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Against the Flow Hardcover – 13 Jan 2005

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (13 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184354377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843543770
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Samuel Brittan is a columnist at the Financial Times, for which he has been writing since 1966. His most recent books include Capitalism With A Human Face and Essays, Moral, Political and Economic. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge; an Hon and has been visiting Professor at the Chicago Law School, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an Honorary Professor of Politics at Warwick. He has been awarded the George Orwell, Senior Harold Wincott and Ludwig Erhard prizes and was a member of the Peacock Committee on the Finance of the BBC (1985-86). He was knighted in 1993 for "services to economic journalism" and also became that year a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mills on 30 Oct 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is basically a collection of essays on the subjects of economic policy and classical liberalism. They are well written, persuasive and remain clear even when dealing with some challenging topics. The breadth of the essays, which look at topics as diverse as the life of Ayn Rand, the merits of inflation target and the apropriate size for a new nation, is also a strength.
The essays about F.A Hayek and Milton Friedman, are particuarly strong providing not only a look at their philosophy, but also into their charachters.
Well worth a read if you want an insight into the contempary world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Philosopher, Economist, Visionary... and a little bit of a Rabbi 16 Dec 2005
By Benjamin Rossen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Seldom have I encountered a collection of essays so stimulating, so refreshing, and so well argued. Samuel Brittan has that rare amalgam of razor sharp intelligence, buttressed by encyclopedic knowledge and illuminated with a flashing creative visionary mind. I have little choice other than to echo the review in The Economist: Read it!

This book concerns primarily political and economic issues relevant to the UK and the relationship between the UK and the European Union. The principles are, of course, universal; however, the emphasis is on this side of the Atlantic. If you are an American who knows that it is important to understand what people outside the USA think, then this is an excellent place to go.
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