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The great unraveling losing our way in the new century
Krugman, Paul R.
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New York : Harper Audio, 2003.
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5 audio discs (6 hrs) : digital, monophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact disc.

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Audiobook on CD


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HC106.83 .K78 2003D Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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In this long-awaited work, award-winning economist and columnist Paul Krugman challenges us to take on George Bush and the radical right. Drawing from his New York Times columns, he chronicles how the boom economy unraveled: how exuberance gave way to pessimism, how the age of corporate heroes gave way to corporate scandals, and how fiscal responsibility collapsed. Krugman asks how it was possible for a country with so much going for it to head downhill so fast and finds the answer in the agenda of the Bush Administration.

Krugman began writing his New York Times column in 2000, demonstrating that he is one of the most well-informed and trenchant commentators in America. From his account of the secret history of the California energy crisis to his devastating dissections of the Bush Administration's dishonesty on everything from tax cuts to the war on terrorism, Krugman tells the uncomfortable truth about how the United States lost its way amid economic disappointment, bad leadership, and deceit. This unprecedented work of social and political history sets the first years of the Twenty-first Century in a stark, new light.


In this collection of essays, economist Paul Krugman argues that the surpluses and advantages the United States enjoyed in the 1990s have been damaged by our national leadership and from this point on will continue to decline. War, business scandals, and political in-fighting cripple the nation. He also states that a weak, compliant press has allowed this to happen by refusing to uncover factual news and bring it to the American public.

Author Notes

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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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This is not, I'm sorry to say, a happy book," says Krugman in the introduction to this collection of essays culled from his twice-weekly New York Times op-ed column, and indeed, the majority of these short pieces range from moderately bleak political punditry to full-on "the sky is falling" doom and gloom. A respected economist, Krugman dissects political and social events of the past decade by watching the dollars, and his ideas are emphatic if not always well argued. He has a somewhat boyish voice and a pleasingly enthusiastic tone, although his enthusiasm sometimes leads him to take liberties with punctuation. The essays are grouped thematically instead of chronologically, which gives this audio adaptation a scattershot feel. Since these pieces were written over a long stretch of time, certain key ideas recur quite often-political reporters don't pay enough attention to the real news, the Bush administration is dishonest, big corporations are inherently untrustworthy-and can become tedious. To his credit, Krugman is not entirely partisan-he reveals himself to be a free-market apologist-and even listeners who disagree with most of the things he says will likely be taken in by his warm and energetic delivery. Simultaneous release with the Norton hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 18). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A well-known commentator for the New York Times, Fortune, and Slate, Krugman (economics, Princeton) has collected more than 100 of his columns that ran between 1997 and spring 2003. Following a substantial preface, he presents the pieces, organized into topical sections that include introductions. The result is a coherent whole. For those not familiar with the author's work, this is a scathing (and, to some minds, well placed) collection of critiques, all aimed squarely at the White House and its current administration. He takes on George Bush from all angles: the fuzzy math inherent in the tax cuts to cronyism to the exploitation of 9/11 that furthered his agenda in the Middle East. Enron, the environment, and globalization are other large targets that also receive their due. This is a thought-provoking book, at times enraging or depressing, sometimes even funny (depending on one's political leanings). Highly recommended for all collections.-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. of Ohio, Oxford (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.