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Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2010

I am an avid eclectic reader.

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  • "Gripping"

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    I have read several books recently on the financial crisis we are just coming out of. I read “On the Brink” by Hank Paulson the former Secretary of Treasury, “House of Debt by Alif Mian and Amin Safi, economist, describes the large amount of empirical research done since 2008. Now I have read “Stress Test” by Timothy F. Geithner whose book unlike the prior books provides an insider’s view point of the crisis. I am sure that this will be a controversial book and people will take sides according to their personal belief and only a few people will read it for the facts without judgment. Geithner served as President of the New York Federal Reserve from 2003 to 2008 and Secretary of Treasury from 2009 to 2013. Geithner starts the book with his childhood growing up in various countries as his father worked for the Ford Foundation. He says he learned to speak Hindi, Japanese and Chinese. Geithner describes his education at Dartmouth University and his graduate studies at the Graduate School of International Studies at John Hopkins. He tells about his personal life meeting his wife getting married having children. But he spends most of the book on his employment at the Treasury. He tells about his work in the International department working on helping countries with their financial crisis such as Mexico, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. He says the lessons he learned helped him deal with the current worldwide financial crisis. Geithner goes into great detail about how the crisis development and people were caught off guard as people were complacent because of our long time of stability in the markets. He implies that greed and lack of proper inspections lead to some of the problems. He explains what was wrong, and how they attempted to fix or relief some stress on the markets. He goes into depth about the stress test they designed for the banks to avoid future problems. Geithner explains what attempts were made at legislation to prevent future problems along with what is good, adequate or poor and what is missing and needs to be corrected. The description of our dysfunctional government comes through crystal clear. He mentions Elizabeth Warren as she worked under him as temporary head of the new consumer bureau. I noted Warren was more interested in how the crisis was affecting the individual and Geithner was more interested in the institutions and countries. One of the biggest problems during the crisis was Geithner’s inability to communicate adequately. He has done an excellent job with this book so I wished he would have written his explanations and had someone read them maybe that would have gave us the confidence that comes with understanding. It is obvious from the book the man did his best in an extremely difficult situation.

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    Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

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    • By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Narrated By Timothy F. Geithner
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    On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

    Jean says: "Gripping"
  • "Interesting look at HFT"

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    Michael Lewis has a spellbinding book with drama in a complex highly technical subject of high frequency computerized trading (HFT) in United States stock markets. This is a highly complex field that few understand; Lewis tries to explain it in terms we all can understand. This is a non-fiction book but the author made no effort to be unbiased. According to Lewis the HFT was encouraged by a regulation passed in 2005, which aimed to open large exchanges such as NYSE and NASDAQ to stiffer competition. Instead in Lewis’s view point the stock markets now are rigged by traders who go to astonishing lengths to gain a millisecond edge over their rivals. As an innocent investor presses a button to buy shares, the HFT trader leaps invisibly into the electronic market to profit from the order and thousands of other, siphoning off billions of dollars a year. The author turn it into a human narrative by telling the rise of HFT through the eyes of Brad Katsuyama a former Royal bank of Canada trader who came to Wall Street and was shocked by what he found. The story tells how he found his own exchange (IEX) that is designed to outwit the HFT abuser. If Lewis is right the regulators have failed and allowed a huge financial scandal to take place under their nose and they also have encouraged the deregulation the stock market. One of the subplots is about the role of Russian computer programmers including Sergey Aleynikov an employee of Goldman Sacks who was arrested by the FBI after leaving the bank in 2009 and charged with stealing computer code. Lewis attempts to explain why Aleynikov is not guilty even thought the jury found him guilty. Many of the Wall Street HFT elite are Russian. American’s lack of mathematical skills opened the field to the Russian mathematical and computer professionals I found this to be an absorbing fast paced story and I sure hope that Lewis has exaggerated the problem to make a good story. Dylan Baker did a good job narrating the book.

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    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
  • "What is the future of our privacy v..."

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    Unlike some of the other reviewers I found this book interesting and thought provoking. The book went back and forth between what is coming in technology and how it can be used by the individual, corporation, or NGO, for good or bad. What I found most intriguing is their discussions on how government can use the coming technology for good or evil. Jared Cohen worked at the State Department under both Rice and Clinton so I felt he had a good understanding of the various types of government in the world and what they would or would not do with the technology. They went out of their way to point out technology such as, the smart phone, will give more power to all the people of the world. It was interesting how they see the use of communication technology in helping in natural or man made disasters in the world. They used the example of Haiti to show what would have worked better and how various technologies could improve the reconstruction phase post disaster. In listing all the new advancements coming in the future I felt like one day we will pass the wonders of Star Trek. One question they asked was, for each of us to think, at what point do we draw the line of how much privacy will we give up for security. Lots of information along with pros and cons of use and abuse, over all I was fascinated with the information in the book.

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    The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

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    • By Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
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    In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected - a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness. Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley’s great leaders, having taken Google from a small startup to one of the world’s most influential companies. Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas and a former adviser to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

    Mike says: "Disappointing. At once obvious and curious."
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  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    "Should Be Required Reading"

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    This is an amazing book. It begins like a spy novel and then takes you through the history of the demise of the gold standard and the rise of central banking. Rickards then explains why the complexity of the current world makes Bernanke's social experiment in trying to reflate the economy by printing money extremely dangerous. This book will make you think. It will make you scared. It will make you understand why we are on an unsustainable path and must break up the financial world into smaller and more understandable pieces with currency backed by a real asset.

  • The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country

    "Important Book with Somewhat Misleading Title"

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    Peter Schiff offers a detailed and devastating criticism of the Fed and the federal government. He makes a compelling argument that the federal government has expanded far beyond the Constitutional limits. He also makes a convincing case that the fiscal path our country is on is unsustainable and may lead to a financial crash more devastating than 2008.

    Schiff also lays out an alternative path for the country; a path in which a far smaller federal government stays out of our lives, and where individuals have the freedom to lead their own lives and to take responsibility for their future. The responsibility for taking care of the poor and infirm is returned, as it had existed for centuries, to local governments and churches and charitable institutions. As Schiff points out, this alternative vision for America is not new; it is what the country was before the Fed, the New Deal, and the ever increasing expansion of the federal government.

    Schiff also offers compromise proposals, which he deems more politically achievable. The alternative vision would, in general, decrease the size of the federal government and gradually phase out government transfer programs, using means testing as an interim measure.

    Essentially, Schiff presents a Libertarian view of what the country should be. Libertarian philosophy generally offends Democrats (because it would shrink the federal government substantially) and certain elements of the Republican Party (less government interference means legalizing drugs and a less aggressive military). However, it has the virtue of at least being consistent (less government in every aspect of our lives) while the current parties each support an expanding federal government (and greater intrusion) one way or the other.

    Schiff's book lays out the Libertarian case in detail. The book is important because many people really do not understand Libertarian philosophy, although many clearly agree with at least substantial parts of it.

    One cautionary note: The book does NOT lay out in any detail how to invest for or protect yourself from the crash Schiff is certain is coming. He summarizes his views in one chapter. Those looking for investment advice should read Schiff's other books. The title is misleading in this respect.

  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    "Interesting Connections"

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    I had been meaning to read this book for a long time. It really makes some very fascinating connections and allows one to see the world in a different light.

    One thing that bothered me is that the book rather uncritically suggests that my hometown of Atlanta was a hotbed of Klan activity. Although there was Klan activity in Atlanta and most of the South (and in other parts of the country), the book does not mention that Atlanta (birthplace of Dr. King) also boasts a long history of African-American entrepreneurship. Further, the City of Atlanta has had African-American mayors since the 1970s. At another point, the book suggests the crime rate here is very high. Yes, Atlanta has crime, but the City of Atlanta is a small part (about 500,000 people) of a 5.5 million metropolitan community. Crime stats focusing only on the City can be misleading.

    These observations should not detract anyone from reading the book, but since the authors focus on discovering the truth about connections others do not make, I felt it important to make these points.

  • Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression

    "What's the Point?"

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    I kept thinking there would be a point to this excruciatingly long (18 hours) book. Basically, the message of the book is that financial bubbles are an inherent part of human nature; fiat currency (paper money) never works; Allen Greenspan did nothing but inflate bubble after bubble; the dollar is bound to fail; eventually, and probably sooner rather than later, there will be financial ruin; gold is generally a good idea, but, at this point, there is really nothing one can do to avoid the coming financial collapse. The book is punctuated with quite a few interesting historical examples, but meanders from topic to topic like a drunk in search of a new bar (the authors like to make statements like that). This book is terribly in need of (1) extreme pruning, and (2) a point. There are lots of books with a similar point of view. Peter Schiff comes to mind. Peter at least gives some ideas about how to deal with the rapidly falling dollar. As for this one, my advice is don't waste your time. If you are bound to try it, listen to the last two or three hours and you will get the gist of it.

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Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-16-09 Member Since 2005

Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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  • "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic,..."

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    The book assumes that you sort of know that the normal distribution is grossly overused in all kinds of science and pseudo-science. It explains in very easy to understand terms why this leads to a host of misunderstandings about the way the world really works. Examples include the recent sub-prime problems.

    At some level this is something that serious students of mathematics have understood for a long time, but few are able to explain it this well and this systematically.

    The style of the book will strike many who prefer more traditional prose as juvenile and narcissistic. But the brilliance of the book tends to overcome these annoyances.

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    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

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    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
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    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"

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    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Kozol Narrated by Keythe Farley

    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

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    In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood. For nearly 50 years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation.

  • 4.5 (4317 ratings)
    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Jesse Boggs

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
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    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
  • 4.4 (1900 ratings)
    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
  • 4.3 (1834 ratings)
    Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

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    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
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  • 4.4 (589 ratings)
    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (






ABRIDGED) by Naomi Klein Narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie

    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
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    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
  • 4.4 (506 ratings)
    Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (






UNABRIDGED) by Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman Narrated by James Adams

    Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

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    • By Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations.

    Erik says: "Fantastic"
  • 4.3 (434 ratings)
    Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America (






UNABRIDGED) by Matt Taibbi Narrated by Patrick Egan

    Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

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    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner

    Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

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    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Nancy says: "Only if you don't listen to the podcast....."
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
  • Economics: The User's Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Ha-Joon Chang Narrated by John Lee

    Economics: The User's Guide

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    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In his best-selling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works - in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks.

  • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street (






UNABRIDGED) by John Brooks Narrated by Johnny Heller

    Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Brooks
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

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  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner

    Freakonomics: Revised Edition

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    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Jesse Boggs

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
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    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
  • SuperFreakonomics (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner

    SuperFreakonomics

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    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't (






UNABRIDGED) by Nate Silver Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

    The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

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    • By Nate Silver
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    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
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  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises (






UNABRIDGED) by Timothy F. Geithner Narrated by Timothy F. Geithner

    Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

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    • By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Narrated By Timothy F. Geithner
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    On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

    Jean says: "Gripping"
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (






UNABRIDGED) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Narrated by David Chandler

    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
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    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
  • Financial Peace Revisited (






UNABRIDGED) by Dave Ramsey Narrated by Nick Sullivan

    Financial Peace Revisited

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    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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    Dave Ramsey's New York Times best-selling guide to better living through financial security, now completely revised and updated.

    Cecil says: "A Revisit to Financial Peace University"
  • Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Scott Huettel

    Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Scott Huettel
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    Behavioral economics is the study of decision making, and of the related themes of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Using methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, behavioral economics sheds light one of the most fundamental activities of human life: the decision process. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll learn how behavioral economists look at decision making and explore a set of key principles that offer deep insight into how we evaluate information and integrate different factors to make decisions.

    Saud says: "Stating the Obvious"
  • The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich (






UNABRIDGED) by Ndongo Sylla Narrated by Don Bratschie

    The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich

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    • By Ndongo Sylla
    • Narrated By Don Bratschie
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    This critical account of the fair trade movement explores the vast gap between the rhetoric of fair trade and its practical results for poor countries, particularly those of Africa. In the Global North, fair trade often is described as a revolutionary tool for transforming the lives of millions across the globe. The growth in sales for fair trade products has been dramatic in recent years, but most of the benefit has accrued to the already wealthy merchandisers at the top of the value chain rather than to the poor producers at the bottom.

  • Economics: The User's Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Ha-Joon Chang Narrated by John Lee

    Economics: The User's Guide

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    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In his best-selling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works - in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks.

  • Conspiracy of Credit (






UNABRIDGED) by Corey P. Smith Narrated by Dave Wright

    Conspiracy of Credit

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    • By Corey P. Smith
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
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    The Conspiracy of Credit is a must listen. It contains the most raw and comprehensive information you will ever find on credit. If you ever wondered, why the credit bureaus want you to have bad credit or why credit is for poor people, this audiobook will shock you with answers.

  • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street (






UNABRIDGED) by John Brooks Narrated by Johnny Heller

    Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

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    • By John Brooks
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

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  • The Financial Crisis: How Did We Get Here? (






UNABRIDGED) by Phillip Inman Narrated by Philip Rose

    The Financial Crisis: How Did We Get Here?

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    • By Phillip Inman
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
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    Every day brings another gloomy economic statistic. Countries heading for bankruptcy; banks running out of money; production down; shop prices up: and no end seems to be in sight. Newspapers and TV news shows dwell on the troubled times and report on the inability of politicians to present a coherent way for Britain and the rest of Europe to pull out of a long and seemingly never-ending depression. Nothing seems to give employers the confidence to hire more people, pay them an inflation-proof wage rise and reverse a long decline in living standards.

  • Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much (






UNABRIDGED) by David Robinson Simon Narrated by Christopher Lane

    Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much

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    • By David Robinson Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways. Most importantly, we've lost the ability to decide for ourselves what - and how much - to eat. Those decisions are made for us by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation.

  • Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy (






UNABRIDGED) by Joel Naroff, Ron Scherer Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy

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    • By Joel Naroff, Ron Scherer
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    The world is awash with economic information. Governments release reports. Pundits give their interpretation on television. And the stock market may go its own way, confusing everyone. How can you better understand what it means for you? Big Picture Economics, a new book by award-winning columnist and futurist Joel Naroff and veteran journalist Ron Scherer, says the thread that ties everything together is "context".