Amity Shlaes is a syndicated columnist for Bloomberg and a senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations. She was a columnist for the Financial Times and a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, serving as the Journals op-ed editor in the early 1990s. Her work has appeared in National Review, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, the American Spectator, the Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit.
Shlaess books include The Greedy Hand (2000), a national bestseller on tax policy, Germany: The Empire Within (1991), about German national identity, and Turning Intellect to Influence (2004) (co-authored with the late Robert L. Bartley), chronicling the progress of free-market ideas. In 2002 she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize for writing on political economy. Her talk at CMC is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.