The Essential Gunnar Myrdal

A comprehensive introduction to the world-renowned social scientist’s political thought

“What we need today is a courage of desperation which all the time seeks and exposes the cold and full truth. . . . That courage urges us to fight on, against all odds, for the better world we want and can create. Man does determine his destiny. This I firmly believe.” —Gunnar Myrdal

Nobel Prize winner Gunnar Myrdal is best known for his book An American Dilemma, a classic study of America’s racial problems that was chosen as one of The Modern Library’s top 100 nonfiction books of the twentieth century.

The Essential Gunnar Myrdal covers the full range of Myrdal’s writing, much of which has never been published in book form. It includes his early essays on economics, his thoughts on the population explosion, his discussions of the question of value in the social sciences, and excerpts from Asian Drama, his monumental study of the development of Asia.

The newest edition in The New Press’s Essential series, the book includes extensive commentary by the editors as well as an introduction by Sissela Bok, who is Myrdal’s daughter and author of the acclaimed Lying and Secrets.