A Turning Point in American Economics — Amity Shlaes
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It's economic history like you've never read it ... In her latest book, Great Society, bestselling author Amity Shlaes describes a turning point in American economics. In the 1960s, a war on poverty began with good intentions. But what was hoped to be a resounding success became a messy, ineffective failure. Shlaes discusses Great Society, government overreach and the New Deal with host Charles Mizrahi.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to Amity Shlaes (00:00:00)
  • A Bipartisan Story (00:03:27)
  • The New Deal (00:07:02)
  • Johnson and the Great Society (00:18:38)
  • A Housing Project Gone Wrong (00:21:02)
  • Unintended Consequences (00:30:34)
  • Great Society: A New History (00:39:13)

Guest Bio:

Amity Shlaes is a New York Times bestselling author, columnist and chair of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Shlaes’ exceptional works of nonfiction describe various historical figures and pivotal periods of American history. And you can find a list of these bestsellers below. In addition, Shlaes is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Hayek Prize and the Frederic Bastiat Prize. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2021 Bradley Prize.

Resources Mentioned:

·      Great Society: A New History

·      The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

·      Coolidge

·      The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy

·      Coolidgefoundation.org



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