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Before the 1960s, American politicians had never paid much attention to economists. But as the post-World War II economic boom began to sputter, economists gained influence and power.

In The Economists' Hour, an original history of ideas and unforgettable portrait of a revolution, Binyamin Appelbaum traces the rise of the economists, first in the United States and then around the globe, as their ideas reshaped the modern world, curbing government, unleashing corporations and hastening globalization.

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