Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
How do you rate a book explaining that pro wrestling is fake? Are there really people out there who think that the Jews caused 911, or for that matter that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with it?
The story line of this book earnestly explains that a lack of policing was a major cause of the sub-prime bubble and subsequent collapse of world markets up to and including much of the current trouble in Europe. Seriously, are there people who don’t know this? If so let me tell you they were crooks and at least 10% of them knew they were crooks, as did an awful lot of the smart money. For decades every Ph.D. in Physics has known that Black-Scholes is based on a bogus assumption. Do you really think that men like Greenspan or Summers had never overheard such discussions?
Perhaps we don’t know how to talk about this. A failure to police Wall Street would have been referred to as a failure of regulations when I was young. The trouble is that this term has been cleverly co-opted into a euphemism for monopoly protecting legislation.
But the wonkish part of the book is excellent. Literally, a systematic list of the top 50 things government should do, prioritized and color coded. Not exactly bedtime reading, but if you’re into this sort of thing, it’s among the best of the best in this genera.
Also there is a world class centrist intellect on display in this book. If you’re old enough to remember centrist intellectuals, the book may have significant nostalgia value. It prompted my wife to ask rather the constitution prevented him from running again.
Don't have time to take a class for fun? This book is like taking a graduate course in business and macro economics taught by Josiah Barlett! It might be a little dense and full of information but don't be afraid to take notes, look at the charts and graphs, and listen to it more than once.
I just wish that our lawmakers had the brains of Bill Clinton! Great book!!
Where to economy is and how we got there.
The man is the Greatest orator ever!
How great words get overlooked.
The depth and breadth of the narrative, and the careful thinking that went into it, are noteworthy. The narration was superb.
The clarity of the exposition, the emphasis where appropriate, and most especially the fact that the author was the narrator. Of course, President Clinton brings a lot of credibility to the discussion.
This is the best treatment of the current situation and the path forward that I've heard, of the 6 or so that I've heard from Audible.
Bill is a brilliant man. He read the book quite well. My problem with this book is that he refers to charts and graphs, which naturally I can't see. The first part of the book involved quite a bit of back-slapping...he had an excellent presidency and knows it. However, as he hits upon deeper subjects, it was more difficult to follow for me. I needed time to think about what he was saying - I needed to press pause. If this were a book, I would have bookmarked it to return to a topic in which I was very interested. Difficult to do while listening.
Please take into consideration that I am not the hugest fan of non-fiction. I did enjoy this book, but I feel as if I have to go back and read it in hard copy.
Just listening to an extremely smart man argue his point. It all made such good sense. Now, if only, we could get or leaders to simply understand that at the end of each day, all we really are is just a bunch of people walking around on the same piece of dry land trying to just get along with each other. My neighbors best interest is really my best interest as well.
I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.
Re-elect Bill Clinton
The research, effort and the clear ideas and pathways to a better functioning relationship between the government and private sector are awe inspiring.
I'm further to the right than Clinton, but that doesn't change the fact he made an articulate case for his positions, was respectful of other positions, and seemed to act out of a sincere desire to move the country forward.
A wonderful listen.
While this book clearly has a bias there is a great deal solid information about the current economic environment. Much is about the importance of FUTURE thinking if we want future generations to have better opportunities then we have enjoyed. There is no one right answer and moving out of the current situation will not be easy, but we must open our minds and start to listen to each others and get to the table and start debating the options rather then remaining stagnant in political rhetoric.
Chapter 5, company behavior after 9/11 - ethical leadership in business!
"This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)