History’s Rehabilitation of America’s Greatest Early Economist
Henry George was the greatest, most famous and most rejected of early American economists. Without formal education he trained himself in classical economics and developed a theory of a “single tax” suggestive of the work of the earlier French Economists. Academic economists of his day rejected his work, but it enjoyed great public popularity in the United States, Europe, Australia and other places. He was more widely read than any other early American economist. History has seen his rehabilitation at the hand of modern economists who have reviewed and analyzed his work in great detail. There is much specialized literature on many specific facets and aspects of George’s work, but we lack a book which provides an overview of George’s economics and of this historic rehabilitation. This brief book attempts to fill that gap.