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

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

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



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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 don’t think like the left, or that they operate according to a different political philosophy. The problem is that the right h...

  • 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...

  • Miriam

    If you are interested in macro-economics, in the way political and economic decisions affect the world, then you’ll want to read (or listen to) this book. It’s a compilation of Krugman’s essays,...

  • 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....

  • Tom Johnson

    I usually avoid topical books (too easily OBE) but PK is my heroEconomics = not an easy subject to write about but Herr Doctor Doctor does a stellar job. I read his column in the NYT - not to be misse...

  • 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...

  • Nader Rizkalla

    I liked Krugman’s economy views, and I disliked his political ones.Krugman, as most liberals, is failing miserably to understand the existential threat to Western civilization which is driving the p...

  • Roland Monsegu

    I was not expecting so much opinions and ideology. It is disappointing....

  • Ietrio

    Another intellectual fraud promising a bright future as long as you have a pure heart, a strong belief in his god and pay his speaking fees....