Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. NW (at V St.) Washington, DC 20009
Jan 26, 2009
CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker discussed and signed copies of his new book, Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy. Watch the video, which aired on CSPAN2's BookTV.
For the second time this decade, the U.S. economy is sinking into a recession due to the collapse of a financial bubble. The most recent calamity will lead to a downturn deeper and longer than the stock market crash of 2001. Plunder and Blunder chronicles the growth and collapse of the stock and housing bubbles and explains how policy blunders and greed led to the catastrophic–but completely predictable–market meltdowns. An expert guide to recent economic history, Baker offers policy prescriptions to help prevent similar financial disasters.
William Greider, National Affairs Correspondent of the Nation and author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism, had this to say:
"Dean Baker warned us what was coming. Alas, the government and most economists ignored him. They denied that a housing bubble existed and would soon collapse with devastating consequences. Now we can read why Dean got it right when so many experts were blind. The story is intriguing–and deeply disturbing."