Simon Johnson

White House Burning : Our National Debt and Why It Matters to You

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Johnson and Kwak--authors of the national bestseller "13 Bankers" and cofounders of The Baseline Scenario, a widely cited blog on economics and public policy--demystify the national debt, explaining whence it came and what it means.

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Johnson and Kwak--authors of the national bestseller "13 Bankers" and cofounders of The Baseline Scenario, a widely cited blog on economics and public policy--demystify the national debt, explaining whence it came and what it means.

From the authors of the national bestseller 13 Bankers, a chilling account of America’s unprecedented debt crisis: how it came to pass, why it threatens to topple the nation as a superpower, and what needs to be done about it.
 
With bracing clarity, White House Burning explains why the national debt matters to your everyday life. Simon Johnson and James Kwak describe how the government has been able to pay off its debt in the past, even after the massive deficits incurred as a result of World War II, and analyze why this is near-impossible today. They closely examine, among other factors, macroeconomic shifts of the 1970s, Reaganism and the rise of conservatism, and demographic changes that led to the growth of major—and extremely popular—social insurance programs. What is unquestionably clear is how recent financial turmoil exacerbated the debt crisis while creating a political climate in which it is even more difficult to solve.

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Series Title
Vintage
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
384
Author
Simon Johnson
Title
White House Burning
ISBN-13
9780307947642
Publication Date
February, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.90 x 5.10 x 0.81 Inches
ISBN-10
0307947645

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