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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Krugman Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739358672
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America emerged from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal with strong democratic values and broadly shared prosperity. But for the past thirty years American politics has been dominated by a conservative movement determined to undermine the New Deal’s achievements.

Now, the tide may be turning—and in The Conscience of a Liberal Paul Krugman, the world’s most widely-read economist and one of its most influential political commentators, charts the way to reform.

Krugman ranges over a century of history and shows that neither the American middle-class nor the baby boomers grew up in the increasingly oligarchic nation we have become over the past generation evolved naturally: both were created, to a large extent, by government policies guided by organized political movements.

The Conscience of a Liberal promises to reshape public debate about American social policy and become a touchstone work for an entire generation.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 2/9/2014

    " good overview of the progressive movement "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/31/2014

    " Though the title implies a concise articulation of the liberal philosophy, (like Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative), Krugman's book would better be described as a broad survey of America's economic and political history over the past 150 years. Careful students of economics and politics will see much that is familiar, but I found many aspects of the book enlightening and even shocking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/30/2014

    " Very coherent and readable, but of course, since it was first published in 2007, it is a little dated in some of the discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/26/2014

    " A competent and readable summary of liberal thoughts and action. Krugman has a solid foundation in history, and a compelling argument for values in economic decisions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan H | 1/26/2014

    " Good, but as usual I'm disappointed by Krugman the political analyst. His economic work is too good to write books and columns that gloss over facts. Though his conclusions are generally grounded in economic theory and empirics, he often fails to appropriately demarcate these arguments from those based on softer reasoning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tylernickl | 1/19/2014

    " Lots of people have a beef with Krugman because he is so partisan, maintaining some fiction that economists ought only to concern themselves with effeciency and scientific objectivity. In this book, Krugman takes a "no-apologies" stance for his partisanship and goes on the offensive instead. Armed with historic economic data, Krugman makes his case that purposeful and careful economic governance creates rather than erodes a strong middle class. I found myself sharing some of his righteous indignation as he detailed how privatization allowed an effective seccession from society by the rich. Great book that got me thinking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 1/15/2014

    " Book on CD, very interesting. Explains economy and politics so it is easy to comprehend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 12/31/2013

    " Let's bring back "The New Deal" tailored to our age with universal health care and a "Great Compression" to reduce the obscene disparity between the ultra wealthy and the rest of us. It can and should be done and Krugman tells us why and how. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 12/14/2013

    " This book finally made me feel like I could argue about my views and have the economic background to color them in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel Desjardins | 11/9/2013

    " I think the reviews for this book were pretty poor, but there's nothing wrong with Krugman's analysis. Essentially, he writes about how we got where we are - exploiting racism in the South to keep Democrats out of the White House - and what we need to do to move forward (elect a Democrat!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connor Winn | 2/6/2013

    " I actually listened to this on tape and then bought a copy for reference purposes. Easy to read with clearly reasoned arguments, though biased. Read with an open mind, or it will drive some people insane. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Austin Newton | 2/5/2013

    " He does a good job explaining the motives and reasons for liberal thinking, but I don't agree with his philosophy so it's hard to really like the book. Good for understand other views though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 11/21/2012

    " Good read. I wish we had his insigts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 9/28/2012

    " recent American economic history - what Reagan & B43 did, how & how to do much better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SD Mittelsteadt | 8/4/2012

    " Lots of good history on the American political landscape. I did learn a lot, but it also depressed me some. If the American people can be so duped as they have been the past 30 years or so, how much hope is there that they will ever wise up??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Smith | 5/1/2012

    " Very well-written. I should have read it a few years ago when I was still optimistic about a progressive movement in this country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Middelburg | 8/17/2011

    " Krugman makes a nice case for the liberal point of view. He's one of those authors with whom I agree with almost anything he writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/19/2011

    " Very well-written. I should have read it a few years ago when I was still optimistic about a progressive movement in this country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/27/2011

    " Taught me more about the history of American politics than anything I've ever read! Awesome read and has gotten me more self assured of my position on politics than ever before. Thanks, Paul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/2/2010

    " Of particular interest is how the lines between republican and democratic voting in the house and senate wasn't so predictable 50 years ago. Krugman is a joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 11/16/2010

    " Amazing about what you do not know about American Economic History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SD | 11/14/2010

    " Lots of good history on the American political landscape. I did learn a lot, but it also depressed me some. If the American people can be so duped as they have been the past 30 years or so, how much hope is there that they will ever wise up??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/23/2010

    " This is a watered down version of Krugman's "The Great Unraveling" but it is intended as a way to get alternate discourse to the masses. More of this literature from an author of this magnitude is needed, particularly in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hieu | 8/21/2010

    " Krugman seems to have a really well-cooked recipe for his country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 7/27/2010

    " Speak your mind and be damned of the blow back if you are telling the truth. "

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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

Jason Culp, winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards, has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Julian Gerome on General Hospital. In addition to audiobooks and voice-over work in national commercials, he has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.