The Conscience of a Liberal

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 296 pages
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With this major new volume, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age 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 work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis. This book, written with Krugman's trademark ability to explain complex issues simply, will transform the debate about American social policy in much the same way as did John Kenneth Galbraith's deeply influential book, The Affluent Society.
  

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

The Concience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman plays off the title of Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative. Although Krugman's book was published in 2007 (Goldwater's back in the 1960s), it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sean Chick - Goodreads

Could have used some more stirring language. Otherwise, I am sold (but I was before I read this). Read full review

Contents

THE WAY WE WERE
3
THE LONG GILDED AGE
15
THE GREAT COMPRESSION
37
THE POLITICS OF THE WELFARE STATE
57
A TROUBLED PROSPERITY
79
MOVEMENT CONSERVATISM
101
THE GREAT DIVERGENCE
124
THE POLITICS OF INEQUALITY
153
WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION
173
THE NEW POLITICS OF EQUALITY
198
THE HEALTH CARE IMPERATIVE
214
CONFRONTING INEQUALITY
244
THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERAL
265
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
285
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About the author (2007)

Paul Krugman was born on February 28, 1953. He received a B.S. in economics from Yale University in 1974 and a Ph.D from MIT in 1977. From 1982 to 1983, he worked at the Reagan White House as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. He taught at numerous universities including Yale University, MIT, UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Stanford University before becoming a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University in 2000. He has written over 200 scholarly papers and 20 books including Peddling Prosperity; International Economics: Theory and Policy; The Great Unraveling; and The Conscience of a Liberal. Since 2000, he has written a twice-weekly column for The New York Times. He received the 1991 John Bates Clark Medal and the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. His title End This Depression Now! made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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