This book is basically a history textbook, a few chapters of a macroeconomics textbook, and 4 biographies rolled into 1.
It spends more time talking about politics and the outward appearances of the characters rather than getting to the punchline. It's very long and long winded.
The book covers 1914 to 1944. It goes through and attempts to link together the policies, events, and mistakes throughout the time frame. It covers WW2, Gold Standard, etc.
For sometime I have wanted to understand what brought about the great depression, so I thought this book might explain it to me. I'm neither an economist nor a historian, but I am interested in the topic. I found the book less than helpful in this regard. The author spends a lot of time touching on what must seem to him as entertaining trivia, but I found it frustrating. The author seems to assume familiarity with both economics and history to be able to provide the context. I had to laugh at the end of the book when the author tells the reader that the purpose of the book was to summarize the influence of the four main characters - I had no clue who the four main characters were, and when he finally named them, I wasn't sure who one of them was.
All in all I wish I had not wasted the time or money on the book.
Perhaps I did not give it much of a chance but this audiobook pretty much put me to sleep. It goes through the very personal background of the characters. Too much detail I believe. I was expecting the author to start discussing the character's favorite color.
I am sure it is a good book and others will surely enjoy it. Maybe I should have bought the abridged version.
Good Historical Review of Key Money-Men/Bankers who impacted major political events in Europe, the US, and other regions of the world in the early 20th century.
Too many personal details on lifestyles of wealthy families/individuals presented throughout the book that did not seem to be significant to the storyline. Most of book however was relevent to the main topic of financiers who mismanaged world financial resources.. Average read on wealthy power brokers and how they influence world events.
The subject has been very well researched by the author and the book goes into detail about all the points that are brought up. I really enjoyed the detail on the subject, but the detail may be a bit much for people who are not interested in monetary economics and banking.
I'm a Joyful Vegan/Artist-Photographer who has become passionately addicted to Audible.
Don't buy this book. It reads like a list of events, a history outline.