The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman

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"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

 

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 January 12, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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Just as Bush administration foreign policy has radicalized people like Zbigniew Brzezinski, longtime members in good standing of the centrist foreign establishment, it has turned Mr. Krugman — a renowned and fairly centrist Princeton economist, as well as an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times...

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The New York Times

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As Paul Krugman sees it, Republican radicals are responsible for growing inequality.

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The Guardian

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The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman 304pp, Allen Lane, £20 Paul Krugman, who has taught economics at Princeton for many years, became a regular columnist for the New York Times in 1999.

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Publishers Weekly

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Economist and New York Times writer Krugman expands on the angry-liberal economic perspective of his newspaper columns, documenting the shrinking of the middle class and the increase in American economic inequality with statistics and well-chosen examples.

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BC Books

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While he does not come right out and state it, Krugman fairly convincingly shows that Adam Smith’s mythic Invisible Hand is just that- mythic and invisible, but invisible because it’s nonexistent.

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BC Books

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Krugman also details how they overplayed their hand, and why he feels the 2006 election was a turning point back to more Liberal control of national politics, or, at the very least, a return to 1950s and 1960s moderation of the two major political parties, when, Krugman quotes President Eisenhowe...

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In reading Paul Krugman’s 2007 book, The Conscience Of A Liberal, I wanted to be able to speak of his writing style, as much as of his opinions, politically and economically.

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Daily Kos

by Dana Houle on Sun Jan 20, 2008 at 10:42:28 PM PST [ Parent ] Ooops Guily as Charged (0+ / 0-) Still it bears repeating and summarising by robertbe on Sun Jan 20, 2008 at 10:46:18 PM PST ...

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London Review of Books

In 2000, the year Bush first ran for president, Krugman became an op-ed columnist at the New York Times, and swiftly established himself as one of Bush’s most influential critics.

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National Review Online

Krugman responded by bitterly dredging up the fact that his previous book The Great Unraveling, was also panned by the Times, essentially accusing his employer of irrationally making this a “tradition.” (Never noting that The Great Unraveling had been reviewed by The New Republic’s Peter Beinart,...

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Yet Paine was soon to become the pre-eminent—indeed, the essential—propagandist for the Revolution, and Goetzmann rightly points out the internationalist nature of the vision that Paine offered in “Common Sense.” “The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind,” Paine argued.

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Although Goetzmann focuses on American intellectual history from the Revolution to the Civil War, his narrative seems freshly relevant at a time when the most anti-intellectual administration in American history has been succeeded by a president who campaigned on a promise to restore science and ...

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Therefore, Sen. Obama easily won the Indiana Democratic primary by approximately 27,000 votes (41,309 fraudulent Republican votes – 14,195 announced vote Clinton win = 27,114 Obama victory margin in Indiana).

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