Milton Friedman: A Biography (Google eBook)

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 23, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Born the son of immigrant parents, Milton Friedman went on to become a major figure during the resurgence of American conservatism. As an adviser to the Reagan administration and a widely read columnist, he played a vital role in shaping government policy and public opinion while he made headlines for his controversial views.
Drawing on the author's unprecedented access to personal archives--and to Friedman himself prior to his death in 2006--this is the first book to trace his life and development as an economic theorist. With a combination of revealing personal detail and fascinating exploration of economic theory, this is a revealing look at the man regarded by many as a hero of libertarianism and laissez-faire economics.
  

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Contents

Early Life
5
Undergraduate Years
13
University of Chicago and Columbia
19
Rose
31
World War II
41
Return to Academe
47
Department of Economics
53
Positive Economics
63
Capitalism and Freedom
135
Travel and Goldwater
147
Colleagues
155
Public Intellectual and Policy Proposals
169
Nixon and the Nobel Prize
185
Reagan and International Influence
205
Hayek and the Role of Ideas
215
School Vouchers and Social Issues
223

Family
77
Professor
85
A Theory of the Consumption Function
97
Keynes
105
A Monetary History of the United States
113
Chicago School of Economics
129
Friedman Prize
231
Epilogue
241
Bibliographical Essay
249
Notes
267
Index
285
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About the author (2007)

Lanny Ebenstein is the author or co-author of eight books in the history of economic and political thought, including Friedrich Hayek: A Biography, Hayek's Journey: The Mind of Friedrich Hayek, and, with his late father, William Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers: Plato to the Present. Ebenstein received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He resides in Santa Barbara, California.

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