End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman

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19 Critic Reviews

Krugman’s Krugman is, of course, John Maynard Keynes, and it is when the living economist is bowing and scraping at the altar of the dead one that he is at his least credible.
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Synopsis

A New York Times best-selling call to arms from Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman.


The Great Recession is more than four years old—and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in this powerful volley, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge—all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all—remain in a state of intense pain."



How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic lucidity and insight. He has a powerful message for anyone who has suffered over these past four years—a quick, strong recovery is just one step away, if our leaders can find the "intellectual clarity and political will" to end this depression now.
 

About Paul Krugman

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Paul Krugman is the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. He is a best-selling author, columnist, and blogger for the New York Times, and is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University.
 
Published April 30, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

An important contribution to the current study of economics and a reason for hope that effective solutions will be implemented again.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on Mar 08 2013

In this convivial economic guide he seeks to persuade us lay people that he has the solution to our problems. Although his main focus is America, there is a whole chapter on Europe.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Decca Aitkenhead on Jun 03 2012

It's the sort of book you wish were compulsory reading...because End This Depression Now! provides a comprehensive narrative of how we have ended up doing the opposite of what logic and history tell us we must do to get out of this crisis.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Matthew Bishop on Jun 15 2012

...it would have made for a better book if he had offered a fuller discussion of the potential consequences of his policies, rather than evading it by citing Keynes’s famous observation that “in the long run we are all dead.”

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Felix Salmon on Jun 12 2012

...we get yet another potted history of how we got into this mess in the first place, and a pretty large dose of politics.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 23 2012

Krugman has consistently called for more liberal economic policies, but his wit and bipartisanship ensure that this book will appeal to a broad swath of readers--from the Left to the Right, from the 99% to the 1%.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Robin Harding on May 12 2012

End This Depression Now! is a short book that shows some signs of hasty assembly from the raw materials on Krugman’s New York Times blog...

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Chicago Tribune

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Reviewed by James Pressley on Apr 30 2012

...he says: "Economics is not a morality play."...Maybe not, but economics does hinge on human behavior. And humans hate unfairness...

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Forbes

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Reviewed by Kyle Smith on May 24 2012

Krugman’s Krugman is, of course, John Maynard Keynes, and it is when the living economist is bowing and scraping at the altar of the dead one that he is at his least credible.

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PolicyMic

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Reviewed by Sal Bommarito

Why can’t Krugman be more expansive in his perspective, stymie his class warfare urgings, and provide more comprehensive suggestions that include both stimulus and cost reductions?...I...understand why so many are ignoring his advice.

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Inside Higher Ed

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua Kim on Jun 03 2012

Paul Krugman does better with a book length format than the near sound-bite space available in a column...The long form of a book allows Krugman the space to develop his arguments and to support his points with evidence and historical examples.

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Finance & Development

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Allen on Jun 01 2012

Krugman’s book shows that we are not helpless...A hundred years of macroeconomics has given us the tools to tackle the problem: all we need is the political will to do so.

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rabble.ca

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Reviewed by Fred Block on Aug 02 2012

The book frequently hits the mark, but there is a crucial weakness that undermines the power of Krugman’s case...Krugman disconnects his policy prescriptions from his diagnosis of the causes of the crisis.

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Economic Policy Journal

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Reviewed by Robert Wenzel on May 23 2012

...most likely unbeknownst to Krugman, he has provided support to the great Austrian economist Rothbard...But that's really the only thing of value in the book.

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Financial Post

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Reviewed by Philip Cross on Aug 15 2012

The only reason to dramatize the current slow expansion in the U.S. as a depression is to sell books and newspapers. This is consistent with what the New York Times ombudsman said was Krugman’s “disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantial assaults.”

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Ludwig von Mises Institute

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Reviewed by David Gordon on Jun 14 2012

Krugman, who whatever his faults certainly is not lacking in technical sophistication, defends pretty much the cartoon version of Keynesianism that we are told is oversimplified.

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Anarkismo.net

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Reviewed by Wayne Price on Jun 06 2012

And yet, despite his important insights, I believe that his liberal viewpoint is deeply flawed.

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Michael Hudson

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Reviewed by Michael Hudson on May 14 2012

The effect of his narrow set of recommendations is to defend the status quo ...I see little in his logic that would oppose Rubinomics, which has remained the Democratic Party’s program under the Obama administration.

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D Gary Grady

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Reviewed by D. Gary Grady on Jun 14 2012

Krugman is an excellent writer with a gift for making the complicated understandable, and I recommend this brief book to anyone with a serious interest in what might be done to get us out of the current economic mess.

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