Michael Grabell

Money Well Spent? - The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus

As America recovers from the Great Recession, many have questioned the Obama administration’s handling of this historic economic crisis. Central to this is the ’’American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’’ — the largest economic recovery plan in American history.

The stimulus cost more than it did to fight the Iraq War from 2003 to 2010. It was bigger than the Louisiana Purchase, the Manhattan Project, the moon race, and the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.

Stepping outside the political fray, ProPublica’s Michael Grabell offers a perceptive, balanced, and dramatic story of what happened to the taxpayers’ money, pursuing the big question through behind-the-scenes interviews and on-the-ground reporting in more than a dozen states across the country.

Inside the book, you'll read about not only the effect of the stimulus on jobs, but also the long-term impact of infrastructure projects, investments in green energy, the Solyndra scandal, the Race to the Top education reform plan, high-speed rail, the rise of the Tea Party, rural broadband, Cash for Clunkers, government accountability, and partisan politics.   

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"An important and eminently-readable book."
Dave Davies, NPR's Fresh Air

"A deeply reported, well-written account of a difficult topic to capture."
- Kirkus Reviews

"This thorough exploration of the stimulus will educate readers about where money went ... and the lasting impact of the Great Recession."
- Publishers Weekly

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