Amity Shlaes


Amity Ruth Shlaes (/ʃleɪs/;[1] born September 10, 1960) is a conservative American author and newspaper and magazine columnist. Shlaes writes about politics and economics from a classical liberal perspective.[2] Shlaes has authored five books, including three New York Times Bestsellers. She currently chairs the board of trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation[3] and serves as a Presidential Scholar at The King's College in New York City. She is a recipient of the Bastiat Prize.

Books and other writings

Germany: The Empire Within

Shlaes's first book was Germany: The Empire Within, about German national identity at the time of reunification. She has also written articles about this time period, including a piece in The New Yorker on the Deutsche mark and the euro.[16]

The Greedy Hand

She followed that book with The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy and What to Do About It. It was a national bestseller.[17] Fred Goldberg, a former IRS Commissioner, called it "a terrific book on the history of politics and taxing in America ... a must read—whether you come from the left, right, or mushy middle."[18] Steve Forbes described The Greedy Hand as "the economic bible for those who believe in growth".[18]

The Forgotten Man

Shlaes's next book, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, was published in 2007 and was a study of the Great Depression in the United States and the New Deal. This book argues that both Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt promoted economic policies that were counterproductive, prolonged the Great Depression, and established a modern "entitlement trap." The Forgotten Man was a New York Times bestseller for 19 weeks, with over 250,000 copies in print. It has also been published in German, Italian, Korean, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.