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The Spectre at the Feast: Capitalist Crisis and the Politics of Recession Paperback – 15 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave; 2009 edition (15 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023023075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230230750
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I was particularly excited by Andrew Gamble's The Spectre at the Feast - both a superb dissection of the economic crisis that broke last year and a profound analysis of the implications for the future. Gamble rates this as a major crisis of capitalism, comparable with those of the 1930s, the late 1970s and early 1980s. As such, it is political as well as economic, and has created an opening for new ideas, new programmes and a new politics. But the choice between these will depend on the outcome of political struggles and on the intellectual daring and tactical skill of the leaders engaged in them. The left has a better chance to escape from the iron cage of market fundamentalism than at any time in the past 30 years - provided it has the courage to seize the opportunity. Gordon Brown and Barack Obama, please note. This book is a must for both men's Christmas stockings' - David Marquand, New Statesman
 
'Andrew Gamble...makes a convincing and determined effort to peel back the layers of the crisis...[and] skilfully paints a picture of a system, described as capitalist or free market, that is prone to crisis, political argument and rebirth...Gamble is right. It is all about politics, and the wreckage of a failed political system on both sides of the Atlantic shows the depths of the failure.' - John Whitelegg, Times Higher Education

'What I liked most about this book was the accessible way he explained not only the economics of the situation but also the politics behind it.' - The Herald

'A book to bring us down to earth.' - Sunday Business Post

'Timely and accessible, a must read for anyone interested in the competing explanations of the current financial crisis and possible solutions.' - Professor Herman M. Schwartz, University of Virginia, USA

'Andrew Gamble is our most formidable exponent of the classical tradition of political economy…He writes with exemplary clarity in limpid English, enlivened with flashes of dry humour… I have learned more from him than from any other political analyst of our generation…The Spectre at the Feast is Gamble at his best…a book that should be compulsory reading in every finance ministry and central bank…[and] the best starting point for the long road to reconstruction that the left now has to take.' - David Marquand, New Statesman
 
'A very timely, eloquent and learned introduction to the nature and causes of capitalist crises. It delivers just what students and citizens need to help navigate through these trying economic times.' - Professor Jonathon W. Moses, NTNU, Norway and Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, USA

'A highly readable account of the current global crisis, its likely trajectories and possible consequences, embedded in a brief but informed overview of theories of capitalist crisis. I really like the book and, in particular, the clear way in which it draws out the roots of the crisis in the neo-liberal response to the collapse of Keynesianism in the 1970s.' - Professor Henk Overbeek, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
  


  

  
 

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"A very timely, eloquent and learned introduction to the nature and causes of capitalist crises. It delivers just what students and citizens need to help navigate through these trying economic times."

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