Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics and best-selling author, has been a columnist at The New York Times for twenty years. A Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, he resides in New York City.
Part 1: Historical Perspectives and Current Conditions
1. Economic Conditions and U.S. National Security in the 1930s and Today
2. Pulling Back from the Crisis: A Roadmap for the Future of the American Economy Part 2: Predictions on the Course and Extent of the Global Economic Crisis and Its Larger Implications
3. Global Recession and National Security
4. Rebalancing Economic Engagement: The Foreign Policy Consequences
5. Sustaining the Recovery and Containing the Deficit: A Balancing Act for Policy Part 3: Are Institutions Ready for the Challenge?
6. Interdependence, Global Issues Management, and Global Economic Governance
7. Picking up the Pieces: The Global Crisis and Implications for U.S. Economic Policymaking Part 4: Consequences for Development and Democracy
8. Priorities for Progress: Security and Development at a Time of Global Economic Turmoil
9. The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Democracy Part 5: Concluding Observations
10. Summary of the Aspen Strategy Group Deliberations
Contributors include Richard Cooper (Harvard University), Kemal Dervis, (Brookings Institution), Martin Feldstein (Harvard University), Michael Green (Center for Strategic and International Studies), David Leonhardt (New York Times), Sylvia Mathews Burwell (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), David McCormick (Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College), Laura Tyson (University of California-Berkeley), and Bruce Stokes (National Journal).
Oil is a commodity that is essential to the worlds economic well-being. But it is also an industry rife with corruption. In OIL AND FINANCE, author Raymond J. Learsy chronicles the problems within the oil industry and details how these issues affect both US and global politics.
Culled from a collection of essays that first appeared in the Huffington Post throughout the last five years, OIL AND FINANCE provides an illuminating understanding about where weve been and where were headed as a nation with respect to our fossil-fuel consumption, our environment, our financial system, our security, and our place on the global stage. It uncovers the truth behind oil pricingincluding its speculation and manipulation, the politics of oil and its impact on our security, oils influence on our domestic and foreign policies, OPECs success, and the menacing impact of oil on the environment.
OIL AND FINANCE presents a real-time account of a nation in crisis. Filled with contemplations and reactions, it is also a call to arms and a battle plan. It communicates how we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, develop alternative energy sources, stabilize our economy, shore up our national securityand prosper as a people.
In this "clear, provocative" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestseller, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, examines the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age and the 1920s to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his finest book to date, a "stimulating manifesto" offering "a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny" (Publishers Weekly).
"As Democrats seek a rationale not merely for returning to power, but for fundamentally changing—or changing back—the relationship between America's government and its citizens, Mr. Krugman's arguments will prove vital in the months and years ahead." —Peter Beinart, New York Times