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The Listener’s Hour

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Books like The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets and the Fracture of Society (Little Brown, 2019), by Binyamin Appelbaum, of The New York Times, don’t come along very often. Tyler Cowen, the peripatetic George Mason University professor, says he read the whole thing in one sitting. It took me three days, but the impulse was the same. I picked it up every chance I got. When I had finished, I read its ninety pages of endnotes one after another, as if it were a second book, only slightly less interesting than the first. Why? Well, Appelbaum is a careful