Friedrich Hayek by Alan Ebenstein
A Biography

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This book tells the story of one of the most important public figures of the twentieth century. It is the first full biography of Friedrich Hayek, the Austrian economist who became, over the course of a remarkable career, the great philosopher of liberty in our time. In this richly detailed portrait, Alan Ebenstein chronicles the life, works, and legacy of a visionary thinker, from Hayek's early years as the scholarly son of a physician in fin-de-siecle Vienna on an increasingly wider world as an economist and political philosopher in Londom, New York, and Chicago. Ebenstein gives a balanced, integrated account of Hayek's extordinary diverse body of work, from his fist encounter with the free market ideas of mentor Ludwig Von Mises to his magisterial writings in later life on the legal, political, ethical, and economic requirements of a free society. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1974, Hayek's vision of a renewed classical liberalism-of free markets and free ideas in free societies-has taken hold in much of the world. Alan Ebanstein's clearly written account is an essential starting point for anyone seeking to understand why Hayek's ideas have become the guiding force of our time. His illuminating portrait of Hayek the man brings to new life the spirit of a great scholar and tenacious advocate who has become, in Peter Drucker's words, "our time's preeminent social philosopher."
 

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Alan Ebenstein is a professor of economics and political theory. He is the author of several books.
 
Published March 21, 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Born into a noble Austrian family in 1899 (he dropped the “von” upon becoming a British subject), Hayek studied economics at the University of Vienna and came under the influence of Ludwig von Mises, the hyper-rationalist libertarian theorist who led the anti-Marxist “Austrian school” of economics.

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Covering much of Hayek's philosophy beyond his continuing currency in monetary and trade cycle theory, this volume serves as an illuminating supplement to Ebenstein's previous book.""Nobody can be a great economist who is only an economist,"" Hayek remarked, and Ebenstein elaborates on this asser...

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Ebenstein does not shy away from Hayek's single-mindedness: in a telling quotation, Hayek admits that when reading the work of others, ""that part of the argument which is not sympathetic to me, I pass over."" In the brief postscript, Ebenstein, author and coauthor of several books on political a...

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Ebenstein tries, with some success, to evoke the atmosphere of Vienna and its famous university, and he provides many details of Hayek's childhood and early adult life, taken from unpublished autobiographical notes and those published in Hayek on Hayek (1994) as well as the interviews Hayek gave ...

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Ebenstein tries, with some success, to evoke the atmosphere of Vienna and its famous university, and he provides many details of Hayek's childhood and early adult life, taken from unpublished autobiographical notes and those published in Hayek on Hayek (1994) as well as the interviews Hayek gave ...

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