Drawing on a lifetime of access to many great public figures, the famous economist offers a clear-eyed, unsparing, and amusing "look at prominent people . . . [he] has known, from FDR on" (Larry King, "USA Today") and offers a rich and uniquely personal history of the century he helped to shape. A "New York Times" Notable Book. 8-page insert.Drawing on a lifetime of access to many great public figures, the famous economist offers a clear-eyed, unsparing, and amusing "look at prominent people . . . [he] has known, from FDR on" (Larry King, "USA Today") and offers a rich and uniquely personal history of the century he helped to shape. A "New York Times" Notable Book. 8-page insert.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-04-26 Galbraiths thin, impressionistic sojourn through his astounding career provides glimpses of some of the centurys most remarkable personalitiesincluding his own. In a series of chapters devoted to powerful, compelling individuals (FDR, JFK, LBJ, Nehru, to name a few), Galbraith rehashes much that is already known about these figures while offering his own perspective on their personalities and motivations. An astute observer of personalities, Galbraith, professor emeritus of economics at Harvard, expresses admiration for Nehru, Adlai Stevenson, Eleanor Roosevelt and John and Jackie Kennedy, scorn for Albert Speer and aversion to LBJ for his Vietnam entanglements. Galbraith claims he was ignorant of JFKs philandering, expresses his belief that Nazi leaders he interrogated after WWII were an incredible collection of often deranged incompetents and relates the rebukes he received from FDR concerning price control and rationing decisions. Though Galbraith treads on familiar ground with his defenses of Keynesian economics and occasional forays into liberal, Affluent Society territory, the book never congeals into a coherent whole. It is, instead an anecdotal mlange of first-hand impressions, autobiography and history. (May)
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