The Wall Street Journal contained an excellent piece on economist John Kenneth Galbraith this weekend. What made it better was that it was written by James Grant. The piece marks the publication of the Library of America's collection of Galbriath' major works. It looks like an impressive collection. And Grant does a very good job explaining why Galbraith was popular, as well as what was wanting in his work.
Of additional worth is the excellent reading list Grant provides on related topics - particularly the Great Depression. I highly recommend the article if you would like an introduction to "the non-economist's economist." And if you would know Galbraith better, I would think the collection would be a good place to start.