The "Politically Incorrect Guide" series seldom breaks new ground in argument or research. What they do, often extremely well, is bring together facts and theory in a way that's accessible for the reader who, in this case, may not be an advanced student of economics, or who has only heard the government-approved textbook version of American history. "'Most everybody knows," after all, that the New Deal "got us out of the Depression," while others may be apt to reply that, no, it was really World War Two that got us out. Murphy says neither argument is correct, and he brings the facts and history to back it up.
Two or three years ago, this would have been primarily a book about principles and theory. Today, though, it's a a book about principles and practical application, and of course extremely timely in its focus. Of the two, I think "Meltdown" is frankly the better book -- more comprehensively argued and more persuasive in that it's more closely tied to today's context. Understanding the historical foundation is critical, however, and this volume is an excellent way to develop that understanding. It is, itself, "a book you're not supposed to read," which makes it almost essential that you DO read it.
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