Speaking of Galbraith: A Personal Portrait

Peggy Lamson, Author Ticknor & Fields $21.95 (236p) ISBN 978-0-89919-913-9
Although economist John Kenneth Galbraith built a career challenging the status quo, by the early 1950s he was seen by many as virtually a bona fide member of the establishment. Lively, perspicacious and affectionate, this biography does not shrink from candidly depicting Galbraith as an ``empire-building'' price-control czar during WW II; a member of the Kennedy coterie; a sometimes insensitive husband and absent father; an ambitious statesman who forever felt like ``a farm boy trying to rise above'' his rural Canadian roots. The author describes Galbraith in his roles as Fortune editor, Harvard professor, ambassador to India, TV star, novelist and skier. A biographer of Roger Baldwin, Lamson enlivens her wide-angled profile with closeups of JFK and his wife, Nehru, Adlai Stevenson, Eugene McCarthy, Nixon. Photos. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
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