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Given the recent death of noted economist Milton Friedman, it is fortuitous that we should find Ebenstein (economics, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Friedrich Hayek: A Biography) assessing Friedman's life. Friedman was many things in his long career: bureaucrat, professor, author, columnist, public television host, presidential advisor, and Nobel prize winner in economics in 1976. The University of Chicago was his intellectual home for many years, and there he taught a number of students who later became well-known economists in their own right. As a true libertarian, he believed that "adults should be able to do as they wish so long as they are not harming anyone else." He advocated less government, a free-market economy, even legalized drugs and prostitution. Where some may see Friedman as an ideologue, the author views him as a man of true conviction who believed in following the truth, no matter where it led him. Though modest in scale, this biography doesn't skimp on the details of Friedman's life. Well written, thoroughly researched, and easy to read, it successfully explains how Friedman's ideas continue to resonate. Recommended for all libraries with business/economic collections.
—Richard Drezen Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
—The Financial Times
"[A] rounded, readable portrait of a man whose impact on the lives of millions in the 20th century is measured not by his opponents and enemies, but by the individuals he converted."
—The Chicago Sun-Times
"Quite handy. It marshals lots of material, and to devotees the bibliographical essay at the end may be worth the cover price in itself."
"This biography doesn't skimp on the details of Friedman's life. Well written, thoroughly researched, and easy to read, it successfully explains how Friedman's ideas continue to resonate."
"A surprisingly readable, succinct portrait of the combative economist."
"Ebenstein covers a lot of material with an engaging, lively style."
"For those who know little about Friedman, and wish to know more, this book is a good place to start... well documented."
—Journal of Markets & Morality
"An absorbing book about the life, battles, and some of the ideas of a great economist. Definitely worth reading to help understand the development of an extraordinary individual."
—Gary S. Becker, Nobel Laureate in Economics
"Lanny Ebenstein gives us a careful and illuminating exposition of the life and ideas of Milton Friedman. A genuinely rewarding read."
—George P. Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"A powerful book about the most influential economist since Adam Smith."
—Martin Anderson, former domestic and economic policy advisor to President Reagan
Posted July 22, 2011
Friedman is great, but Barnes & Noble customer service is the pits. I accidentally "bought" this book on my first day, trying only to figure out the price. I've now been waiting nearly half an hour on-line for a B&N customer service person to "chat" with me.
If this is indicative of Nook and B&N, this is a giant rip-off.