Very few facts about Bernie & his scam: check. Self-obsessed artsy gadabout: check. Wicked ex-wife: check. Disfunctional wimpy husband: check. Most adorable children ever: check.
In this indulgent "memoir" Stephanie Whoever discovers "Mr. Right" complete with fishing gear just as she's about to pass the big 3-0. When her candycane world comes shattering down, blame Bernie & Ruth, but throw enough morsels to say you "tried" to understand. Try to draw sympathy by telling every agonizing moment you and your husband spent together---especially with the "wicked ex-wife witch & kids" interfering at every opportunity. Sorry, Steph, but plenty of people don't have $100 to spend, let alone have to ask permission. Well, I guess we'll see her & Oprah together next. Hey, maybe she'll score a car.
Sclessinger read and interpreted by Nelson Runger provides a very enjoyable experience well worth a couple of listens.
This memoir, more of an intimate history of the times, focuses on the people more than mere events in telling in a vivid fashion what is was like to grow up and live in the first fifty years of the momentous twentieth century. Schlessinger draws from his personal experiences to describe the interwar years in the Ivy League, then a very comprehensive yet readable account of the New Deal, or, rather the New Dealers. Throw in the liberalalization of U.S. politics, including the nascent Communists and finish with a most unusual look at Harry Truman, and you have a very intoxicating look at the first half of the century.
This book is very flawed. The best part is the dramatis personae at the beginning. McGee keeps referring to the "economy crashing" but never tells us exactly what that means----50% unemployment, 30% interest rates, etc.?
In other words, what is the botrtom line effect on the average Joe whose only connection with WS is a few shares of common and my 401 or pension fund.
Of the nearly 15 books I've listened to regarding the "crisis," this is clearly the biggest waste of time. I agree that "Too Big" and "Big Short" make a lot more sense.
I would short this book & go long on some of the others.
Ironic as it is, "A Million Little Pieces," is placed on the "People who read this also read..." link.
Do we have a true, factual story or James Frey and Augustin Burroughs all over again? My opinion is that we have a very concocted fable wound around a stalk of truth.
The childhood memories, exquisite in detail (Cf. also, Burroughs), cause me to wonder how much fact-checking was done on this gruesome story of growing up disfunctionally. Overcoming victimhood seems to have become a new literary genre in itself.
Sorry. Just as I doubted the James Frey, "It was so bad that..." in an Audible review before the floodgates broke, so I sit here, waiting for a blogster to find the smoking gun, whether it be the hospital stay, the family "skedaddling, or the other imaginative facets of this story, I only wonder if the publisher will be sending refund checks.
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