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The Essential Hirschman

Albert O. Hirschman and Jeremy Adelman


This book brings together some of the finest essays in the social sciences, written by one of the twentieth century's most influential and provocative thinkers. The author 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 tax ... More

Keywords: social sciences, literary imagination, intellectual, inequality, industrialization, Latin America, democratic life, routine thinking, marketplace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159904
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert O. Hirschman, author
Princeton University

Jeremy Adelman, editor
Princeton University

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