Books by John Kenneth Galbraith

NAME-DROPPING by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 1999

"But perhaps these will be part of Galbraith' s 32nd book."
In his 90th year, Galbraith has produced his 31st book: a slight but enjoyable remembrance of the great, and not-so-great, he has encountered in his adventures in politics. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO KENNEDY by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"Reports on politics in India and a military clash with China will be of moderate interest for students of south Asian politics, but ultimately there is little here to capture the attention of the general reader."
Collections of letters are precious when the correspondents are prominent and the content is of enduring value, for example the Adams/Jefferson letters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1996

"An elder eminence's meagerly substantiated but righteously framed prescriptions for creating collective heavens on earth."
Always more of a critic than a scholar, Galbraith (The Culture of Contentment, 1992, etc.) here offers an exiguous primer on what, in his unabashedly partisan view, would constitute an attainably good society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Galbraith still writes better than any of his colleagues, but this material is more suitable to an after-dinner speech before a mellow and pleasantly partisan audience."
From Galbraith, now 85 and professor emeritus at Harvard, a personal, idiosyncratic, and thin history of the economics of the century. Read full book review >
THE CULTURE OF CONTENTMENT by John Kenneth Galbraith
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Thought-provoking points of view from an elder eminence who can still abash not only stick-in-the-mud conservatives but also limousine liberals."
Dour perspectives on the post-Reagan state of the union. Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 1958

"A book which deliberately sets out to disturb, provoke, criticize — and it does all this, loquaciously."
The author of American Capitalism and The Great Crash, 1929 attempts here to demonstrate that the economic ideas which guide our society — an affluent society — are not only rooted in the past but are largely relevant only to the past, to a time when grim scarcity and poverty were the overwhelmingly dominant economic and human concern. Read full book review >