A Life in Our Times (Magill's Literary Annual 1982)
These well-written, witty memoirs describe many principal events and personalities of the twentieth century and summarize the life, thought, and achievements of their author. John Kenneth Galbraith’s life has combined a keen intellect with impressive writing, speaking, and conversational skills. He has mastered a great body of complicated and controversial material in political economy and has made this material understandable to millions in the United States and overseas.
Galbraith’s career has spanned three areas of expertise: economics, diplomacy, and politics. Educated as an agricultural economist, he served as adviser to various New Deal agencies and taught agricultural economics at Harvard University during the Depression years. During those years, he developed a keen interest in the revolutionary ideas of John Maynard Keynes, and eventually Galbraith became the government’s chief price controller during World War II. After the war, he turned to serious writing on the nature, structure, and problems of the American economy and produced a number of books recommending fundamental structural changes. The World War II price-controlling job also enabled him to move into the State Department toward the close of the war, a brief introduction to international affairs which stood him in good stead when he became the American ambassador to India during the John F. Kennedy Administration. Periodically during the postwar period, from his base at...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1982)
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Christian Science Monitor. LXXIII, May 11, 1981, p. B1.
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