Jeff Madrick

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Seven Bad Ideas

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Age of Greed

Washington Post's Political Best Seller

"A superb book that deserves the widest possible audience."
– David Warsh

“Compelling . . . Important. . . Ambitious in its scope... Age of Greed abounds with powerful men, ugly fights, infamous scandals, twists and turns, and, true to the book’s title, lots of shameless cupidity…"
-David Greenberg, The Washington Post

The Age of Greed is a fascinating and deeply disturbing tale of hypocrisy, corruption, and insatiable greed. But more than that, it’s a much-needed reminder of just how we got into the mess we’re in—a reminder that is greatly needed when we are still being told that greed is good.
-Paul Krugman and Robin Wells,
The New York Review of Books

Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick for Spring 2011.

As Jeff Madrick makes clear in a narrative at once sweeping, fast-paced, and incisive, the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s, led by a few individuals who have argued that self-interest guides society more effectively than community concerns. These stewards of American capitalism have insisted on the central and essential place of accumulated wealth through the booms, busts, and recessions of the last half century, giving rise to our current woes.

Intense economic inequity and instability is the story of our age, and Jeff Madrick tells it with style, clarity, and an unerring command of his subject.

The Case For Big Government

Madrick insists that politics and economics go hand in hand and explains why America benefits when the government actively nourishes economic growth. He argues that America must reject free market orthodoxy to deal with changing times. Indeed, when America worked best in the past, it always did just that.     

2009 PEN Galbraith Non-fiction Award  Finalist

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Why Economies Grow

Madrick avoids the simplistic interpretations of economic growth that now dominate the public discourse and proposes an original agenda for the nation that is historically well-grounded and stresses the breadth and complexity of economic growth.

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The End of Affluence

Madrick explains why prosperity has eluded so many Americans for decades.  He cuts through the rhetoric and illusions of both political parties to write, as one leading economist put it, "one of the best books on what's happening in the American economy to be published in years." 

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

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Taking America

Madrick describes the sources of the great takeover movement that engulfed American business beginning in the 1970s, and often left workers out in the cold.  
 A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 

Business Week: One of the Ten Best Books of the Year

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Unconventional Wisdom

Madrick compiles fifteen lively essays on vital alternatives to the conventional wisdom that has led the nation down the wrong economic path.