#15. A Summary of ‘End This Depression Now!’ by Paul Krugman

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Aaron Thibeault

7 thoughts on “#15. A Summary of ‘End This Depression Now!’ by Paul Krugman

    • Thanks for the encouragement Grant. As for the business/management books, I have nothing against them, but I prefer to cover books that explore a larger aspect of psychology and only tangentially touch on the business side of things (such as habit, in ‘The Power of Habit’, and creativity in ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works’). Having said that, if a big idea comes out of the business world and the right book comes along, I would certainly be willing to cover it. On that note, if you happen to come across a brand new business book that you would like to see summarized (I generally only take on books that are less than 2 weeks old), drop me a line and I’ll definitely consider it.


      • I totally agree with you Aaron. I stopped reading reading business books years ago and moved on to ones on psychology or social psychology. As a qualified accountant and marketer working as a management consultant I feel pyschology/sociology books ‘fill the gaps’ that exist, not only in business books but university business training in general (especially in management, sales and marketing). I enjoy reading your summaries–they’re best on the web. I certainly appreciate your commentary when you make them as they are generally spot on and as a result add significant value to your writings. Your summaries are so good I’m surprised you don’t sell them. Keep up the good work.

      • Thanks for the praise Richard. I’m glad you’re liking the articles. As for charging for them, I do intend to monetize the website in the new year, but I would like to keep the content free of charge (in other words, you can expect to see a few more advertisements soon–I hope this won’t be an annoyance to you).


  1. Any particular reason why just new books? I think “The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality” is just as valid as when it was first printed.

    • Fair point, Russell. I do very much agree with you that new books are not necessarily better than old (in fact, my favorite book is Plato’s ‘Republic’!). At the same time, though, I do think there is value in keeping up with what is most current. Plus, the fact of the matter is that newer books garner wider attention than old, and therefore stand to have a greater overall impact on how we collectively live our lives–and as someone who wishes to have an influence, this is very important to me. Last but not least, concentrating on books that have earned some measure of recent popularity ensures that my choices are not governed entirely by my own particular tastes, and so ensures that there is a certain democratic flavor to what I am doing, which I also believe is important. I hope that satisfies your curiosity.


  2. Thanks for the dueling book summaries. Isn’t Krugman’s “no boom, no inflation” theory difficult to reconcile with the stagflation reality of the 1970s?

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