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Amity Shlaes


Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes is an American author and columnist from New York, who writes about politics and economics. She served as director of the 4% Growth Project, a key economic initiative of the George W. Bush Institute.

Shlaes married fellow journalist Seth Lipsky in 1998. They have 4 children.

Amity Shlaes

Books by Amity Shlaes

by Amity Shlaes - History, Nonfiction, Politics

Contemporary Americans share many of the concerns that bedeviled Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and their voters. Racial differences, economic opportunity and outcomes, abuse of political power, and establishment corruption trouble us now just as these issues preoccupied the nation then. Yet today, poverty remains intractable and is actually growing, and the costs of programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are spiraling as the number of people claiming benefits grows. The question the Great Society tried to answer remains the same: how can we build a better future for all Americans? Shlaes contends that only an understanding of the historical record can make optimism --- and practical solutions --- possible.

by Amity Shlaes - History, Nonfiction, Political Science

In GREAT SOCIETY, Amity Shlaes argues that just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal overshadowed a generation of forgotten men, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society gave rise to a silent majority, a coterie of dispossessed citizens --- made famous by Richard Nixon and celebrated by Donald Trump --- who rejected what they saw as the federal government’s overreach. Drawing on her classic economic expertise and deep historical knowledge, Shlaes challenges the traditional narrative of 1960s America and Johnson’s experiment, recasting the story of the Great Society as a tale of hubris that remains consequential for America fifty years later.

by Amity Shlaes - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president.