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From the Publisher"[The book's] chief interest is likely to be threefold: as an account of the scope of intellectual and personal freedom under communism; as a little-known chapter in the history of economic thought; and, for this reader most importantly, as the story of a love affair with ideas.
This is Kornai's real private life, and despite his prosaic style, his memoirs convey, as few others do, the inner world of intellectual creation." Robert Skidelsky New York Review of Books
"A thoughtful account of an extraordinary life and a portrait of a certain kind of intellectual dissent too little written about from personal experience." Joshua Rubenstein WallStreet Journal
"János Kornai understands the way the socialist economy works better than anybody else in the world. His Economics of Shortage was for me and my associates inRussia a book of great importance. By Force of Thought offers a detailed look at how Kornai's life and thought developed." Yegor Gaidar , Director, Institute for the Economy in Transition, Moscow, Acting Prime Minister of Russia (1992)
"This book provides insightful accounts of the turbulent institutional transformations in Hungary and of the evolution of contemporary economic thoughtboth of which the author himself has been actively engaged in. It may also be read as a treatise on the ethics and psychology of scientific creation by a leading social science scholar of our time."Masahiko Aoki , Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and President-Elect, theInternational Economic Association