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“Stigler’s memoirs are a gem: in style, in wit, and above all, in substance, they reflect accurately his own engaging personality and his extraordinarily diverse contributions to our science.”
An engaging and insightful autobiography of the Nobel prize-winning economist best known for his contributions to regulatory economics.
“Should be read by anyone considering a career in economics, but Stigler’s writing is so accessible that his discussions will whet even a casual interest.”--,
— James C. Cooper
“Beautifully written, it will appeal to anyone seeking a better understanding of what technical economics is all about. It is full of stories about powerful minds, courageous intellects and tightly focused issues.”--,
— David Warsh
“A loving and fierce defense of economics as a science.”
— Robert Krulwich
“Mr. Stigler is at his best as a historian of economic thought, great and small. . . . He also provides abundant insight into the anthropology of the tribe of academic economists in the latter 20th-century U.S., bizarre as it may be. Interspersed in all that is a simple autobiography of a gentle man and his lifelong love affair with the dismal science. Anyone even on the edge of economic romance will find here a refreshing bouquet.”
— Robert B. Reich
Prologue Are Economists Good People?
Chapter 1 Getting Started
Chapter 2 University Life
Chapter 3 Economics in Depression and in War
Chapter 4 The Strategy of Science: The National Bureau
Chapter 5 Eureka!
Chapter 6 Monopoly
Chapter 7 Political Regulation of Economic Life
Chapter 8 The Economist as Expert
Chapter 9 The Apprentice Conservative
Chapter 10 The Chicago School
Chapter 11 Academic Freedom and Responsibility