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Arguing with Zombies

Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
Written by: Paul Krugman
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Commerce
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An accessible, compelling introduction to today’s major policy issues from the New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won’t die. 

In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it’s headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, Arguing with Zombies is Krugman at the height of his powers. 

Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades’ worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe. Krugman turns his listeners into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations. 

This audiobook includes a bonus PDF of diagrams from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Paul Krugman (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"In an era when facts are too often disdained and discarded, Paul Krugman wields them like a rapier. A brilliant scholar and polemicist, Krugman's incisive columns are a beacon for anyone who cares about public policy and progressive change. (David Axelrod)

"Years after appearing in the daily newspaper, Paul Krugman’s columns resonate because he avoids the herd mentality of most journalism. Applying history, math, and humanity, he transforms our understanding of great issues and when writing on economics translates the dismal science into plain English." (David Cay Johnston, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal, and the George Polk Award) 

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  • Trebla
  • 10-02-20

I'm a fan, but this could have been better

This is largely a collection of essays written for his column over the last 30 years, with some current comments. I was hoping for a more unified explication of the economics of the day and the direct relevance to the current political questions. I learned some things, but was hoping for more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-20

Well written but wanted more econ/less politics

Overall good book with a great many economic insights that were entirely new to me, and I personally agree with many views that Mr. Krugman holds. But, I rly didn't need a reminder of why I don't like the current GOP, and I what I would like is a deeper analysis of the specific econ points he makes in the book. After all, he won a Nobel for economics and not political science.

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  • Bob
  • 11-03-20

One of the most decisive and partisan books I’ve read

I got this book knowing nothing about the author other that what was on the dust jacket. Expecting a book primarily about economics, I instead got a book constantly throwing accusations and complaining about Republicans. It took honest effort to not hit stop on the last 2/3 of the book, just because I was tired of all the political rhetoric. It did have a smattering of economics, but most of the writing could easily be confused as having not been written by a respected economist, but rather a political pundit who took a couple Econ classes in their undergrad.

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  • Amer
  • 29-04-20

A few talking points repeated a thousand times

I like Krugman's eloquent writing style, but this book is nothing more than a few talking points cherry-picked to support the author's views. Governments should run deficits when unemployment is high and never bother to run a budget surplus because debts melt away due to inflation. Government regulations, the welfare state and high taxes are good. I guess if they increase unemployment, the governments should increase deficits even more.... Could not finish it.

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  • morgana111
  • 04-04-20

Terrific

Clear and well thought out. Very thought provoking. FaIrly easy to read even for the non economist lay person.

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  • pj gates
  • 10-03-20

rehashing

I slept through some of his stuff. would have liked more current thoughts or cause and effect

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  • Douglas F. Couch
  • 31-05-20

Good synopsis of zombie economic policies

Good synopsis of zombie economic policies that won't die because of false equivalency. Facts matter.

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  • Santiago
  • 31-05-20

Zombies everywhere!

If you, like I, are someone who does not read many economic editorials because you believe there are dry and sometimes silly, this book is for you. Explained witha magistral knowledge and an exceptional simplicity, Paul Krugman goes to many simple forms that help in understanding many economic phenomena often wrongly expressed by Zombies.

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  • D. Sooley
  • 26-05-20

Excellent Narration

This is basically a collection of writings of Krugman from NY Times over the past couple of decades.

For a book on a dismal science, the content is engaging and at times humorous.

The narration is exceptional for this audio book. Rob Shapiro does a phenomenal job reading, perfectly accenting the key points in the text. Ten stars for the narration.

I would love to hear a mini follow up to this book now that we are in this pandemic.

Highly recommend this book.

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  • James S.
  • 17-05-20

Makes much more sense than other zombie stories.

Paul explains the fault in many of your favorite conservative "zombie" ideologies.

The crowd favorite trickle down is a basic example that was the most core to the Reagan revolution and mutated to many other untruths that just refuse to go away.

The book closes with bitcoin and some serious questions.

Paul writes for the everyman with obvious knowledge and logic.

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  • Vladimir Duret
  • 22-05-20

Essential for the new economic dialog

At a time when GOP economic policy needs to be re-evaluted after not only the Great Financial crisis, but to combat the post COVID economy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-05-20

Interesting but very complex

This book provided a lot of information but is only accessible to people with a good understanding of economics, especially American economics

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  • Kevin Helton
  • 04-05-20

Great introduction to US economics

As someone with limited economic knowledge I found this book easy to understand and a bit of an eye opener. I has certainly sparked my interest, and I look forward to reading some counter arguments.