Profiles the work of 17 economists who have decried the failure mainstream economics to explain real-world economic phenomena and have proposed alternatives that, though not adopted, continue to influence the field. The essays explore what it means to be a dissenting economist, how economics is taught, the methodology of economic analysis, the lack of attention to the actual behavior of living beings, narrow and limited assumptions, and policy conclusions reached by standard economists. On the roll call are Barbara R. Bergmann, Friedrich A. Hayek, Michal Kalecki, John Maynard Keynes, Oskar Lange, Adolph Lowe, Peiro Sraffa, and Thorstein Veblen. The contributors assume a fairly deep sophistication in economics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.