While Bryan likes The Accidental Theorist, my favorite Krugman book is Pop Internationalism. Here are some choice quotes from a chapter. Pop Internationalism has ratings and 17 reviews. Holly said: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It’s true that it became repetitive at times, but that’s the. “Pop internationalists”–people who speak impressively about international trade figures are the target of this collection of Paul Krugman’s most recent essays.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Pop Internationalism by Paul Krugman. Krugman has to say is smart, important and even fun to read.

Paul Krugman is no household name, but probably should be. In the clear, readable, entertaining style that brought acclaim for his best-selling “Age of Diminished Expectations,” Krugman explains what real economic analysis is. He discusses economic terms and measurements, like “value-added” and GDP, in simple language so that readers can understand how pop internationalists distort, and sometimes contradict, the most basic truths about world trade.

Paperbackpages. Published February 24th by Mit Press first published March To see what your friends thought of this book, please inrernationalism up. To ask other readers questions about Pop Internationalismplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 21, Holly Cline rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this quite a bit. It’s true that it became repetitive at times, but that’s the nature of putting together a collection of independent essays and speeches revolving around the same overarching topic.

There will be overlap. In particular, I enjoyed the essays that reminded us how the Soviet Union and Japan were perceived decades ago. With these not so distant in the past examples, I really think Krugman achieves what he set out to do.

That is to take his economist’s view of international I enjoyed this quite a bit. Internaationalism is to take his economist’s view of international trade and bring it to the lay person. However, I don’t know that this book is really as accessible as Krugman wanted it to be. There are a few essays that dip a little too far into economic theory for his goals.

I myself was an economics intsrnationalism. I have been formally taught about most of the models he references so for me, it is easy to follow along with his admittedly oversimplified arguments. But I’m not convinced some of krugmman friends or family members would be able to follow along with ease or even at all.

Krugman does mention inteernationalism few times just why explaining economic theory to non-economists is so hard. He even acknowledges that some things he discusses will fly right over a lot internationalixm heads. All in all, I think Pop Internationalism does a reasonably good job discussing international trade on a level that a wider range of people can understand.

He’s certainly done a better job than anyone else Internatiomalism ever read or heard. But there’s a internatioalism way to go before economists find a way to communicate with the masses.

Jul 13, Rachel Green rated it liked it. Although outdated many of his predictions are irrelevant due to the passage of timeKrugman’s book makes powerful statements about international trade and the status of global competition. I found the book to be interesting in topic, but rather internatiobalism to read in actuality.


The essays, like many books comprised of economic essays, were repetitive. Overall – content was decent, but not particularly fun! Oct 27, Randy Carlson rated it really liked it. Not bad, it’s Krugman so it internationalidm whiny, self-absorbed and nasty. That said, he brings up good points on why economists are not taken seriously.

Sep 22, Mikael Larsson rated it really liked it Shelves: In light of current trade wars building up, it is a kind of hopeful read. This too will pass. Ignorance is a bliss? Dec 17, Lynne rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’m almost done with this book, and I’ve really been enjoying it though not speeding through it as it is absolute crap as elliptical trainer fare.

It demands that you dust krugamn some old macroeconomic concepts that probably haven’t seen the light of day in a while, most importantly the way that trade always internationa,ism to benefit both sides, even if one has absolute advantage in the production of every single, conceivable good and service. I don’t know about you, but I think this is easily lost in tod I’m almost done with this book, and I’ve really been enjoying it though internationallism speeding through it as it internationlaism absolute crap as elliptical trainer fare.

I don’t know about you, but I internationallism this is easily lost in today’s controversies: Remember good old internationaljsm advantage? I’ve said “competitive advantage” so often in the last few years that comparative seems angry that we forgot about her advantages. This book is here to remind us in no. I don’t want to say too much more or I’ll ruin all the fun. It was written inthough Perhaps when I finish, I shall look up a few key indicators, though likely I will get involved doing something much more mundane.

If you do read it, please ring me up so we can discuss. I am enthralled with the subject and remember with pleasure how complex the entire notion of trade is.

Pop Internationalism

Sep 28, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s well-written and a quick read. Krugman savagely demolishes bad arguments made by those that subscribed to “competitiveness” theories, thought that NAFTA would have massive impacts good or bad upon the United States, and made other errors. This short tome should be part of any international economics library.

My only complaint is that, due to the book being a collection of previously published articles, some messages are repeated too frequently in the course of pages. Some may find the It’s well-written and a quick read. But one of the most important lessons in international economics which you can learn from following Jagdish Bhagwati or reading Against the Tide is that errors rear their heads again and again under guises that historically aware economists will recognize as old hat.

For example, the competitiveness bug irugman to have plp Malcolm Gladwell. There’s still much to learn from this classic collection of essays Jul 22, Brandon rated it it was amazing.

This was a great series of essays on the marginalization of basic economic theory with respect to the growth of trade and its treatment in the media. I would definitely recommend this title to someone who is interested in a non-partisan view of the benefits of trade to the macroeconomy as well as the dangers of using phrases like “our nation’s competitiveness” or “global competition” while discussing the topic.


I understand that Krugman wanted to present this book in chronological order, but I t This was a great series of essays on the marginalization of basic economic theory with respect to the growth of trade and its treatment in the media.

I understand that Krugman wanted to present this book in chronological order, but I think it’d probably be best for most people to go the Moby Dick route: I feel krugmzn for Paul Krugman. He valiantly stood up to members of his own party and some other well known liberal economists Bob Reich, Lester Thurow, et.

It looks like he lost Dec 24, Paul rated it liked it.

This is a good thing to pick up if you’re interested in economics, have or had a basic understanding of it, and want to reawaken that part of your brain.

Krugman writes in a very straightforward manner and makes some interesting points about globalism, international trade, NAFTA, the “Asian Tigers. My only complaint is that he repeats himself a lot in this book, but as it’s a collection of essays, each written to stand on its own, I suppose that’s expected.

Jul 10, David rated it really liked it. If you aren’t an economist, a lot of this might seem kind of wonky, but he lays out some basics of international economics as well as you are likely to get it without some more formal training.

Pop Internationalism by Paul Krugman

And he has this smug, self-assuredness about him that would be kind of annoying if you didn’t agree with him or, basically, share his attitudebut pre-NYT stint where he tends to be a bit more political and less interesting. Mar 31, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paul Krugman is a very intelligent economics author. In Pop Internationalism, he discusses common myths about globalization and applies theory and data to disprove many of them.

His writing style is so loose and understandable that people who don’t know anything about econ can easily understand his works. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Jun 05, Joshua Concepcion rated it it was amazing. This is one of the books that should be read and re-read. It’s nearly years old, yet it is as relevant as ever. It’s been sad to witness a first rate intellectual like Krugman become the combative, irresponsible intellectual he is today. Still, this book is great. Nov 02, Dan rated it liked it.

Most of the articles are a pretty good read. I might have gotten more out of it if I knew more about economics.

Aug 12, Benjamin Thomas Sutpen added it. Should be required reading for voters.