"Levinson, an economist and ex-journalist, has the virtues of both-an eye for detail and an understanding of the broader picture."
- Washington Post, Best Economics Books of 2016
"A smoothly written account of the U.S. and the world economy.... Mr.
Levinson is a smart enough author not to be tempted into some breathless
mono-causal account of either the earlier 'boom' or the later slowdown.
He's excellent at description."
-Wall Street Journal
"A provocative book."
-Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
"[Levinson] has a journalist's appreciation for the power of on-the-ground observation."
"A valuable antidote to all passionately held economic ideologie."
-Paul Collier, Times Literary Supplement (UK)
"It is this story of the coming and passing of that long boom-and apparently the inability of politicians to do much about resuscitating it-that Levinson crisply tells."
"An Extraordinary Time provides a well-balanced (and surprisingly entertaining) tour of global economic and political history since 1973...Excellent book. Highly recommended."
-Inside Higher Ed
"Levinson has unmatchable understanding of economics and an extraordinary ability to explain intricate economics to laymen."
-Washington Book Review
"Levinson's account of this vexed era is lucid, well-paced, and entwined
with vivid sketches of economists, central bankers, and politicians who
failed to restore the pre-1973 good times. He also succeeds at
translating complex economic issues into understandable terms for lay
readers. Levinson's admirably evenhanded treatment of recent economic
history steers clear of dogmas on both left and right to explore
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
view is absolutely worth heeding in these days of unprecedented
worldwide financial experimentation.... A cogently argued account that
lays bare the similarities and differences between the world today and
earlier theoretical shortcomings."
heard it said that economic history is a dying art. Well, not in Marc
Levinson's hands. This account of how the extraordinary economic times
from 1948 to 1973 turned into the very ordinary (or worse) times that
followed is comprehensive, artfully presented, and largely persuasive.
That's quite an achievement."
-Alan Blinder, Princeton University, author of After the Music Stopped
provocative account of recent economic history which argues the good
times have gone, and no government-neither left nor right-can bring them
back. A sobering read."
-Eric Rauchway, University of California, Davis, author of The Money Makers
Levinson has given us a fascinating and perceptive account of the
economic difficulties of the 1970s and the response of policymakers. As
the United States and other countries struggled with the turbulent end
of the post-World War II boom, seeking to cope with stagflation and
higher unemployment, they often turned politically to the
right-embracing tax cuts and deregulation. How did this process work its
way out? This timely book of an important period is not just
informative, but helps put our current economic difficulties in
-Douglas Irwin, Dartmouth College, author of Free Trade Under Fire
lively, well-researched tour of the transformation of the American
economy in the decades after World War II-how it happened and why the
pace didn't last. A great read for those who lived through those years
and those who want to learn about them."
-Alice M. Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy
By (author) Marc Levinson