JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITHorder the book
his LIFE his POLITICS his ECONOMICS

Chapter+1.++On+First+Coming+to+Cambridge

+++++The+summer+sun+had+risen+shortly+after+five+that+early+September+morning%2C+and+by+seven+the+sky+already+promised+both+faint+warmth+and+a+fine+New+England+day.++Out+in+Cape+Cod+Bay%2C+the+S.S.+Acadia%2C+a+coastal+steamer+of+the+old+Merchant+%26+Miner+line%2C+was+cutting+northward+through+calm+waters+on+her+regular+two-day+run+from+Baltimore+to+Boston.++She+was+due+to+dock+in+less+than+three+hours%2C+and+at+the+rail+of+her+upper+deck+a+lanky+young+passenger+was+peering+carefully+westward+at+the+low+Massachusetts+coastline+off+her+portside.%0D%0A%09+He%27d+been+up+since+dawn%2C+as+the+ship+passed+through+the+Cape+Cod+Canal%3B+now+he+watched+as+the+grey+rocky+shore+slid+by%2C+its+beaches+backed+with+green+pine+and+oak%2C+the+treeline+broken+here+and+there+by+occasional+houses+and+compact+little+villages+and+towns.++A+crew+member+had+paused+momentarily+to+point+out+Plymouth%2C+where+the+Pilgrims+had+landed+three+centuries+earlier.++He%27d+thanked+the+man+politely%2C+then+continued+to+watch+as+fishing+boats+made+their+way+out+from+small+harbors+in+search+of+the+day%27s+catch+in+the+quiet+bay.++Occasionally+glancing+over+his+shoulder%2C+he%27d+noticed+that+a+few+other+of+the+Acadia%27s+passengers+were+up+now%2C+too%2C+strolling+the+decks%2C+ready+to+start+their+own+day.%0D%0A%09As+they+passed%2C+several+of+the+passengers+took+note+of+the+young+man%2C+as+they+had+casually+ever+since+they%27d+sailed%3A+six+feet%2C+eight+inches+tall%2C+his+height+alone+meant+that+he+quickly+and+naturally+stood+out+among+them%2C+though+they%27d+genteelly+passed+without+speaking.++Thus+he%27d+spent+most+of+the+voyage+alone%2C+reading+or+walking+the+decks+pensively.++At+dinner+the+night+before%2C+however%2C+he%27d+chatted+pleasantly+with+his+table+companions+and%2C+in+response+to+their+questions%2C+told+something+about+himself.++%0D%0A%09He+was+an+economist%2C+they%27d+discovered%2C+with+a+fresh-minted+PhD+from+the+University+of+California+awarded+that+June.++Just+twenty-five+years+old%2C+he%27d+been+in+Washington+for+the+summer%2C+working+for+one+of+President+Roosevelt%27s+new+%22alphabet+agencies%2C%22+something+called+the+Agricultural+Adjustment+Administration.++His+listeners%2C+all+East+Coast+city-dwellers%2C+weren%27t+quite+sure+what+the+year-old+%22triple-A%22+did+exactly%2C+but+they+understood+that+now+in+1934%2C+with+America+mired+deep+in+the+Depression%2C+the+one+out+of+three+Americans+who+still+farmed+were+in+desperate+need+of+help--and+were+a+priority+for+the+New+Deal.%0D%0A%09He%27d+worked%2C+they%27d+learned%2C+on+the+issue+of+abandoned%2C+tax-+delinquent+farmlands--a+%22very+large+problem%2C%22+he+assured+them%2C+involving+millions+of+acres+across+the+country.++At+issue%2C+he+said--and+here+a+couple+of+his+Republican+tablemates+had+winced--+was+the+possibility+of+their+take-over+by+the+federal+government.++His+companions+seemed+calmed+and+duly+impressed+however+when+the+young+man+explained+that+he+was+now+sailing+to+Boston+to+begin+teaching+at+Harvard+University.++Harvard+surely+would+shield+him%2C+they+must+have+felt%2C+from+further+exposure+to+the+dangerous+and+radical+currents+then+flowing+in+Washington.%0D%0A%09Something+about+the+young+man+would+have+impressed+them%2C+though.++He+was+very+confident%2C+clearly+intelligent%2C+and+over+the+course+of+their+leisurely+evening+meal%2C+able+to+range+across+a+wide+variety+of+topics+having+to+do+with+the+country%27s+immense+economic+crisis.++Handsomely+attractive+in+a+rugged+way%2C+with+strongly+drawn+features%2C+he+projected+great+vitality+and+ambition%2C+the+sort+of+man+Harvard+had+always+valued.++There+was+this+troublesome+issue+of+his+working+for+Roosevelt%2C+and+his+obvious+admiration+for+the+new+President+and+his+policies%2C+but+Harvard+would+smooth+that+out+with+time%2C+settle+him+down%2C+point+him+in+the+right+direction.%0D%0A%09As+they+finished+their+coffees+and+made+their+goodnights%2C+several+at+the+table+would+no+doubt+have+guessed+that+this+was+a+young+fellow+who+would+be+%22going+places%2C%22+someone+who+with+good+luck+and+time+would+leave+some+sort+of+mark+in+the+years+ahead.%0D%0A%09