Books: Citizen Ken

A LIFE IN OUR TIMES by John Kenneth Galbraith Houghton Mifflin; 563 pages; $16.95

This affluent society has two celebrity economists. Milton Friedman is the short conservative one. The other, of course, is the 6-ft. 8-in. liberal John Kenneth Galbraith. The styles of these distinguished gentlemen also differ greatly. Wreathed in affability, Friedman delivers the chilly news that life is not fair. In contrast, Galbraith assumes the demeanor of a hanging judge and drolly intimates that life does not have to be as unfair as Professor Friedman says it is.

No one has ever accused Galbraith, 72, of...

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