‘This wise and lucid guide to pluralism in economics embodies the values of its cause. Generous, open-minded, fair, accurate and accessible: John Harvey's new book is a fine achievement that every economics major should read.’
– James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin, US
‘Fifty years ago I used Robert L. Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers to get students excited about economics. Today I would use John T. Harvey's Contending Perspectives in Economics. The book is beautifully written and full of insights into who economists are and why they think the way they do.’
– Paul D. Bush, California State University, US
‘Economics is a mess. Oppositional clans (“schools”), pseudo-science, corruption of various kinds and relentless disdain for the real-world predominate. If you are thinking of entering this war-zone, then reading John Harvey’s Contending Perspectives in Economics is your best bet for retaining your intellectual health.’
– Edward Fullbrook, University of the West of England, UK
'I just finished reading the book! I feel like I learned so much from it, and not just in terms of the information itself. As I read, it stimulated so much thought I found myself writing many pages on things I'd never even thought about!'
– Marcus Schiebold, Economics Undergraduate Student, University of North Texas, US