"Richly detailed, judicious, thorough and timely, this book is a primer on how to evaluate this policy -- and all public policies -- in a highly partisan, polarized, paralyzed political climate."
- The Huffington Post
"In this detailed, thoughtful, and patiently reported book, Grabell describes how one of the largest government efforts to revive the economy became 'one of the most reviled pieces of legislation in recent memory.' "
- Daniel Gross, Yahoo! Finance
"An important and eminently-readable book."
- Dave Davies, NPR's Fresh Air
"A compelling book-club selection for politically oriented readers."
- The Wall Street Journal
"A deeply reported, well-written account of a difficult topic to capture."
- Kirkus Reviews
"The debate we had about the stimulus probably should have been a lot like the book Mr. Grabell has written: a detailed investigation of what does and doesn't work in stimulus spending and whether the government really can jump-start a promising industry through investments, tax breaks and industrial policy."
- The Economist
"What I found particularly interesting and important and useful in Michael's book is on the implementation. ... Michael Grabell has written a lot more about implementation than Keynes did of Keynesian stimulus."
- Jared Bernstein, Vice President Joe Biden's chief economic adviser
"This thorough exploration of the stimulus will educate readers about where money went ... and the lasting impact of the Great Recession."
- Publishers Weekly
"A well-researched and accessible-to-the-general reader book. ... I recommend 'Money Well Spent?' as a model of investigative journallism."
- David Kinchen on Amazon.com
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The Monaco coach RV factory in Wakarusa, Indiana, is a low-slung beige complex surrounded by a gigantic parking lot and a chain-link fence topped with three strands of outward-slanted barbed wire ...
The Five on Fox News
Dana Perino plugs Money Well Spent? in the show's "One More Thing" segment, discussing the stimulus project, Bobber the Water Safety Dog ... (at 37:00 mark)
Interview with Cenk Uygur on "The Young Turks."
New York Post
Vice President Joe Biden was eager to get moving. In office for only a month, the Obama administration had already passed a monumental economic stimulus plan to address the biggest downturn since the Great Depression. Now, at the first implementation meeting in 2009, Biden -- with a smudged Ash Wednesday cross still on his forehead -- declared that the stimulus would "literally dropkick us out of the recession" ...
So, here's the thing. The debate we had about the stimulus probably should have been a lot like the book Mr. Grabell has written: a detailed investigation of what does and doesn't work in stimulus spending ...
Yahoo! Daily Ticker
According to Michael Grabell, the true answer is that while "the stimulus did a lot of good," with economists generally agreeing that it created jobs and contributed to economic growth, it failed to "live up to the promise of what the American people expected, which was to bring about a strong, sustained recovery" ...
How the Stimulus Revived the Electric Car: The Obama administration helped build an American electric car and battery industry. The question is: Will it last? ...
The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC
Michael Grabell, who covers transportation for ProPublica and is the author of Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History follows up on his ShovelWatch reporting with a book about the stimulus plan and what it accomplished ...
The Elkhart Truth
Just as it has played a prominent role in the story of the Great Recession, Elkhart has been put in the spotlight again in a new book about the federal stimulus program. The just-published book, “Money Well Spent?,” was written by Michael Grabell, a reporter with ProPublica, and examines what happened once the Obama administration rolled out the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To tell the story, Grabell focused on three communities, Fremont, Calif., Aiken, S.C. and the City with a Heart ...
NBC New York
Three years after President Barack Obama signed the controversial $780 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, projects that were approved for millions of stimulus money in 2009 and 2010 languish in the “not started” category of government data, NBC New York's I-Team has found ...
NY1 - "Inside City Hall"
Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis spoke about the federal Recovery Act with New York Times' Michael Cooper and Michael Grabell, the author of the new book, "Money Well Spent?"
Southern California Public Radio - KPCC (89.3)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in 2009 to stimulate the economy and save the U.S from falling into a depression. But was it money well spent? ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell takes on that question in his new book Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History, an expansive account of how the trillion dollar stimulus program came about ...
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