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A Tenured Professor Hardcover – 12 Nov 1990

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd; First Edition, First Impression edition (12 Nov. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856190188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856190183
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,628,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The part that irrational optimism and euphoria play in economic behaviour is a familiar soapbox of Galbraith's, better known from his `Short History of Financial Euphoria'. I wondered which came first, that treatise or this novel which is about the same subject. They were both first published in the same year, it seems. If so, the subject must have been one that he had a good deal to say about, and I for one am thoroughly pleased that he said it. In the current economic times I can't commend Galbraith's insights into the matter sufficiently strongly, and if he goes over a certain amount of the same ground twice I consider that a bonus, like two helpings of profiteroles but a lot more beneficial.

I suppose the start of this book is rather clunking, but never mind that. I was quite prepared to give it 5-star rating even if it had been just a tract thinly disguised as a novel, but in fact I think you may find that it gets better, just as a novel, as it goes along. The main characters develop genuine personalities, more than they do in the novels of even such a recognised practitioner of the genre `novel' as Arthur C Clarke. Like Clarke, Galbraith is out to teach as least as much as to entertain, and not unexpectedly we find the same awesome historical examples of dewy-eyed folly in both the Short History and the slightly longer work of fiction, about 200 pages of it. The tulip mania in 17th century Europe is related again, and so is the South Sea Bubble in the 18th.
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