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Academically unremarkable but hugely influential
on 22 May 2016
Whilst clearly a landmark text in the fields of economics, politics and social theory, the book does not stand up to scrutiny. Friedman's theories are mostly supported by no evidence whatsoever. I have never read a book by an academic author with so few sources. The content is not so original that it defies examples and studies available at the time and since; the book simply makes assertions with no intention of backing them up. The hope seems to have been that force of personality alone would convince the reader, and clearly for many that worked. However, any cursory check of the evidence should be enough to convince anyone that this is a simply ideological book proclaiming to have answers which simply do not hold water.