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Roger LowensteinThe author, whose prose is reminiscent of that of his famous father, John Kenneth Galbraith, is as wickedly biting as he is over the top. He writes, "It is fair to say that there will never again be any U.S. government for which a truly principled conservative might work." Fair to say? How about biased, vengeful and short-sighted to say?…Still, the gusto with which he repeatedly challenges tired conventions is refreshing…Galbraith admits neither ambiguity nor doubt; indeed, his prose is absolutist in proportion to the extent to which his assertions are unprovable. For Galbraith, the market as its apostles describe it does not really exist. It is a "vaporous" idea, a "cosmic and ethereal space," a "negation," a "nonstate." Finally, it is "another god that failed." This is brilliant rhetoric. It is not brilliant economics, but give him his due: He has raised trenchant questions about a system in crisis.
—The New York Times