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The big myth : how American business taught us to loathe government and love the free market  Cover Image Book Book

The big myth : how American business taught us to loathe government and love the free market / Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway.

Oreskes, Naomi, (author.). Conway, Erik M., 1965- (author.).


In the early 20th century, business elites, trade associations, wealthy powerbrokers, and media allies set out to build a new American orthodoxy: down with "big government" and up with unfettered markets. With startling archival evidence, Oreskes and Conway document campaigns to rewrite textbooks, combat unions, and defend child labor. They detail the ploys that turned hardline economists Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman into household names; recount the libertarian roots of the Little House on the Prairie books; and tune into the General Electric-sponsored TV show that beamed free-market doctrine to millions and launched Ronald Reagan's political career.

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  • ISBN: 1635573572
  • ISBN: 9781635573572
  • Physical Description: ix, 565 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 430-546) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The social costs of capitalism -- Power plays and propaganda -- Fighting the New Deal -- The tripod of freedom -- "A stringent, crystalline vision of the free market" -- The big myth goes West -- A questionable gospel -- No more Grapes of Wrath -- Steering the Chicao School -- The American road to serfdom -- A love story about capitalism -- The dawn of deregulation -- Magical thinking -- Apotheosis -- The high cost of the "free" market -- Conclusion.
Subject: Big business > United States > History.
Corporate power > United States.
Business and politics > United States.
Capitalism > United States.
Free enterprise > United States.
United States > Economic policy > History.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 330.973 ORESKES 2023 (Text) 0001012499477 Nonfiction New Checked out 04/12/2023

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