "Whatever happened to the conservatives?" He begins by noting the elements of the Reagan revolution (or Reaganomics as it was then termed)--(1) tax reduction to trigger investment and economic growth; (2) tight money to halt the inflation that had sapped the energy of the economy; (3) deregulation and assaults on unions, to, once more, let market forces rule. He goes on to argue that, first, this perspective did NOT achieve what its supporters allege, and, second, that contemporary conservatives have in essence abandoned these principles to "take over" the government and use that power to enhance the interests of the moneyed and powerful class.
Read more ›
24 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
90 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Pam M on August 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Searing insights into neoclassical economics (the academic standard),past conservative economic policies, and liberal acquiesence to the conservative mantra of free markets. This book is a must (so are all good commentaries)even for those that profess ignorance of economics in companionship with McCain. If you want to know why the U. S. is terribly awry and needs attention and sweat and great effort to come about to some semblance of normalcy but you didn't have the metaphors or knowledge to tackle the contortions of the past and present, read this even if you are not an economist. This is about the enslavement of our government to the will of the wealthy and the corporations and how and what can be done.
Most who pay attention know this, but do they understand it quite as well as elucidated by this great economist?

An long ago graduate in economics,and, institutional economist from, U. of Texas,Austin
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Kulak on October 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I first picked up this book, I did so because the title and sub-title was threatening and abusive to my own thinking. I had to find out what an accomplished economist knew that I didn't know about my deeply held beliefs about capitalism and economics.

What an interesting book. The American Economy was in a much different state when I began reading this book (early Sep 2008) than when I finished it (late Oct 2008). I think what I learned from this book has helped me think about possible solutions for our economic meltdown.

Here are some points from Galbraith's (yes, Kenneth's son) book. I'll give indication of my opinions on his ideas as well.

I have a full review on my blog (do a Google Blog Search for Predator State).

Galbraith says that liberals who are for the following things should reverse their thinking: balanced budgets, free trade, open markets / monetary policy, tax cuts and the importance of savings. (Hey, that's me!!)

He attacks each idea with an obvious depth of economic prowess and an even more obvious bias towards true-blue liberal thinking.

His argument against balanced federal government budgets is perhaps his most compelling. He provides a simple equation that shows that the U.S. federal government (unlike all other countries) is positively incapable of balancing its budget and should not even try. To do so results in pain for consumers and business in the U.S. Galbraith actually won me over on this point.

The equation is that the U.S. must run a budget deficit each and every year or else private industry and consumer will have to run deficits themselves. The deficits we run collectively (government plus industry plus consumer) MUST equal our countries total trade deficit. And the U.S.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: economy