OCTOBER 30, 2000
ECONOMICS


Karel van Wolferen


BORN
1941, Rotterdam.

EARLY YEARS
The oldest of four. Father supervised deliveries for a bakery. Parents sent him to Dutch Reformed Calvinist Church.

EDUCATION
Graduated from a high school whose name he can't remember.

FIRST JOB
Teaching English in Istanbul.

CURRENT JOB
Professor, University of Amsterdam.

HOBBY
Large-format photography.

BIGGEST AWARD
The Netherlands Prize for Daily Journalism (equivalent of a U.S. Pulitzer).

MOST INFLUENTIAL AUTHORS
Arthur Koestler, George Orwell.

LAST-READ BOOKS
The Crisis of Vision in Modern Economic Thought by Robert Heilbroner and William Milberg and Moral Wisdom and Good Lives by John Kekes.

FAMILY
Wife Eithne Jones, from Ireland, runs her own speakers bureau. No children.

BOOKS WRITTEN FOR JAPANESE MARKET
-- The False Realities of a Politicized Society, 1994. 300,000 copies.
-- Guarding the Guardians, 1996. 50,000 copies.
-- Why Can't the Japanese Love Japan? 1998. 80,000 copies.
-- Bourgeoisie--The Missing Element in Japanese Political Culture, 1999. 50,000 copies.



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