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This wholly original new work by the best-selling author of The Great Unraveling challenges America to reclaim the values that made it great.

With this major new volume, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a new New Deal, Krugman has created his finest book to date, a work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis. This book, written with Krugman's trademark ability to explain complex issues simply, will transform the debate about American social policy in much the same way as did John Kenneth Galbraith's deeply influential book, The Affluent Society.

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"The most consistent and courageous — and unapologetic — liberal partisan in American journalism." Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books

Synopsis:

'\"The most consistent and courageous\'\"and unapologetic\'\"liberal partisan in American journalism.\" \'\"Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books\n

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Synopsis:

"The most consistent and courageous--and unapologetic--liberal partisan in American journalism." --Michael Tomasky,

Synopsis:

In this "clear, provocative" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestseller, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, examines the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age and the 1920s to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his finest book to date, a "stimulating manifesto" offering "a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny" (Publishers Weekly).

"As Democrats seek a rationale not merely for returning to power, but for fundamentally changing--or changing back--the relationship between America's government and its citizens, Mr. Krugman's arguments will prove vital in the months and years ahead." --Peter Beinart, New York Times

About the Author

Paul Krugman writes a twice-weekly column for the op-ed page of the New York Times. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal who was also named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine, he teaches economics at Princeton University.

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rcurrie, November 2, 2008 (view all comments by rcurrie)
The last three decades have managed to make liberal a dirty word, so much so that it's a wonder anyone would title a book, "The Conscience of a Liberal." This has occurred even as movement conservatives (Krugman's term) continue to whine about a liberal bias in the media. What a preposterous claim! In any event, Krugman lays out a clear analysis of economic policy during the last hundred years or so. He demonstrates quite convincingly how economic policy has shaped our society. The so called Gilded Age produced great inequality rivaled only by the growing inequality we have witnessed these last thirty years or so. He outlines concisely how FDR's New Deal helped create the large American middle class that grew following World War II and into the fifties and sixties. He suggests that liberals should create a national health care system (we're the only developed nation without one) as the core of a second New Deal designed to restore the American middle class (gee whiz, that sounds truly 'conservative') to its prior standing. Now that our economic system has virtually imploded again, and as we elect a new president, Krugman's narrative is particularly compelling. It illustrates the real choice between an economic policy that will result in increasing inequality and one that seeks to maximize the well being of the greatest number of people. The book does clarify the context in which we've been living in a way that elections and editorial pages have failed miserably to do. I would urge readers to read "The Conscience of a Liberal" as it will help make sense of where we've been and illuminate a possible path towards greater prosperity. I had the good fortune to finish the book on an overnight backpack on the Jim Weaver Loop around Waldo Lake . What a breath of fresh air indeed!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393333138
Author:
Krugman, Paul
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Economics - Macroeconomics
Subject:
Policy
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States Social policy.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.26x5.50x.78 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393333138 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The most consistent and courageous — and unapologetic — liberal partisan in American journalism."
"Synopsis" by , '\"The most consistent and courageous\'\"and unapologetic\'\"liberal partisan in American journalism.\" \'\"Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books\n

'

"Synopsis" by , "The most consistent and courageous--and unapologetic--liberal partisan in American journalism." --Michael Tomasky,
"Synopsis" by , In this "clear, provocative" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestseller, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, examines the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age and the 1920s to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his finest book to date, a "stimulating manifesto" offering "a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny" (Publishers Weekly).

"As Democrats seek a rationale not merely for returning to power, but for fundamentally changing--or changing back--the relationship between America's government and its citizens, Mr. Krugman's arguments will prove vital in the months and years ahead." --Peter Beinart, New York Times

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