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The Tyranny of the Status Quo Hardcover – Feb 27 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Feb. 27 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151923795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151923793
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98f8e674) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ce8ea0) out of 5 stars A must read and it's even better after all these years May 7 2010
By Robert Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alright, with a book this old there is a certain amount of historical value going back to the early 80's. It's an interesting read as just a history book but it gets much better than that. If someone made you read this book and didn't tell you what year it was published you would think it was new. Mr. Friedman is spot on with his economic soothsaying and this is a book you must read now!!! The example of Chrysler and it's bankrupcy is a complete parallel with today's banking crises and GM. A wise man, a short book (160 pgs) and you won't regret it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d92be8) out of 5 stars ANOTHER "POPULAR" BOOK BY THE FRIEDMANS Feb. 16 2012
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Milton Friedman (1912-2006) was an American economist who taught at the University of Chicago (and was the leader of the "Chicago school"); he received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976, and wrote/cowrote books such as A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History, Free to Choose, Bright Promises, Dismal Performance: An Economist's Protest, Capitalism & Freedom: A Leading Economist's View of the Proper Role of Competitive Capitalism, etc.

In this 1985 book, Friedman and his wife Rose cover topics such as The Reagan Record (note that Friedman was a member of Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board in 1981); Government Spending, Taxes, and Deficits; Defense; Inflation; Crime; Education, etc.

He begins by conceding, "President Reagan's experience conforms to a political generalization... a new administration has some six to nine months in which to achieve major changes; if it does not seize the opportunity to act decisively during that period, it will not have another such opportunity. Further changes come slowly or not at all." (Pg. 3) He adds that "his proposals were not bold enough... He would not have succeeded in getting all he asked for---but he would have gotten much more than he did." (Pg. 9)

He observed that "The Soviet Union is the immediate danger perceived by Americans. Yet it is not the real threat to our national security. The real threat is the welfare state." (Pg. 73)

He called President Nixon's 1971 decision to impose wage-and-price controls "the worst mistake that any modern Republican administration has made to date." (Pg. 94)

He rejects the argument in favor of tariffs with nations such as Japan on the analogy that by subsidizing industries such as steel we 'hurt ourselves," and "simply shoot another hole in our common boat." (Pg. 128)

He firmly supports making available---"by government means, if necessary"---student loans, but asserts that "There is no case that we can see for providing subsidies." (Pg. 161)

Not one of their more "epochal" books, this book will still be of interest to students of Friedman.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d92c30) out of 5 stars Great Book Nov. 12 2009
By Tim Childers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
More relevant now than when it was written. Buy this book, or remain ignorant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97da6930) out of 5 stars Five Stars Jan. 18 2015
By Samuel Clemmens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Awesomely insightful book, should be required reading in schools.

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