Two Lucky People: Memoirs

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 660 pages
In Two Lucky People, Rose and Milton Friedman provide a memorable and lively account of their lives, the people they knew, and the work they shared. Their involvement with world leaders and many of this century's most important public policy issues moves their memoir beyond the merely personal and makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of twentieth-century ideas.

"The Friedmans come across as the last Enlightenment thinkers in a post-modern world. . . . This is a book that restores your faith in reasoned discourse. . . . There really are people who believe in scholarly exchange as a way to discover truth."—David Brooks, New York Times Book Review

"The Friedmans are a feisty couple, who clearly delight in their lives and each other. And shining through their reticence, and their conservatism, is a decency that even liberals will recognize."—Milton and Judith Viorst, Washington Post Book World

"This engaging book recounts the life and contributions of one of America's most influential writers and economists in the second half of the twentieth century. And her husband's no slouch either. . . . An indispensable guide through the evolution of economic thought."—Stephen Moore, National Review

"A thought-provoking book and one rich in history, the personal history of the Friedmans . . . and the cultural and political history of our country."—Steve Huntley, Chicago Sun-Times Books

"[Two Lucky People] is almost like a letter from a couple of old friends—a couple of old friends who had a long, compelling intellectual journey, came to know some of the great world leaders of this century, and had 60 years of happy, supportive marriage."—N. Gregory Mankiw, Fortune

"A rich autobiographical and historical panorama."—William P. Kucewicz, Wall Street Journal

 

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Contents

How We Met
1
Early YearsRose
2
Early YearsMilton
19
From Meeting to Marriage 193238
33
Beginning Marries Life
83
Victim of Campus Politics
91
Washington 194143
105
War Years in New York 194345
125
Participating in the PublicPolicy Debate
335
The Goldwater Campaign and New York 196365
368
Adviser to Presidents Nixon and Reagon
377
Chile
399
Travels and Travails
411
The Nobel Award
443
Israel
462
Free to Choose
473

Minnesota
148
Settling in at Chicago
156
Our Summers 194880
163
An Autumn in Paris 1950
176
The University of Chicago
183
The Department of Economics
191
Teaching
202
Scholarly Work
213
Our First Year Abroad
240
Assignment in India
259
Center For Advance Study 195758
272
Our Wanderjahr 196263
281
Filming in Eastern Europe
507
China
518
Life After Retirement
561
Epilogue
589
Chapter 24 Chile Documents
593
Chapter 28 Free to Choose Documents
605
Chapter 30 China Documents
609
Notes
619
Bibliography
639
Index
651
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About the author (1999)

An influential leader in the field of economics, Milton Friedman had his humble beginnings in New York City, where he was born in 1912 to poor immigrants. Friedman was educated at Rutgers University. He went on to the University of Chicago to earn his A.M., and to Columbia University, where in 1946 he received his Ph.D. That same year he became professor of economics at the University of Chicago and remained there for 30 years. He was also on the research staff at the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1937-1981. Friedman's greatest work is considered to be A Theory of the Consumption Function, published in 1957. Other books include A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, and The Optimum Quantity of Money and Other Essays. Friedman was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1976.

Rose D. Friedman (1910-2006) was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, She was the author, with her husband Milton Freidman, of two books on economics and public policy, Free to Choose and Tyranny of the Status Quo as well as their memoir, Two Lucky People, which appeared in 1998.

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