"THE LAST ENLIGHTENMENT THINKERS IN A POST-MODERN WORLD": TWO LUCKY PEOPLE, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY ECONOMIST MILTON FRIEDMAN AND SIGNED BY HIS WIFE ROSE
FRIEDMAN, Milton, and FRIEDMAN, Rose D. Two Lucky People: Memoirs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1998). Octavo, original burgundy cloth, original dust jacket. $1650.
First edition, presentation copy, of this memoir by the Nobel Prize-winning economist and his wife Rose, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, inscribed on the half title by Milton Friedman: "For John Bryan, Milton Friedman" and [signed by his wife] "Rose Friedman."
"The Friedmans come across as the last Enlightenment thinkers in a post-modern world. . . This is a book that restores your faith in reasoned discourse. . . There really are people who believe in scholarly exchange as a way to discover truth" (New York Times Book Review). The Friedmans co-authored two books on economics and public policy, Free to Choose (1980) and Tyranny of the Status Quo (1984), and founded the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice to promote the use of school vouchers and freedom of choice in education. This memoir "is almost like a letter from a couple of old friends— a couple of old friends who had a long, compelling intellectual journey, came to know some of the great world leaders of this century, and had 60 years of happy, supportive marriage" (Fortune). This copy is inscribed to John Bryan, the longtime president and CEO of Consolidated Foods (now Sara Lee). According to the Chicago Tribune, Bryan, who was a driving force behind Millennium Park, was a "donor clearinghouse for Chicago arts and culture." A supporter of virtually every Chicago arts organization, Bryan's philanthropy made him an influential force in the city's arts scene.
A fine inscribed copy.