This is simply a recasting of historical events with the author's fantasy life inserted here and there. I was hoping for a believable story but was disappointed. The writing almost reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson's over-the-top style. Early in the book the author, straight out of college and now an "EHM", is sent to a luxury hotel in Indonesia with a fleet of eleven SUVs and women bathing in the river outside his window.
After about an hour, I decided that even if the story is not fiction, the prose is one cliche stitched with another. The narrator tries to hide his frustration but there is no theme to carry between sentences or inflection to inform or suggest we are going anywhere. There are no references to history or motivations just simple name and event dropping.
terrible book... only good if you believe everything wrong in the 3rd world is caused by an economist who makes an overly optimistic forcast. the author claims that he and is fellow economist are so important that they can determine the fate of a country. The sad truth is probably no one ever read any of his reports. typical academic thinking what he writes matters.
frankly the author is a legend in his own mind. dont waste your time.
I'm not an expert in Economics but I know self serving BS when I hear it. The author may be correct in some of his assertions, but the obvious aggrandizing fantasy episodes in the book kill any credibility he has. I think he was reading Ian Fleming novels while assigned to boring accounting jobs and has gotten them mashed up in his head. His "confessions" are boasts and his self flagellation is both insincere and cloying. This book has some limited entertainment value and some usefuleness when baiting folks with political agendas. As a credible source of knowledge, it's useless.
this book is for liberals. fellow right wingers, stay away. you can listen to it for comedy, but dont expect substance. the narrator does a good job of conveying the authors loser status. if youre a successful person you will look down on the author. really, this book is a load of fluff, dont bother