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Early Comments About the Book

Richard Parker's timely biography of Ken Galbraith and his brilliant career is an extraordinary gift to a nation grappling more than ever with the profound issues that Galbraith addressed so eloquently over so many years with his famed intellect and wit. Galbraiths passion for social justice, his skepticism about excessive power in the hands of either government or the private sector, and his indispensable contributions to progressive politics and economic thought shine through every page of this book, and they are still highly relevant to our twenty-first-century national debate on the great domestic and global challenges of our time.
For all those who care about a better world and a fairer reconciliation at home and abroad between what Galbraith called private affluence and public squalor, this remarkable volume should be required reading. It is both an education and an inspiration.
Senator EDWARD M. KENNEDY


In its breadth of interest, its erudition, its ease in explaining economics in everyday language, and above all, in its skillful, first-rate storytelling, Richard Parkers splendid, immensely readable biography is in every way a match for the towering and fascinating figure who strides through its pages.
ADAM HOCHSCHILD


This is a superb book, literate and fascinating, about one of the truly original minds of the century. No one can write about contemporary economics, politics, diplomacy, wit, satire, and phrase-making without taking John Kenneth Galbraith into just account, and Richard Parker is the ideal biographer.
ARTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR.


John Kenneth Galbraith toweredliterally and figurativelyover twentieth-century America, afflicting the comfortable with searing wit and unassailable logic, and comforting the afflicted with compelling ideas for improving society to the benefit of all. To understand the ideals that propelled America from FDRs New Deal until Bushs Raw Deal, one must comprehend Galbraiths life, politics, and economics.  Herewith, a stunningly lucid guide. Richard Parker gives to Galbraith the deep insight and sweeping perspective that Galbraith gives to America.
ROBERT B. REICH








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