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A Tenured Professor

A Tenured Professor John Kenneth Galbraith s third novel A Tenured Professor is at once an intriguing tale of morality and a comic delight Montgomery Martin a Harvard economics professor creates a stock forecasting m

  • Title: A Tenured Professor
  • Author: John Kenneth Galbraith
  • ISBN: 9780618154555
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Kenneth Galbraith s third novel, A Tenured Professor, is at once an intriguing tale of morality and a comic delight Montgomery Martin, a Harvard economics professor, creates a stock forecasting model, which makes it possible for him to uncover society s hidden agendas Seeking proof that human folly has no limit when motivated by greed, Martin initiates mass hysteriaJohn Kenneth Galbraith s third novel, A Tenured Professor, is at once an intriguing tale of morality and a comic delight Montgomery Martin, a Harvard economics professor, creates a stock forecasting model, which makes it possible for him to uncover society s hidden agendas Seeking proof that human folly has no limit when motivated by greed, Martin initiates mass hysteria that causes investors to assume that up is the only direction Hailed as Galbraith s wisest and wittiest novel New York Times , A Tenured Professor is an impudently satirical tale.

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    1. Steve Kettmann on said:

      This is a remarkable book. I came to it fresh as someone who has not read much JKG and found it's message amazingly timely: It would not be a stretch to say the book predicts the recent financial upheavals. I found the satire deliciously acidic at times and nicely sustained - no one expects JKG to have a full-time novelist's top-to-bottom polish, and he doesn't, but I still found it a delightful read.

    2. Spotsalots on said:

      I'm unsure how I ended up with this novel, which evidently I've had for years unread, but I thought I'd give it a try while in bed with some sort of nasty virus (flu?). It's charming and funny, and, having been written about American economics of the 1980s, proves astonishingly relevant today. I suppose a reader would have to be my age or older to recognize the various references--I know next to nothing about economics but recognized most of what/who was being satirized. In brief, this is the ta [...]

    3. Eric_W on said:

      This quote about sums it up: "Tenure was originally invented to protect radical professors, those who challenged the accepted order. But we don't have such people anymore at the universities, and the reason is tenure. When time comes to grant it nowadays, the radicals get screened out. That's its principal function. It's a very good system, really -- keeps academic life at a decent level of tranquillity."

    4. Holly Jordan on said:

      This book was a fun bit of satire on the markets in the late 80s and early 90s. It suffered particularly from clunky writing at times and problems with timeline and flashbacks. A quick read.

    5. Joanne on said:

      Packed up Kitty Galbraith's papers recently and her son gave us each a copy of his father's only novel

    6. David on said:

      It was ok, a novel by a famous economist about an economics professor at Harvard, and the antics that ensue when he perfects a method of anticipating the direction of stock prices, gets wildly rich using it, and then along with his wife and an eccentric friend uses the wealth to play political hardball on behalf of left-wing causes. Lots of Cambridge, MA-o-centric scene setting and mildly amusing shots at academic/university culture.I picked this up at a university book swap, and it's a quick re [...]

    7. Peter on said:

      Identity Alert: I was a young Harvard economics professor in an office adjacent to John Kenneth Galbraith. This book is Galbraith’s cynical shot at the academy in general, and Harvard in particular, and perhaps at himself in particular. A Harvard professor develops a way to accurately predict the stock market, leading to investigation by the SEC of the possibility that he has engaged in insider trading by using his own self-developed methods. If you are an economist, especially a Harvard econo [...]

    8. Eugenia on said:

      This must have been very funny when it was written, but reading it now, after its most outrageous predictions about "irrationality" in the stock market and our inability to legislate PACs have come to pass, it's uncannily prescient but not amusing. The fact that it's so smart makes me want to read some of his economic tomes. It's a shame he died before the current "behavioral economics" revolution.

    9. Jennifer on said:

      I had to let this one go. I thought it would be a sarcastic peek into academia, and it is thatbut it's also really fiction for economists at its core, and if you don't remember anything about your econ classes from college, much of it makes no sense at all. Too bad. If I were going to recommend a good book about the university tenure race, I would recommend "MOO" by Jane Smileya book that made me laugh out loud!

    10. Rick on said:

      Published in 1990, this book is not "timeless." I should have known how dated it would be when I read the following in the preface: "As this book goes to press, the President and the Congress of the United States are contemplating reform as regards Political Action Committees, the PACs. Whatever the outcome, the solution here offered is preferred." Let's just say that Galbraith's "solution" did not prevail.

    11. Nan Williams on said:

      Very cute. Satirical. Enjoyable. Quick romp through Harvard and through US economics of the 80s.My only real question is how come this was a new [hardback] book at my public library when it was published 25 years ago. I looked to see if it had been re-published, but didn't see where it had.It reminded me a lot of one of my favorites, "The Rosie Project," but wasn't nearly so good.

    12. Mary-Ann on said:

      A short satire written by the noted Keynesian economist Galbraith that pokes fun at two of my favorite topics for lampooning: academic snobbery and investment folly. You can tell Galbraith isn't a novelist at heart, but he manages to keep the plot moving anyhow.

    13. Ci on said:

      This book foresaw the coming of behavioral investing. Very cleverly written although the marriage relationship of the main characters are just sketches; it seems that the author wanted to do something about it, but in the end gave up and left it in its unfinished form.

    14. Erin on said:

      Surprisingly funny and brutally honest look at wealth and power among the American elite during the Reagan era that (unfortunately) could have been written today. And you do NOT need knowledge of economics nor academia to appreciate Galbraith's satirical genius.

    15. Lindsay on said:

      Really liked the one-liners about academia. Did not understand most of the economics lingo.

    16. Rebekkila on said:

      I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/11285112

    17. Janet on said:

      This book had been on my list forever. Economics, politics and finance are not my favorite topics. But what an interesting story of the greedy protecting their flanks.

    18. Thor on said:

      Great start and premise. I enjoyed the tone and the characters. But to truly enjoy this book, one must need to also enjoy economics and finance, neither of which are my cup of tea.

    19. gaudeo on said:

      Academic satire. Mildly funny. A great book for economics fans, especially those with ties to academia.

    20. Sarah on said:

      Reminded me of a Christopher Buckley book smart, sarcastic commentary of academia that is still completely relevant today.

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