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A Tenured Professor
     

A Tenured Professor

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by John Kenneth Galbraith
 

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When America's most distinguished economist turned his observant eye and celebrated brilliance to fiction, the result was hailed by the New York Times as "his wisest and wittiest" novel yet. A respected Harvard professor creates an economic forecasting model identifying speculative folly, enabling him of society's hidden agendas that is at once a morality tale and a

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When America's most distinguished economist turned his observant eye and celebrated brilliance to fiction, the result was hailed by the New York Times as "his wisest and wittiest" novel yet. A respected Harvard professor creates an economic forecasting model identifying speculative folly, enabling him of society's hidden agendas that is at once a morality tale and a comic delight.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Harvard economics professor Montgomery Marvin, seeking proof that human folly has no limit when motivated by greed, amasses a fortune through the stock market and uses it to promote decidedly liberal causes. According to PW , this is a ``succinct parable for our times, a rare comedy of point and precision.'' (Mar.)
Library Journal
Can a tenured professor of economics at Harvard, creator of a stock forecasting model, put his vast yields toward liberal causes without upsetting the prevailing political-economic system? Montgomery Marvin develops the Index of Irrational Expectations (IRAT) after studying the euphoria which accompanies investment, and with his activist wife Marjie he puts IRAT earnings to such uses as labeling products based on their makers' number of women executives; establishing chairs in peace studies at the military academies; and setting up PRCs (Political Rectitude Committees). In his first novel in 22 years, Galbraith shows that as a novelist, he is a fine economist. His language tends to be pretentious and his tone pedantic, with hints of condescension amid occasional wit and convoluted sentences which slow the pace. But he fits his scenario deftly into the present scene, providing a modern fable of some interest. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/89.-- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
From the Publisher
"In the decades since World War II, no American writer has done more to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable than John Kenneth Galbraith." USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547595610
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/04/1991
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
147 KB

Meet the Author

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a critically acclaimed author and one of America's foremost economists. His most famous works include The Affluent Society, The Good Society, and The Great Crash. Galbraith was the receipient of the Order of Canada and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was twice awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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A Tenured Professor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very easy to understand, It is written very well.
I would recommend it for anyone interested in Economics, Business, or the Stock Market. This book does not give advice! It is a novel, that is well worth reading.