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Depression, War, and Cold War: Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity Paperback – May 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute (May 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598130293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598130294
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,453,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outstanding Academic Book for 2007, Choice magazine

Social Science Book of the Month, Society Magazine

"Robert Higgs is a contrarian and an iconoclast. He believes that economists and historians have misunderstood U.S. economic history during the middle decades of the 20th century."  —American Journal of Sociology

"Thoughtful and detailed criticism."  —Hugh T. Rockoff, professor of economics, Rutgers University

"Necessary correctives to the popular and scholarly willingness to remain emotionally invested in erroneous explanations."  —Journal of American Studies

"An important book. Those interested in the interaction between the domestic economy, war, and heavily armed peace will find it essential reading."  —Paul Johnson, author, Modern Times and A History of the American People

"A real eye opener and bold foray into contemporary political economy."

—Richard E. Sylla, Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets, New York University

"Key challenges to both the macromonetary and Keynesian explanations of the American experience in the era of depression and world war."  —Journal of Markets & Morality

About the Author

Robert Higgs is a senior fellow in political economy at the Independent Institute and the editor of the quarterly journal Independent Review. He is the author of Against Leviathan, Neither Liberty Nor Safety, and The Resugence of the Warfare State, and has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics in Prague. He lives in Covington, Louisiana.

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