The first of two volumes profiling economists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who contributed to the discipline but whose names and works have been overshadowed by the giants who wrote major works and advised leaders. Of the 17 economists considered here, some worked within the mainstream that is now known as neoclassicism while others practiced economics in very different ways. The commissioned essays deepen the sense of the intellectual milieu from which dominant ideas rose and the paths that the ideas now accepted took to general acceptance, and also suggest directions that were not taken. The coverage extends to the interwar years. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.