Overall the book was informative for someone who has never read or studied anything about economics. It certainly seemed to present an eyes open view of financial realities to come. I do have a couple of criticisms, one cynical and one national.
First, it appears that the USA, Japan, Great Britain and most of the world are doomed ... probably ... almost certainly, but it's OK because in a few generations we'll be able to look back with fondness on the, as yet, imminent tough times. Meanwhile, exciting technological advances will anesthetize us into thinking the pain isn't so bad.
Second, I find it rather amazing, that even though Canada is the largest or second largest trading partner with the USA, there was more in this book about the economies of Latvia & Estonia than us in the frozen wasteland to America's north. If like me, you are a Canadian, let me sum up; gather as many Loonies (that's Cdn$, not whacko's) as possible as opposed to other currencies and, the Canadian housing bubble hasn't burst, yet.
I don't regret using a credit for this audiobook because I did learn a lot about an important, albeit dry subject. If you choose this for your own library, do it for the education not the excitement and if you want to know what's in store for us polite, igloo living schmucks north of 49 you better ask Prime Minister Harper. I hear he's an economist too.
If you read the title, you got all of the information this book has to offer. The author provides only the most basic of analysis, and even for this cites others, specifically Rogoff, over and over again. He takes the basic premise that is in the title and repeats it over and over and over again, using anecdotal stories, not facts, figures, or data. I really dislike it when authors do this, because it screams that they wanted the book revenue, or to get their name out there, in other words writing the book was about them, not about the person who was going to read it. I agree with the author's premise, but lets face it, so do millions of others, and this is written about constantly on the internet, and in the non-mainstream financial press. To make this book compelling the author would need to cite something new, new data, or a new way of looking at the old data. He does none of this. I turned it off half way through. Spend your money elsewhere.
I give this book a 5 star rating because it is a great book and it deserves it. In my case I not a person will great knowledge of the economic scenery around the world and in the USA. He uses many terms that I was not familiar which had me search on the web. The book allowed me how integrated the economies around the world affect and depend of she other. I would recommend this book with the comment that it may require some research to understand in depth. I benefited from this book and I'm more aware of what is going on with the USA economy and how it is affected by China, India and Europe.
Enjoyed very much performance and all the information has been shared by author .
I have better understanding of almost everything what has an impact on mine and other people life's . Easy to understand and apply some adjustments .
Very grateful for this education and I think every American Citizen should know this book.
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I liked the presentation of the information. As a numbers person it gave another perception and was thought provoking. I think it may be very difficult for some to follow the material, even though it is being read very well. I found myself backing up from time to time, just to get a clearer understanding. The use of numerous acronyms added nothing to the book, and probably should've been avoided. I must admit that if I were trying to read this book, I would not have finished it, it is not something that would keep me turning the pages. At the same time I am glad that I found it on Audible, and find it well worth the time to be read to, especially for the people who want a better understanding (or opinion) of our current world financial crisis and how everyone and everything really does matter as we are all connected.
I will likely have to listen to it more again to absorb even more but even though some of the higher concepts of macro-economics were outside if my expertise, he does present it in a way that your average college student can understand.
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Pratt was awesome. His voice and tone were perfect for this text.
Ah yeah... we're so screwed. Economic armgedon is coming and few in North America and Europe know what's coming or have the willingness to take the required medicine. I'm the furthest thing from an economist, so this book was extreamly instructive though tough to follow at times. On the whole however, the author gets his points across with clarity. A great and sobering listen if you want to better understand the fiscal malaise that most of the developed world is experiencing. However, if you prefer the ignorance is bliss approach to your life, best not to listen.
Would I laugh or cry. I'm not quite sure...
Mauldin explains principles of macro-economics in a way that gives great depth of understanding and yet is comprehensible to a non-economist. Additionally, Pratt voices the book at a perfect pace and speaks clearly and carefully, making complex passages easy to follow.
Maudlins "just-the-facts" no hype approach makes a very convincing argument that we will have to face the costs of past excess and foolishness soon.
Mauldin's views are fascinating and hopefully not a future prediction... but good to know just in case.
You will be better able to make your own financial and even political choices. You will understand how global debt/leverage creates instability, and how that affects national and global economy.
Both scholarly and readable, this is a thorough, practical report in very palatable form, and in terms understandable by the curious layman.
The book is a perfectly clear description and explaination of the effect of debt/leverage on financial/economic dynamics, on national and global scales, and in historical context. Its theses are extremely well explained and supported.