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FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose.

Free to Choose. A Personal Statement.

New York & London, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980 Stock Code: 137172
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Inscribed by Milton Friedman on the half-title: "For Victor Ross, who must fight this battle in a less friendly country, Milton Friedman", with Rose Friedman adding her own signature and the date 21 April 1980 underneath. The recipient was Victor Ross (born 1919), a senior executive at Reader's Digest and head of the firm's European division. A quote from Ralph Kinney Bennett's review in Reader's Digest was used on the rear flap of the jacket "Milton Friedman... puts us back in touch with how a free and abundant society can work - if we will let it. This is why he deserved his Nobel Prize in economics, and it is why you should read this book". It was through Victor Ross's Reader's Digest role, while on business in America, that he gained the meeting with the Freidmans and had the book inscribed. Ross was a proponent of free market economics and had done some work with the recently-elected Margaret Thatcher, helping her draft her speeches. Friedman's inscription wishes him well in his espousing of free market principles in Britain, but as he notes, the environment there is less welcoming to their ideas than in the US. The book was acquired by Peter Harrington directly from the recipient.
Free to Choose is the companion book to Friedman's ten-part PBS series of the same title, which investigated various regions, historical events, and social issues from the perspective that Laissez-faire economics is the most effective and fair way to manage societies. The series and book were a response to John Kenneth Galbraith's earlier documentary The Age of Uncertainty, and both proved extremely popular, with the book remaining on the best-seller list for five weeks. This is a later printing of the first edition (code DE on copyright page), published the same year as the first.

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Octavo. Original black quarter cloth, red sides, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.


Spine ends lightly bumped. A very good copy in like jacket, very slightly toned and foxed, tiny nicks at extremities.


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