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By Paul Krugman

The New York Times bestseller: the Nobel Prize–winning economist exhibits how today’s quandary parallels the good Depression―and explains easy methods to steer clear of disaster. With a brand new foreword for this paperback edition.

during this significant bestseller, Paul Krugman warns that, like ailments that experience develop into immune to antibiotics, the commercial maladies that prompted the nice melancholy have made a comeback. He lays naked the 2008 monetary crisis―the maximum because the 1930s―tracing it to the failure of legislation to maintain velocity with an out-of-control economic system. He additionally tells us how one can include the obstacle and switch round a global economic climate sliding right into a deep recession. Brilliantly crafted in Krugman’s trademark style―lucid, full of life, and supremely informed―this re-creation of The go back of melancholy Economics has turn into an speedy vintage. A hard-hitting new foreword takes the paperback variation correct as much as the current second.

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