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Publisher Description

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

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

Politics & Current Events
January 12
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

snowgoon ,

Coherent and convincing

If you are looking for a book with good general arguments for a more progressive public policy without any of the economic heavy lifting, this is the book for you. Krugman's explanation of American inequality being a result of public policy's shift right is convincing and well reasoned. If you identify as conservative, this book will most likely feel too "in your face" but the information is nonetheless presented well and one would still benefit from reading it. As a liberal, this book feels like happy a call to arms and a pat on the back for embracing a more coherent economic and social view on equality.

dingjun_cn ,

Very nice book

Definitely recommend this book to people who want to understand the American society and problems associated with it

Jmbitzer ,

Not a counter to Goldwater

If you are looking for a definitive counter to Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative," look elsewhere. Apparently all a liberal's conscienceness is based on calling conservatives ugly names and never clearly laying what a liberal believes in now. Very disappointing from someone who is seen as the academic voice of the left.

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