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The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century (Updated and Expanded) Paperback – August 17, 2004
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“A rigorously argued, angrily eloquent, fiercely patriotic book.”
- Boston Sunday Globe
“Paul Krugman is the indispensable American columnist, a voice of truth in a political world of lies and calculated injustice. This book is even better. It makes the case, unrestrained by deference, that a revolutionary right-wing movement is out to transform the United States-and is succeeding, rolling over a supine press and political opposition.”
- Anthony Lewis
“Paul Krugman is the great discovery of recent American journalism. Lively, lucid, witty, superbly informed, his commentary on the state of the union is required reading for anyone concerned about the American future.”
- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
“The title of Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling might well have been The Great Usurpation. In a republic hijacked by the radical right whose leaders reject the legitimacy of our current political system, Paul Krugman's coruscant book calls for a "great revulsion" across the land before it is too late.”
- David Levering Lewis, author of W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race
“If I had a tenth of Paul Krugman's brain and a twentieth of his courage, I'd be the happiest person on the face of the Earth.”
- James Carville
“The new Krugman book documents why this top-drawer academic economist deserves at least one Pulitzer Prize for his accurate Times op-ed columns that are a lone voice, telling things as they are and debunking Washington policies that are neither compassionate nor conservative. Plutocratic democracy is in the saddle. Rx. Krugman twice a week and in this coherent sum-up on relevant 2003-2010 economics. Buy. Read. Ponder. Benefit.”
- Paul A. Samuelson, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
About the Author
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.
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For me, the most interesting thing I learned is that Bush's tax cuts were completely unnecessary and benefited mostly rich and wealthy people. For example the much talked about death tax is only applicable to estates over 3 million dollars. The average person doesn't even pay death taxes, but the way Bush talks about it, you would think everyone is paying through the nose. Krugman also goes on to outline how Bush lies about his budget numbers, something people don't often double-check. It's good to see that consciencious economists such as Krugman are keep us informed. Also Krugman points out Bush's crony capitalism. It's commonly known that Bush only invites his friends to play, but Krugman gives some concrete examples.
This book is a must read before the 2004 election. Inform yourself of the facts.
Krugman's columns comprise a collectively pessimistic view of people acting badly, selfishly, and with little regard for the welfare of the people from whom they derive their power, whether it be economic, social or political. And Professor Krugman reserves special scorn and sarcasm for George W. Bush, who he sees as a man who personally embodies the notion of incredibly bad leadership, and whose Bush administration takes on the power of a `revolutionary' movement foisted on the unsuspecting public by public servants who neither respect the populace they serve nor hold the ideas of the current political system as legitimate. Indeed, for Krugman these knaves prancing in knights' attire are really radical zealots presenting themselves as much more moderate and practical denizens of change. HE reserves special scorn for their disingenuous stated policies on issues such as social security, which Krugman understands are based on a cooking of the books, and which are the direct result of forty years of ignorance and dissembling politics on both sides of the political aisle.
Krugman's greatest strength is his savvy and knowing ability to meaningfully employ numbers and statistics in support of his articulations concerning the sorry state of affairs regarding our corporate and political leaders. HE waxes well on subjects as diverse as social security, as mentioned above, as well as on tax programs, the conscious and perhaps criminal manipulation of the stock market in the runaway 1990s, the federal budget and its priorities, and the sudden transformation of a massive budgetary surplus into an equally staggering deficit. Yet, alas, what really won my heart is Krugman's taking to task of his fellow media mavens, who in his opinion have fallen asleep on the journalistic beat, and have allowed many of the social, economic and political events of the last several years to pass unexamined, and by doing so have badly disserved the American public, who should, in his estimation (and mine) have been able to expect more from its designated watchdogs. This is a terrific book to carry with you, as each piece is fairly short and comprises a stand alone article which can be read nicely during a lunch break or while sitting in an airport terminal waiting for your luggage to magically reappear. Enjoy!
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krugman has done a wonderful job of showing how our
politics has been manipulated over the last few years.
Fascinating but quite disconcerting to read
I leave to other reviewers the argument over whether the catastrophe of the Bush years...Read more