Book Review: The New New Deal


The New New Deal
By Michael Grunwald

Typically it takes decades to parse, analyze and recount the information surrounding historical policy decisions. In his new book The New New Deal (Simon and Schuster) Michael Grunwald effectively cuts the line and delivers a walloping, real-time narrative that explores the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka “The Obama Stimulus”) in astounding detail.

In fluid prose that is accessible without pandering to the reader, Grunwald invites us into the chaotic world of Washington D.C. as a newly elected President grapples with a devastating economic collapse while battling unruly opposition, unrealistic expectations and an ever-dwindling window of opportunity to pass one of the most transformative bills of our time.


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Assiduously researched and wonderfully written, Grunwald has given future historians the ultimate factual baseline from which to draw conclusions and analyze policy for decades to come.

The New New Deal is a gift to policy wonks and casual political observers alike. Regardless of which category you fall into, this book should be required reading for anyone looking to make an informed decision in the voting booth this November.

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