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Free the Market!: Why Only Government Can Keep the Marketplace Competitive [NOOK Book]

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Why we need government intervention in the free market to protect competition and encourage innovation

Starting about thirty years ago, conservatives forced an overhaul of competition policy that has loosened business rules for everything from selling products to buying competitors.

Gary Reback thinks the changes have gone too far. Today's competition policies, he argues, ...
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Free the Market!: Why Only Government Can Keep the Marketplace Competitive

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Overview

Why we need government intervention in the free market to protect competition and encourage innovation

Starting about thirty years ago, conservatives forced an overhaul of competition policy that has loosened business rules for everything from selling products to buying competitors.

Gary Reback thinks the changes have gone too far. Today's competition policies, he argues, were made for the old manufacturing economy of the 1970s. But in a high-tech world, these policies actually slow innovation, hurt consumers, and entrench big companies at the expense of entrepreneurs.

Free the Market! is both a memoir of Reback's titanic legal battles—involving top companies such as Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and AT&T—and a persuasive argument for measured government intervention in the free market to foster competition. Among the fascinating questions he considers: Can a company ever compete too hard for the public good? Should policy makers worry more about promoting competition or improving efficiency? Does it help consumers when a manufacturer sets the prices its retailers charge? Should the government do more to stop controversial mergers? At what point does intellectual property protection hurt innovation?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101032589
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,337,243
  • File size: 455 KB

Meet the Author


Gary L. Reback is one of the nation's most prominent antitrust attorneys, best known for spearheading the efforts that led to the federal lawsuit against Microsoft. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and is quoted regularly by major media. He is currently of counsel with Carr & Ferrell LLP.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Lol to nick

    Funny. Ad can you tell me what nook sex is? Practically everybody tlking about it. And its 2:19 here. I really wish you didnt live in washington! Its so faraway

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    Posted October 20, 2014

    Jazzy is something wrong? You kind of just stoped talking-Nick

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    An Important Book for Silicon Valley and the World

    Free the Market! is a fascinating account that shows why Silicon Valley (and other) entrepreneurs and innovators need more than self-regulating markets to help them succeed. For the past three decades, monopolists have blocked or made life difficult for some great firms, and harmed consumers in the process by limiting their choices. There are many illuminating examples throughout the book - they include, among others, a riveting account of what happened to Netscape, and how the mega-mergers of AT&T/SBC and Verizon/MCI made all of us much poorer as a result of those mergers, literally as well as figuratively.

    An excellent book, very well-written and clear, with entertaining vignettes along the way!

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