Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future

Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future

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. With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers 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.

Title:Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781324005018
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  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    If individuals can be said to have an Overton window I would say mine is centered around Bernie Sanders and AOC with on one side the far-left stuff like Chomsky or Anwar Shaikh to my left and Paul Kr...

  • Ryan Boissonneault

    The problem with the political right of recent history is not that they dont think like the left, or that they operate according to a different political philosophy. The problem is that the right has ...

  • Radiantflux

    16th book for 2020.A collection of essays by the economist Paul Krugman published over the last decade or so, starting with Obama's actions over the 2008 financial meltdown and his attempts at health ...

  • Dan Graser

    This is a very fine collection of essays, blog posts, and articles covering essentially two decades worth of issues, though there are also a couple of foundational works from the early 90's included a...

  • Rick Wilson

    I love the concept. Arguing with Zombies is an incredible metaphor for our increasingly siloed world. I remember viscerally feeling what Thomas Pinketty called a dialogue of the deaf to describe how p...

  • Rahul  Adusumilli

    This is Krugman bringing his NYT articles from behind the paywall. He dismantles bad faith arguments of the Conservatives and has great fun while at it. The few articles from the Bush era remind you t...

  • Andrew Pratley

    It is always a pleasure to spent some time reading the thoughts & views of Paul Krugman. I am one of those sad souls who read economics & politics for pleasure. With Paul you get both. Much of what he...

  • Miriam

    If you are interested in macro-economics, in the way political and economic decisions affect the world, then youll want to read (or listen to) this book. Its a compilation of Krugmans essays, columns,...

  • Linda

    I didn't read it quite as fast as it might seem - it's simply that I'd already read most of these online. If I had known that it was a collection of his columns, I probably wouldn't have requested it ...

  • Julie

    This is a compilation of earlier articles and blog posts that have aged well. I especially liked the examinations of unemployment and the discussions of the Euro....