What do Nike athletic shoes, Celestial Seasonings teas, and Nanny Pop-Ins child care services all have in common? All three spring from the entrepreneurial spirit of America's new breed of achievers. Donald Lambro celebrates these entrepreneurs in Land of Opportunity (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 176 pp., $17.95). He tells us why they have flourished and why our future prosperity may be jeopardized by big government.
Alvin Rabushka compares the economic policies of mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in The New China (San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute, and Boulder, Co.: Westview Press, 254 pp., $12.95 paper). He contrasts the free-market policies of Hong Kong and Taiwan with the central-planning regime in China under Mao Zedong and considers prospects for economic prosperity under the new, liberalized policies of Deng Ziaoping.
A major two-volume history, The British Political Tradition (London and New York: Methuen, 336 pp./578 pp., $55.00/$59.95), by W.H. Greenleaf, provides a look at the major currents in British politics over the past 150 years and argues that British political life since the 19th century has been dominated by expansion of the role of government.
For many of us Albert Einstein represents the quintessential grand scientific intellectual. In Albert Einstein: Letters to Solovine (New York: Philosophical Library, 159 pp., $9.95 paper) we glimpse the character of this brilliant and warm scientist who is at once lively and somber, humble and proud.
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