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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, "the heir apparent to Galbraith" (Alan Blinder) and, 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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"Though an economist by training, Krugman is now an op-ed columnist by vocation. This book shows his increasing tendency to see events through the lens of politics rather than economics. The root cause of rising inequality in the United States, he argues, is political: The GOP has been taken over by bitterly partisan 'movement conservatives' who believe the welfare state is illegitimate and have undermined... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Readers interested in understanding liberalism's decline and radical conservatism's rise can find better books. But those who turn to Mr. Krugman to understand what's unjust about the United States economy, and why it doesn't have to be this way, will be amply rewarded." Peter Beinart, New York Times

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"In this ought-to-read for both liberals (many of whom aren't as bright as Krugman) and conservatives (same reason), he displays another gift of great scholars and journalists: pulverizing conventional wisdom." Boston Globe

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"[A] book that spends most of its pages making the case for why former first lady Hillary Clinton got it right eight years ago when she railed against 'a vast right-wing conspiracy.'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"Like the rants of Rush Limbaugh or the films of Michael Moore, Krugman's shrill polemic may hearten the faithful, but it will do little to persuade the unconvinced or to advance the national discussion of the important issues it addresses." David M. Kennedy, New York Times

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The renowned and often controversial columnist for the New York Times talks about how he became the last liberal standing in the mainstream capitalist media, and how he goes about his work. Newspaper columns generally require him to look at issues and trends through the lens of a particular recent event, but here he offers broader perspectives, particularly on equality and the lack of it in various aspects of US society. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This original new volume by the bestselling author of The Great Unraveling challenges America to reclaim the values that have made it great. Krugman weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis.

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'\'\\\"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:

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.

Synopsis:

In this "clear, provocative" (Boston Globe) New York Timesbestseller, 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 10, 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:
9780393060690
Author:
Krugman, Paul
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Equality
Subject:
Income distribution
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States Social policy.
Subject:
Policy
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393060690 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Readers interested in understanding liberalism's decline and radical conservatism's rise can find better books. But those who turn to Mr. Krugman to understand what's unjust about the United States economy, and why it doesn't have to be this way, will be amply rewarded."
"Review" by , "In this ought-to-read for both liberals (many of whom aren't as bright as Krugman) and conservatives (same reason), he displays another gift of great scholars and journalists: pulverizing conventional wisdom."
"Review" by , "[A] book that spends most of its pages making the case for why former first lady Hillary Clinton got it right eight years ago when she railed against 'a vast right-wing conspiracy.'"
"Review" by , "Like the rants of Rush Limbaugh or the films of Michael Moore, Krugman's shrill polemic may hearten the faithful, but it will do little to persuade the unconvinced or to advance the national discussion of the important issues it addresses."
"Synopsis" by , This original new volume by the bestselling author of The Great Unraveling challenges America to reclaim the values that have made it great. Krugman weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis.
"Synopsis" by , '\'\\\"The most consistent and courageous\\\'\\\"and unapologetic\\\'\\\"liberal partisan in American journalism.\\\" \\\'\\\"Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books\\n

\''

"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , In this "clear, provocative" (Boston Globe) New York Timesbestseller, 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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