An American Dilemma. The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. With the Assistance of Richard Sterner and Arnold Rose.

MYRDAL Gunnar (1944. [1947].)

£850.00  [First Edition]

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First edition, early printing with code 'B-W', one-volume issue. 8vo. lix, [1], 1483, [1] pp. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket (internally clean and unmarked; some light shelf wear to extremities of jacket, minor chipping to tips of spine panel, notwithstanding an excellent copy). New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers.

The best-known and most influential work by the Nobel prize winning Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal, a monumental study of race relations in America commissioned by the Carnegie Institute. The project drew on sociological, economic, anthropological and legal data, to enquire into the 'American Dilemma,' the sharp contrast between high ideals and the failure to deliver basic human rights in the 80 years since the Civil War.

The first edition was published in two separate issues bound in one-volume and in two-volumes that appeared simultaneously. The present one-volume edition is particularly hard to find in collectible condition, being prone to buckle under its own weight and often encountered with split hinges.

Myrdal shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with Friedrich Hayek in 1974, for 'pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena.'

Stock Code: 244114

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