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Starred Review. According to economist and author Bernstein (All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy), the endless parade of economic legislation and corporate criminality that keep the rich getting richer are all a direct product of economic knowledge being monopolized and manipulated by the rich, keeping the middle and lower classes woefully unprepared to understand, much less stand up to, the economic forces aligned against them. Fortunately, this accessible overview should clear things up for even the most befogged reader. Answering questions from an average American perspective-"the ones in the vise grip of the crunch"-Bernstein explains murky topics like health care reform, minimum wage laws, the Federal Reserve, immigration and budget deficits with a clear, friendly manner that sidesteps any scholarly (and/or sinister) obfuscation. His progressive "we're all in this togther" philosophy, though seemingly familiar, is backed up with enough data and savvy to illuminate what's wrong in the dominant "self-reliance" narrative of American political discourse. This down-to-earth, populist guide to the pressing economic issues of our time is a clarifying, useful and empowering resource.
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No mere populist rant, Crunch is organized as a broad primer on U.S. economics that uses inequality as a starting point for understanding this wider subject. Bernstein's concise explanations of issues like unemployment and health care expenses are meaty and engaging, offering laypeople tangible insight into how the economy functions and what it takes to ensure that those who make it work also share its rewards. -- Utne, Book Review, May-June 2008See all Editorial Reviews
I don't know much about economics, but hope to learn more, thus listening to the Crunch CDs.
I am caught by the seeming contradictions that Bernstein throws out. Read more
At last someone has written a lucid explanation of the American middle class's financial stagnation. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
This is a fantastic book. It is written for a layperson audience - an aim towards which it is extremely successful. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by Hans G. Despain
If I believed in book burning--this would be on the top of the heap!
I listened to this book on CD. Read more
For people who know little about economics, this is a useful introduction written in clear, simple language. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Alan A. Elsner
The "bad news" about "Crunch" is that it is a collection of poorly thought out, sometimes inconsistent, economic ideas. The worse news is that the author, Jared Bernstein, is V.P. Read morePublished on March 10, 2009 by Loyd E. Eskildson
My Dad and I have been having this running debate about the direction the world is going. I say better, he says worse, and we never seem to come to any consensus. Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Joshua Kim
Let's start by understanding that Dr. Bernstein is not an economist. His Ph.D. is actually in the area of Social Welfare. And that tells us a lot about this book. Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Kenneth D. Gartrell