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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Krugman Narrator: Paul Krugman, Rob Shapiro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449806852
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The Great Recession is more than four years old, and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in this powerful volley, “Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge—all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all—remain in a state of intense pain.”

How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic lucidity and insight. He has a powerful message for anyone who has suffered over these past four years, a quick, strong recovery is just one step away, if our leaders can find the “intellectual clarity and political will” to end this depression now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Krugman has consistently called for more liberal economic policies, but his wit and bipartisanship ensure that this book will appeal to a broad swath of readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An important contribution to the current study of economics and a reason for hope that effective solutions will be implemented again.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/11/2014

    " Krugman makes a very convincing argument for his "neo-Keynesian" approach to the economy. It's nice to hear economics from an economist and not from ideologues. I was impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curry | 1/25/2014

    " Another Excellent book by Krugman. If only the economic policy maker in D.C. read his books. He makes a cogent case for not focusing on the deficits right now when uneemployment is still very high in the US as we are in a liquidity trap. Just look at what is happening to the UK which has slipped back into the recession. Evidence based economic thinking which shall not convince the religious right! Anyone religious (there's no evidence for a GOD) shall dismiss arguments even that show ample proof their way of thinking is wrong. Its called cognitive dissonance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Beer | 1/11/2014

    " This excellent book is clear and concise (it helps if you love Keynes though...). It explains why the fiscal bale-out wasn't enough in the States and how the Euro and the relations in the Eurozone makes austerity inappropriate policy instruments to end the recession. Recommended to all, especially people in relevant policy departments !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Stark | 1/11/2014

    " Fast read. Keynsian view on current economic policy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clive | 1/8/2014

    " Really enjoyed reading this. I'm not an expert in economics and this gives very clear explanations of some of the major economic processes. To be honest, it is in line with my political views, so I am more likely to be a bit biased, but it I do find it distressing that the solution to our current financial woes is potentially so easy but the political will is not there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 1/7/2014

    " Krugman is a very smart man, and lays out what's going on in ways that even the least economically savvy can understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wamiq | 1/6/2014

    " I liked Krugman's assertion that instead of concentrating on how to avoid future recessions, let's concentrate on getting out of this one first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D'Anne | 1/5/2014

    " If you want to understand the current economic crisis and if firing teachers and firefighters just doesn't seem like a sane solution this is your book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Brock | 1/3/2014

    " A much different view than Wiedemer's Aftershock book. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle of their two predictions and opinions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Abbott | 1/2/2014

    " Im a big fan of Krugman, this was high-level and concise, but too often the book becomes political. Overall very readable and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Lloyd | 12/30/2013

    " Paul Krugman is perhaps the smartest person no one listens to. What's more, he doesn't lean upon his Nobel Prize, or resort to name-calling, but calmly explains the situation in terms even the layman can comprehend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/12/2013

    " Absolutely essential reading for understanding the current economic crisis and how policymakers can and should take actions to fix the situation by a Nobel laureate in economics. It will fire you up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/23/2013

    " Logical solutions not pursued by this illogical Congress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/9/2013

    " This book has lots of economic talk, so avert your eyes if that's not your cup of tea. All in all, lots of very good ideas here, especially if you consider yourself a Keynesian. Definite good read for those interested in the cause and one (very intelligent) man's theory on how to fix it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 3/17/2013

    " Terrific history lessons. Bold proposals. Krugman cares deeply about his fellow citizens. Quite an "Economic Evangelist." Everyone should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacopo | 2/17/2013

    " Recommended to all readers especially if with very limited economic knowledge. A #mustread if you want not just understand why we have a recession but also what our Politicians should do to fight it. Good analysis also of the European Countries problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billymojo | 9/16/2012

    " A lot of good stuff here. Dumbed down but necessarily so. Somewhat repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Govednik | 8/13/2012

    " Reading Krugman's blog and NY Times column has been an education--in analysis, courage and economics. This book pulls together his economic argument in an accessible way, even for those of us without a background in economics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vijay | 7/29/2012

    " good overview of current economic crisis and what needs to he done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serge Boucher | 7/16/2012

    " If you read his blog regularly this book probably won't tell you anything you don't know, but otherwise, it's probably the best single source of information on the current crisis and how absurd the policy response has been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Sicker | 5/9/2012

    " Great overview of modern economics and how it relates to the Great Recession. Paul Krugman is a fantastic writer when it comes to economics and politics, and he makes a strong argument for fiscal stimulus and monetary policy ideas. "

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About the Author
Author Paul KrugmanPaul Krugman, who was named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine, writes a twice-weekly column for the op-ed page of the New York Times. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, the most prized award given to American economists, he also teaches economics and international affairs at Princeton University.
About the Narrator

Rob Shapiro can be heard narrating audiobooks such as the bestseller The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood; Frank: The Voice; and the fantasy noir Low Town. He performed several seasons of radio comedy on Minneapolis Public Radio and voiced the titular lion in Leo the Lion.