Samuel Brittan has been one of the Financial Times' leading columnists for nearly thirty years. He has also advised numerous Chancellors of the Exchequer on economic policy. Against the Flow collects the most important of these writings from the last three decades. Brittan has established a reputation for elegance of expression, trenchant analysis and tremendous range of reference. All three qualities are powerfully apparent in this collection, as he ranges over the arms trade and US military (which he opposes); the expansion of free markets and a basic income for all (which he supports), as wall as the war on terror, The book also includes his pungent portraits of some heroes and villans, including Keynes, Milton Friedman & Taken together the pieces in Against the Flow amount to a robust defence of classic liberalism.
Sir Samuel Brittan is a columnist at the Financial Times, for which he has been writing since 1966. His most recent books include Capitalism With A Human Face and Essays, Moral, Political and Economic. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge; an Hon and has been visiting Professor at the Chicago Law School, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an Honorary Professor of Politics at Warwick. He has been awarded the George Orwell, Senior Harold Wincott and Ludwig Erhard prizes and was a member of the Peacock Committee on the Finance of the BBC (1985-86). He was knighted in 1993 for "services to economic journalism" and also became that year a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.