INSCRIBED BY NOBEL LAUREATE ROBERT W. FOGEL
FOGEL, Robert W. and ENGERMAN, Stanley L. The Reinterpretation of American Economic History. New York: Harper & Row, 1971. Octavo, original gray cloth. $850.
First edition of a "very valuable" collection of 36 essays edited by Nobel Award-winning economist Fogel and fellow economist Engerman, who earlier co-authored the controversial work on American slavery, Time on the Cross (1974), this copy signed on the title page by Fogel with his date of "3/13/13." Containing seven essays published here for the first time, and featuring three essays by Fogel, two co-authored by Fogel and Engerman, and three essays by Douglass C. North, who won the 1973 Nobel Prize in Economics with Fogel.
Edited by Nobel Award-winning economist Robert Fogel and his colleague Stanley Engerman, Reinterpretation of American Economic History is "a very valuable book… bringing together a selection of articles using theory and statistics to investigate U.S. economic history" (Economic Journal 82:772). Its 36 essays, seven never before published, expand upon the controversial terrain of their pioneering 1974 work, Time on the Cross, which won praise for attacking "the methods and conclusions of traditional scholarship" on American slavery (New York Times). Featured are three works by Fogel, including the lead essay, "The New Economic History: Its Findings and Methods," along with two co-authored by Fogel and Engerman, including the previously unpublished "Economics of Slavery." Also featured are two essays by Engerman, including the previously unpublished "Human Capital, Education and Economic Growth," as well as two essays by Douglass C. North, who was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Economics with Fogel. Many of essays "are iconoclastic… designed to replace some long-standing view of American economic development by its antithesis." As Daniel Boorstin notes in his introduction, this work fundamentally enlarges "our understanding of the American past." "First Edition" stated on copyright page; full number line printed at rear. As issued without dust jacket. Containing essays previously appearing in journals such as The William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of Economic History and Journal of Political Economy.
Interior fresh, only lightest rubbing to cloth. A scarce inscribed copy in fine condition.