The Essential Hirschman brings together some of the
finest essays in the social sciences, written by one of the
twentieth century's most influential and provocative thinkers.
Albert O. Hirschman was a master essayist, one who possessed the
rare ability to blend the precision of economics with the elegance
of literary imagination. In an age in which our academic
disciplines require ever-greater specialization and narrowness, it
is rare to encounter an intellectual who can transform how we think
about inequality by writing about traffic, or who can slip in a
quote from Flaubert to reveal something surprising about taxes. The
essays gathered here span an astonishing range of topics and
perspectives, including industrialization in Latin America,
imagining reform as more than repair, the relationship between
imagination and leadership, routine thinking and the marketplace,
and the ways our arguments affect democratic life. Throughout, we
find humor, unforgettable metaphors, brilliant analysis, and
elegance of style that give Hirschman such a singular voice.
Featuring an introduction by Jeremy Adelman that places each of
these essays in context as well as an insightful afterword by Emma
Rothschild and Amartya Sen, The Essential Hirschman is the
ideal introduction to Hirschman for a new generation of readers and
a must-have collection for anyone seeking his most important
writings in one book.
Subjects: Sociology, Business
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