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Kirkus, December 1, 2011
“A deeply reported, well-written account of a difficult topic to capture, partly because of the complexity and partly because the stimulus package remains a work in progress.”
Dave Davies,NPR’s Fresh Air
“an important, and eminently-readable book…The real value of Grabell's book is that it digs into the meat of the plan - how it was crafted, how the spending was divided into strikingly different programs, and what their impacts were.”
The Economist’s Democracy in America blog
“The debate we had about the stimulus probably should have been a lot like the book Mr Grabell has written: a detailed investigation of what does and doesn't work in stimulus spending and whether the government really can jump-start a promising industry through investments, tax breaks and industrial policy. But that wasn't the debate we had.”
Glenn Altschuler, Huffington Post
“Richly detailed, judicious, thorough and timely, his book is a primer on how to evaluate this policy -- and all public policies -- in a highly partisan, polarized, paralyzed political climate.”
Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
“I recommend Michael Grabell, Money Well-Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, The Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History. It is a very good journalistic account of how the money was spent, and less scandal-mongering than the title might indicate. I found it to be quite an objective account. There should be more books like this, looking at the nuts and bolts of economic legislation.”
“Grabell pulls back the curtain on the stimulus, which tops a trillion dollars when extensions and inflation adjustments are factored in, and provides an insightful analysis of this landmark legislation and its impact on the U.S. economy… The question mark at the end of the book’s title is well placed, as Grabell, a reporter for the independent, nonprofit ProPublica, lays out the still-unfolding story of how the stimulus affected people, communities and the U.S. economy. As the merits of the Recovery Act continue to be the subject of debate, “Money Well Spent?” provides a thoughtful analysis of where the money went and who benefited.”
“Immaculately researched… His conclusions might startle many. It does not matter if you are pro-US or not, grab a copy. It’s a supreme piece of investigative journalism."
Grand Prairie Union News
“For a well-written and objective analysis, Grabell’s Money Well Spent? is a valuable summary of the internal politics and the impact of stimulus spending.”
Journalist Grabell achieves a truly balanced point of view, which is commendable amid today's sensational news coverage on this especially polarizing topic, and in these especially... Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Peter
I ordered the book based on an NPR interview with the author.
Found it to be thorough in helping me understand the complexities of government decisions.
At the level of election politics Democrats and Republicans have been so effective at creating protected election boundaries that very few candidates from the left or right must... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Phred
Reporter Michael Grabell wrote in the Introduction to this 2012 book, "Could this be the time in history, I wondered, when the United States finally reversed its long industrial... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Steven H Propp
Perhaps the real question is "Can a conscientious journalist find the answer to whether the stimulus money was well spent? Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by jem
The author has done a thorough job of reviewing individual elements of the stimulus package and provides an objective viewpoint. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by James Hutchinson
What a disappointment! I was eager to read this book to obtain an unbiased assessment of the Keynesian policies that defined the early days of the Obama administration. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by brad19025
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