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The Conscience of a Liberalby Paul R. Krugman
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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
"The most consistent and courageous'"and unapologetic'"liberal partisan in American journalism." '"Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books
A leading economist surveys eighty years of American history to illuminate how efforts to balance economic inequality have been set back since the 1970s, in a critical analysis that cites the challenges being faced by today's middle class and calls for new perspectives about American social policy. 150,000 first printing.
Today's most widely read economist challenges America to reclaim the values that made it great. Here he 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 woven 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, may transform the debate about American social policy.--From publisher description.
About the Author
Paul Krugmanis the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. He writes a twice-weekly op-ed column for the New York Timesand a blog named for his 2007 book, The Conscience of a Liberal. He teaches economics at Princeton University.
Table of Contents
The way we were — The long Gilded Age — The great compression — The politics of the welfare state — The sixties : a troubled prosperity — Movement conservatism — The great divergence — The politics of inequality — Weapons of mass distraction — The new politics of equality — The health care imperative — Confronting inequality — The conscience of a liberal.
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