Book review: Charles Camic, Veblen: The Making of an Economist Who Unmade Economics (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA 2020) 492 pp.
  • 1 Keene State College, NH, USA

Despite sustained scholarly engagement with his ideas, few comprehensive intellectual biographies of Veblen have appeared in the near-century since his death. The reasons for this, and the attendant difficulty of the task – the absence of any archival collection of Veblen’s notes or correspondence, or, as a substitute, the direct access to Veblen’s contemporaries afforded to his first biographer, Joseph Dorfman – are clear. The difficulty in extracting fresh insight from such well-worn source material is readily admitted by Charles Camic. Still, his ambitious and persuasive biography seeks to recast our image of Veblen in two principal ways. Camic is

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