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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jared Bernstein Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781596592346
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Is Social Security really going bust, and what does that mean to me? If I hire an immigrant, am I hurting a native-born worker? How much can presidents really affect economic outcomes? Why does the stock market go up when employment declines? What's a "living wage?" Why do I feel so squeezed?

If you'd like to know the answers to these questions, premier economist Jared Bernstein is here to help. In Crunch, he answers these as well as dozens of other questions he has fielded from working Americans by e-mail, on blogs, and at events where he speaks.

Chances are, if there's a stumper you've always wanted to ask an economist, it's solved in this audiobook.
Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This accessible overview should clear things up for ever the most befogged reader…Bernstein explains murky topics like health care reform, minimum wage laws, the Federal Reserve, immigration, and budget deficits with a clear, friendly manner that sidesteps any scholarly (and/or sinister) obfuscation…This down-to-earth, populist guide to the pressing economic issues of our time is a clarifying, useful, and empowering resource.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Bernstein has done the American electorate service by writing this witty and perceptive primer…His book is a clarion call to remind us that the political slogan ‘It’s the economy, stupid!’ is just as timely as ever. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jared Bernstein’s new book is a must-read for everyone who cares about restoring economic fairness in an America with the greatest income inequality since the Great Depression. Drawing on everyday examples, Crunch is an accessible explanation of economic principles presented with equal parts of insight, humor, and stimulation. In the process, Bernstein explains how we got to where we are, what to do to fix it, and why fighting for a fair society is so important.”

    Senator John Edwards

  • “The sprightliest writer working in the dismal science since the heyday of John Kenneth Galbraith.”

    Harold Meyerson, Washington Post columnist

  • “Jared Bernstein has written a fun, user-friendly primer that tells you everything you need to know about the economy. I liked it, you’ll like it, and if you read it you can stop feeling guilty that you forgot everything you learned in that freshman econ course.”

    Jonathan Chait, senior editor, New Republic, and author of The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 5/7/2013

    " I had a hard time reading this book. There was something about the author's style of writing that had me constantly spacing out. It wasn't the subject matter as I feel he includes a lot of great subjects that are affecting the majority of Americans today..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/21/2013

    " I give this book 1.5 stars. It was just really boring and not that interesting and I actually like economics and finances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 8/7/2011

    " I got a much better idea of what is going on with the economy and why things need to change. Not that I hold out much hope that our country is ready to try some of these solutions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 7/13/2011

    " Easy read on current economic situation from a left perspective. A bit too cutesy in places but does provide some fundamental economic information and helps those without any economic background understand what's going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Stevenson | 4/2/2011

    " I started out generally agreeing with Bernstein so there weren't many surprises in Crunch. At the same time, the economics behind those positions was clarified. Moreover, normally sluggish economic discussion is done very well making this a pleasant informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/16/2011

    " Small, easy read. Economics that we "ordinary" folks can understand. Format is question - answer & there's a summary at the end of each segment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wai-kit | 4/20/2010

    " Not a bad book. Makes sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cris | 4/13/2010

    " Clear, articulate writing for intelligent readers who are unfamiliar with economics. I was very impressed by the this book on several levels. Bernstein explains concepts in accessible language, giving examples and specifics without becoming incomprehensible or talking down to his reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/24/2009

    " I got a much better idea of what is going on with the economy and why things need to change. Not that I hold out much hope that our country is ready to try some of these solutions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 9/10/2008

    " I had a hard time reading this book. There was something about the author's style of writing that had me constantly spacing out. It wasn't the subject matter as I feel he includes a lot of great subjects that are affecting the majority of Americans today..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 9/3/2008

    " I give this book 1.5 stars. It was just really boring and not that interesting and I actually like economics and finances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cris | 8/31/2008

    " Clear, articulate writing for intelligent readers who are unfamiliar with economics. I was very impressed by the this book on several levels. Bernstein explains concepts in accessible language, giving examples and specifics without becoming incomprehensible or talking down to his reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 8/7/2008

    " Easy read on current economic situation from a left perspective. A bit too cutesy in places but does provide some fundamental economic information and helps those without any economic background understand what's going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 7/30/2008

    " Small, easy read. Economics that we "ordinary" folks can understand. Format is question - answer & there's a summary at the end of each segment. "

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About the Author

Jared Bernstein is senior economist and director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He is the author of All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy and the coauthor of eight editions of The State of Working America. His work has been published in The American Prospect, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the New York Daily News. He is a featured weekly commentator on a variety of CNBC programs and makes regular appearances on various NPR programs, including Morning Edition and Marketplace.

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.