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We could have prevented this economic free-fall, Paul Krugman believes. He wrote the first edition of The Return of Depression Economics in response to the Asian crisis of the 1990s, which he saw as a warning to economies around the world. Now Krugman has revised and expanded the original work to explain our current state of affairs; he also addresses how to contain the situation before it gets worse. Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Krugman is arguably our best guide to the subject; he's certainly the most accessible. ("Don't expect a solemn, dignified book," he warns in the introduction.)
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We could have prevented this economic free-fall, Paul Krugman believes. He wrote the first edition of The Return of Depression Economics in response to the Asian crisis of the 1990s, which he saw as a warning to economies around the world. Now Krugman has revised and expanded the original work to explain our current state of affairs; he also addresses how to contain the situation before it gets worse. Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Krugman is arguably our best guide to the subject; he's certainly the most accessible. ("Don't expect a solemn, dignified book," he warns in the introduction.)
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"'We sometimes, for example, hear it said,' writes John Stuart Mill in his Principles of Political Economy, 'that governments ought to confine themselves to affording protection against force and fraud'; that people should otherwise be 'free agents, able to take care of themselves.' But why, he asks, considering all the 'other evils' of a market society, should people not be more widely protected by government — that is, 'by their own collective strength'? Much like Mill, Paul Krugman likes capitalism's innovations but not its crises and thinks that government has a duty to facilitate the former and protect us from the latter. He doubts that citizens will get much protection from moguls — or from most economists, for that matter — unless we trouble to grasp how the whole intricate game works, so that our legislators will form a consensus about how to regulate it. Mill supposed that we needed to see 'the Dynamics of political economy,' not just 'the Statics.' Krugman knows we need Liquidity Traps for Dummies." Bernard Avishai, The Nation (read the entire Nation review)

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In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession. Brilliantly crafted in Krugman's trademark style 'lucid, lively, and supremely informed', this new edition of The Return of Depression Economicswill become an instant cornerstone of the debate over how to respond to the crisis.

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In 1975, when I first arrived in Washington to work as a Senate staffer, I was taken aback by a comment from the economist Arthur Okun at a congressional hearing. Inflation was then gaining momentum. Okun, one of the most distinguished U.S. economic thinkers, bluntly admitted that we don't understand inflation — and never have.

Rarely before or since has Washington witnessed such... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Our newest Nobel Prize-winning economist shows how today"s crisis parallels the events that caused the Great Depression'"and explains what it will take to avoid catastrophe.

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Surely the Great Depression could never happen again.

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The New York Timesbestseller: the Nobel Prize'"winning economist shows how today"s crisis parallels the Great Depression'"and explains how to avoid catastrophe. With a new foreword for this paperback edition.

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Our newest Nobel Prize-winning economist shows how today's crisis parallels the events that caused the Great Depression--and explains what it will take to avoid catastrophe.

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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

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In 1999, in The Return of Depression Economics, Paul Krugman surveyed the economic crises that had swept across Asia and Latin America, and pointed out that those crises were a warning for all of us: like diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics, the economic maladies that caused the Great Depression were making a comeback. In the years that followed, as Wall Street boomed and financial wheeler-dealers made vast profits, the international crises of the 1990s faded from memory. But now depression economics has come to America: when the great housing bubble of the mid-2000s burst, the U.S. financial system proved as vulnerable as those of developing countries caught up in earlier crises and a replay of the 1930s seems all too possible.

In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession. Brilliantly crafted in Krugman's trademark style--lucid, lively, and supremely informed--this new edition of The Return of Depression Economics will become an instant cornerstone of the debate over how to respond to the crisis.

About the Author

Paul Krugman is the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. He writes a twice-weekly op-ed column for the New York Times and a blog named for his 2007 book, The Conscience of Liberal. He teaches economics at Princeton University.

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OneMansView, February 19, 2009 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Rambling and obscure (2.5*s)

Basically, this book is an old book written ten years ago, concerned then with the financial troubles of Latin America, Japan, and Asia and now has been given a fresh coat of paint. The Greenspan bubble years, hedge funds, the housing crisis, and the like have been sprinkled in. Overall, the subjects of depressions and the 2008 crisis get short shrift.

The author, a PhD economist, promises to not employ complex mathematics to make his points, meaning clarity of exposition is his top priority. Perhaps, in his mind, he tried. Explaining the workings of money, banks, and other economic entities from a variety of levels (macro, micro) is complicated, but doable. However, the reality is that this book is whimsical, chatty, rambling, unfocused, unorganized, insufficient, and obscure. It demands much of the reader to attempt to follow the argument(s) in its various twists and shifts. It’s just not clear what the author was attempting to achieve with this book.

It is undoubtedly possible to describe the workings of the economy, including its disturbances, with sufficient detail to be useful in a reasonably short book without adding in every worldwide financial crisis of the last twenty years. This is not that book. Of course, the author would have to leave out pages and pages of flippancy, irony, and the I-could-have-told-you-so attitude. Good luck in your reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393071016
Author:
Krugman, Paul
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
History
Subject:
Depressions
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Depressions -- 1929.
Subject:
Recessions - History - 21st century
Subject:
Macroeconomics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
New edition
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.50x6.50x.85 in. .82 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

We could have prevented this economic free-fall, Paul Krugman believes. He wrote the first edition of The Return of Depression Economics in response to the Asian crisis of the 1990s, which he saw as a warning to economies around the world. Now Krugman has revised and expanded the original work to explain our current state of affairs; he also addresses how to contain the situation before it gets worse. Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Krugman is arguably our best guide to the subject; he's certainly the most accessible. ("Don't expect a solemn, dignified book," he warns in the introduction.)

"Staff Pick" by ,

We could have prevented this economic free-fall, Paul Krugman believes. He wrote the first edition of The Return of Depression Economics in response to the Asian crisis of the 1990s, which he saw as a warning to economies around the world. Now Krugman has revised and expanded the original work to explain our current state of affairs; he also addresses how to contain the situation before it gets worse. Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Krugman is arguably our best guide to the subject; he's certainly the most accessible. ("Don't expect a solemn, dignified book," he warns in the introduction.)

"Review A Day" by , "'We sometimes, for example, hear it said,' writes John Stuart Mill in his Principles of Political Economy, 'that governments ought to confine themselves to affording protection against force and fraud'; that people should otherwise be 'free agents, able to take care of themselves.' But why, he asks, considering all the 'other evils' of a market society, should people not be more widely protected by government — that is, 'by their own collective strength'? Much like Mill, Paul Krugman likes capitalism's innovations but not its crises and thinks that government has a duty to facilitate the former and protect us from the latter. He doubts that citizens will get much protection from moguls — or from most economists, for that matter — unless we trouble to grasp how the whole intricate game works, so that our legislators will form a consensus about how to regulate it. Mill supposed that we needed to see 'the Dynamics of political economy,' not just 'the Statics.' Krugman knows we need Liquidity Traps for Dummies." (read the entire Nation review)
"Synopsis" by , Our newest Nobel Prize-winning economist shows how today"s crisis parallels the events that caused the Great Depression'"and explains what it will take to avoid catastrophe.
"Synopsis" by , Surely the Great Depression could never happen again.
"Synopsis" by , The New York Timesbestseller: the Nobel Prize'"winning economist shows how today"s crisis parallels the Great Depression'"and explains how to avoid catastrophe. With a new foreword for this paperback edition.
"Synopsis" by , Our newest Nobel Prize-winning economist shows how today's crisis parallels the events that caused the Great Depression--and explains what it will take to avoid catastrophe.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
"Synopsis" by , In 1999, in The Return of Depression Economics, Paul Krugman surveyed the economic crises that had swept across Asia and Latin America, and pointed out that those crises were a warning for all of us: like diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics, the economic maladies that caused the Great Depression were making a comeback. In the years that followed, as Wall Street boomed and financial wheeler-dealers made vast profits, the international crises of the 1990s faded from memory. But now depression economics has come to America: when the great housing bubble of the mid-2000s burst, the U.S. financial system proved as vulnerable as those of developing countries caught up in earlier crises and a replay of the 1930s seems all too possible.

In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession. Brilliantly crafted in Krugman's trademark style--lucid, lively, and supremely informed--this new edition of The Return of Depression Economics will become an instant cornerstone of the debate over how to respond to the crisis.
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