Kim Phillips-Fein teaches American history at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She is the author of Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal, and is working on a history of the New York City fiscal crisis of the 1970s.
Thirty-eight years ago, New York City almost went bankrupt. Then as now, conservatives took a hardline stance.
Angus Burgin revisits Friedrich Hayek’s Mont Pelerin Society in The Great Persuasion.
Nearly forty years after Ford told New York to drop dead, the city is still here—but forever changed.
Moral indignation is no longer enough to combat the power of Big Oil.
John Kenneth Galbraith was a satirist of economics as much as a practitioner of it.
Traditionalists are at war with free-marketers, and the far right's resentment is deepening. Is conservatism dead?
A biography of Robert Clifton Weaver traces the life and times of an often misunderstood urban reformer.
Amity Schlaes's history of the Great Depression is nothing less than an attempt to reclaim the 1930s for the free market.
Two new books seek to galvanize progressives at a key political moment: Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal and Jonathan Chait's The Big Con.