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A Tenured Professor

by John Kenneth Galbraith

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When America's most distinguished economist turned his observant eye and celebrated brilliance to fiction, the result was hailed by the New York Times as "his wisest and wittiest" novel yet. A respected Harvard professor creates an economic forecasting model identifying speculative folly, enabling him of society's hidden agendas that is at once a morality tale and a comic delight.… (more)

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This quote about sums it up: "Tenure was originally invented to protect radical professors, those who challenged the accepted order. But we don't have such people anymore at the universities, and the reason is tenure. When time comes to grant it nowadays, the radicals get screened out. That's its principal function. It's a very good system, really -- keeps academic life at a decent level of tranquillity." ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Pros: interesting attempts from Galbraith if you read him; some sense of familiarity points if you are academic
Cons: quite dull; eccentric at places; don't like what the character did after getting rich; lack of a central message ( )
  sphinx | Jun 19, 2008 |
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When America's most distinguished economist turned his observant eye and celebrated brilliance to fiction, the result was hailed by the New York Times as "his wisest and wittiest" novel yet. A respected Harvard professor creates an economic forecasting model identifying speculative folly, enabling him of society's hidden agendas that is at once a morality tale and a comic delight.

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