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The United States Since 1980 (The World Since 1980) Paperback – 31 May 2007

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'Dean Baker is one of our most cogent economic thinkers. This is must reading.' Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect

'This concise, extremely readable, and insightful book is now the one best account of just how dramatically the United States has turned right in the past 25 years compared to other industrialized democracies. In particular, it provides an incisive analysis of the cascading series of cutbacks and policy changes that have led to increasing income inequality and job insecurity for the overwhelming majority of Americans.' G. William Domhoff, author of Who Rules America

'Dean Baker superbly narrates the great right turn in American politics over the past 25 years and explains the profound economic consequences with clarity. The conservative era has generated enormous vulnerabilities and inequalities that are now bearing down on American life.' William Greider, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and author of The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy

'In a vividly written, remarkably inclusive narrative, Dean Baker makes sense of contemporary history. He is particularly insightful about America's changing political economy in global context. There is no better book on this vital topic.' Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

'… a highly readable and concise overview of economic and political developments in the US in the last quarter century.' Transfer

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This book, first published in 2007, describes the sharp right turn the United States has taken following the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980. The treatment details how the policies pursued by the Reagan administration were a break from both the policies pursued by prior administrations and those pursued in other wealthy countries.

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