Summary of The New New Deal
From THE NEW NEW DEAL by Michael Grundwald. Copyright © 2012 by Michael Grunwald. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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As controversial as it is huge, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 was a historic piece of legislation, according to journalist Michael Grunwald. Grander in scope than Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, the Recovery Act evoked even more rancor and confusion than its 1930s predecessor. But while most of the debate centered on the bill’s short-term recovery prescriptions, its potentially transformative powers rest in the way it bets on the US economy’s long-term rehabilitation. Grunwald painstakingly recounts the background, genesis, formation and aftereffects of the law. He offers a detailed picture of the American political and economic environment in late 2008 and 2009. If you’re squeamish about the gory details of US politics, avoid the ugly particulars. Focus instead on the Recovery Act itself and its results so far, which, Grunwald says belie its perceived reputation as an abject failure. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends his work for its incisive look at what may turn out to be the beginning of the re-engineering of the American economy.
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Michael Grunwald is an award-winning senior correspondent for Time magazine.
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8 years agoOut of touch and out dated. Terrible book..read like reelection for Obama