The Conscience of a Liberal

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 12, 2009 - Political Science - 352 pages

"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

 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

My book club outvoted me--I didn't want to read this book, because I figured a regular reader of Krugman's columns would not get much from it. I guess I thought this was a compendium of the columns or ... Read full review

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User Review  - deadseasquirrels - LibraryThing

Pretty easy read. I think it wasn't as statistically heavy as I was expecting but it was still pretty interesting. I think the basic argument made here is that after the guilded age, the US went into ... 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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Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics and best-selling author, has been a columnist at The New York Times for twenty years. A Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, he resides in New York City.

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