The Conscience of a Liberal

  • by Paul Krugman
  • Narrated by Jason Culp
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

America emerged from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal with strong democratic values and broadly shared prosperity. But for the past 30 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 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 who 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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What the Critics Say

"A compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great Book!!!

I never fully realized what a historical anomaly the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s were. Krugman makes the case that those few decades brought us closer to the vision of our founding fathers than any other time in our history: broad consensus, expanding middle class, a flatter society. The past 30 years have seen the pendulum swing back, a return to the Gilded Age, authoritarianism, corporatism, a disappearing middle class, and a highly privileged few. The founders of our country fought their revolution against the authoritarians and oligarchs of their time. We must do the same against ours.

This book is a must read (listen?).
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- carl801

A must for anyone interested in U.S. politics.

Where does The Conscience of a Liberal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Krugman goes beyond economics by placing the current economic issues that plague the U.S. into their historical and political context. Easy to understand but not "dumbed down".


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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio