The Great Crash 1929

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Business & Economics - 206 pages
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The classic examination of the 1929 financial collapse, with an introduction by economist James K. Galbraith


Of John Kenneth Galbraith's The Great Crash 1929, the Atlantic Monthly said: "Economic writings are seldom notable for their entertainment value, but this book is. Galbraith's prose has grace and wit, and he distills a good deal of sardonic fun from the whopping errors of the nation's oracles and the wondrous antics of the financial community." Originally published in 1955, Galbraith's book became an instant bestseller, and in the years since its release it has become the unparalleled point of reference for readers looking to understand American financial history.


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Review: The Great Crash of 1929

User Review  - Sanjay Varma - Goodreads

A beautiful example of mid- 20th century prose. If you liked the editorial style of Lewis Lapham, Alan Abelson, or William Buckley, or if you were stirred by John Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage," then ... Read full review

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I had been eyeing this book for awhile. I had always wanted to learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression and what went down during those times. I hoped that it would give me the ... Read full review


Vision and Boundless Hope and Optimism
Something Should be Done?
In Goldman Sachs We Trust
The Twilight of Illusion
The Crash
Things Become More Serious
Aftermath I
Aftermath II
Cause and Consequence

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John Kenneth Galbraith (1908--2006) was a critically acclaimed author and one of America's foremost economists. His most famous works include The Affluent Society, The Good Society, and The Great Crash 1929. Galbraith was the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was twice awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. James K. Galbraith is the author of seven books, including The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too. He holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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