Stock Image
Self-Inflicted Wounds; From LBJ's Guns and Butter to Reagan's Voodoo Economics: Rowen, ...

Self-Inflicted Wounds; From LBJ's Guns and Butter to Reagan's Voodoo Economics

Rowen, Hobart

0 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0812918649 / ISBN 13: 9780812918649
Published by Times Books Random House, New York, 1994
Condition: Very good Hardcover
From Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since August 14, 1998 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Quantity Available: 2

Buy Used
Price: US$ 45.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 5.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

xvi, 447, [1] pages. Notes, Bibliography, index, Presentation copy signed by the author. DJ has a small spine tear at front and minor other wear and soiling. Washington Post columnist Hobart Rowen helped expand the scope of newspaper business pages beyond local news to the world economy - without losing sight of what it all meant to the average reader. "Bart taught a generation of business journalists how to cover economic policy in a more sophisticated way," said David Ignatius, Post assistant managing editor for business news. Rowen's column was nationally syndicated. Rowen covered the economic policies of presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Clinton. Rowen began his professional career as a copy boy for the New York Journal of Commerce and rose to Washington correspondent in 1941. He became Washington correspondent and then an editor for Newsweek magazine, where he wrote his first syndicated column in 1960. Derived from a Kirkus review: Rowen attributes America's economic decline not to unfair trading practices by Japan or other external factors. Rowen examines the men and women who have made economic policy since the Johnson administration. Emerging from WW II as the only country with an industrial base untouched by war, the US was the most powerful nation on earth. Then, from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, it went from the world's largest creditor to its largest debtor. The current crisis, he argues, was initiated by Johnson's Vietnam adventure, which crippled the Great Society and set up a virulent inflationary cycle in its attempt to have both guns and butter. The blunders of LBJ gave way to Nixon's disastrous wage- and price- control attempts. Ford and Carter were nothing short of inept. By far his harshest criticism is leveled at Reagan's ``voodoo economics.'' Rowen's also gives readers a poignant mini-memoir about the life of a newspaperman covering the powerful. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 13285

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Self-Inflicted Wounds; From LBJ's Guns and ...

Publisher: Times Books Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Bill Snead (author photo)

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title

Synopsis:

Provides an analysis of the events and personalities that have shaped America's economy since 1960 and furnishes profiles of such policymakers as LBJ, Volcker, Nixon, Carter, and others

From Kirkus Reviews:

Strong language and strong medicine about the decline of the American economy, but marred by overwrought prose and Monday- morning quarterbacking. Rowen, a columnist for the Washington Post, attributes America's economic decline not to unfair trading practices by Japan or other external factors. It is, he says, a case of ``self- strangulation.'' Rowen examines the men and women who have made economic policy since the Johnson administration. Without attributing any venality (other than perhaps the playing of partisan politics) and admitting that people did the best they could, he nonetheless does assign blame for the low economic state to which the nation has sunk. Emerging from WW II as the only country with an industrial base untouched by war, the US was the most powerful nation on earth. Then, from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, it went from the world's largest creditor to its largest debtor. Rowen ignores JFK, whom he knew personally and who arguably set in motion events leading to the problems Rowen cites. The current crisis, he argues, was initiated by Johnson's Vietnam adventure, which crippled the Great Society and set up a virulent inflationary cycle in its attempt to have both guns and butter. The blunders of LBJ gave way to Nixon's disastrous wage- and price- control attempts, and the abandonment of the gold standard. Ford and Carter were hamstrung by OPEC and were, according to the author, nothing short of inept. By far his harshest criticism is leveled at Reagan's ``voodoo economics,'' with its vain hope that wealth would trickle down from the top. Rowen also attacks Congress, describing it as spineless. For the future, he says, Americans will have to adjust to the economic rise of Asia, focus on high-tech industries, and become less greedy. Rowen's case is compelling, if not totally convincing. He also gives readers a poignant mini-memoir about the life of a newspaperman covering the powerful. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Founded and operated by trained historians, Ground Zero Books, Ltd., serves the book collector, the scholar, and institutions. We focus on the individual, and pride ourselves on our personal service. Please contact us with your wants, as we have many books not yet listed in our database.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Books are subject to prior sale. Please ask us to hold a book for you before you
mail your check. Books are returnable within 7 days, if not satisfactory. MD
residents add 6% state sales tax.
The mailing address for Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (a subchapter-S corporation) is
P.O. Box 8369, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8369. You can reach us by phone at 301-
585-1471, by fax at 301-920-0253, or by e-mail at gzbooksltd@aol.com. Ground Zero
Books, Ltd., is owned & operated by R. Alan Lewis & Lynne Haims.


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books
weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact
you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal Invoice