Milton Friedman: A Biography

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-06
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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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 advisor 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 over the past decade, this is the first book to trace his life and development as an economic theorist. With a combination of intimate 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Childhood and Youth * Rutgers * University of Chicago * Columbia * Rose * Washington * New York * World War II * National Bureau and Controversy * Department of Economics * "The Methodology ofPositive Economics" *Essays in Positive Economics* Family * Teacher * Keynes *A Theory of the Consumption Function*A Monetary History of the United States* Chicago School of Economics * From Economics to Advocacy *Capitalism and Freedom* Goldwater and Travel * AEA President * Colleagues *NewsweekColumnist * Policy Proposals * Nixon and Chile * Nobel Prize * Hoover Institution *Free to Choose* Reagan * Influence * Hayek and Ideas * School Vouchers and Drugs * Recent Work * Friedman Prize

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