This was a very pleasurable listening experience of a fascinating and riveting economic history Europe and the United States in the period spanning the two world wars.
The audiobook is unabridged and consequently quite long at over 17 hours. It took me about a month to get through but didn't ever feel like dragging.
The narration uses a 1920's and 1930's American radio announcer voice that is perfect for this story. The humor is delivered deadpan.
The more they stay the same.
Fascinating book which reminds us that disastrous consequences often arise from best laid plans.
Greed and hubris were as much at play in the interwar period as they are today.
A great book for history buffs.
Extremely good. Scholarly, accurate, entertaining. Weakest on France, but so good on Norman (especially him), Strong (and then Harrison) and Schacht that the author can be excused.
A highly informative history of monetary policy and economics in the period around World War One through the Great Depression. Focusing on the key players involved in policy in the U.S., England, France and Germany.
I was very pleased with the documentation and history of this book. This is a great view into the change from gold backed monetary theory to the beginnings of worldwide faith backed currency and the decisions that were made.
Don K in Alaska
I learned a great deal about the men who handled the controls of world finance through the Roaring 20's into the Great Depression.
For those who think such matters are simple, this book should correct their misunderstanding. It followed nicely on my old Economics, Money & Banking classes in the late '60s.
This a great book. It tells the tale of the four major financial powers in the beginning of the 20th century: America, Germany, France, and Great Britain. It starts in the pre World War I years and carries through to the end of World War II, covering one of the most dramatic periods in financial history, the Great Depression. The book's premise is that the Great Depression was the result of the mismanagement of the world economy by the central bankers of the four powers, which seemed plausible in my layman's perspective. The performance is very good and compliments the story nicely. I highly recommend it.