First Edition of An American Dilemma "the most penetrating and important book on contemporary American civilization"; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Gunnar Myrdal

  • An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy.

An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy.


Item Number: 1406

New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1944.

First edition in one volume of the economist’s magnum opus. Thick octavo, original green cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Signed and dated by Gunnar Myrdal in 1965. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear and chips to the extremities.

An American Dilemma is a means to learn much about the present from reading about the past. This landmark study of America’s relationship with its African member show how far America has come as a country of freedom, and it is"[o]ne of the best political commentaries on American life that has ever been written" (The American Political Science Review). Myrdal shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with Friedrich Hayek in 1974, for their "pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena."

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