i really wanted to like it, but i grew bored and dropped it. (and i generally love science books)
a must-read review of the history of financial crises. for all of our hopes that we've reached the end of history, we never do. this is essential reading for everyone in the West who ever wonders where the economy (whatever country you live in) is going next. straight-forward, easy to digest history that's interesting. ...then you won't be surprised when the news plays out now in this crisis the same way it's done in the past...
I've recommended this to everyone. Read by the author, it condenses the current state of brain development into "rules" for dealing with children. By far the best of the bunch of recent books on raising children.
once you get past the self-congratulation and the sales pitches (which increase in the second half of the book), the predictions about the coming hyper-inflation and popping debt bubbles is well worth consideration. not all doomsday predictions.
fun and interesting. deals with things you think you know, like the home field advantage
(and if you can get past the cheesy title.) Basic techniques to understand yourself better by looking deeply into yourself, then help your relationships with everyone, by learning to communicate better (yes, i know it sounds cliche), and really, deeply understand others. Read it, then attend his seminars.
You need to understand what "psychopath" or "sociopath" actually mean, from a medical standpoint. Why? Because you probably don't know what the words mean now, and because you've already met, befriended, worked with, or lived with one, and may not have known it...to your detriment.
If you don't understand why we suffered the big collapse of financial markets, this will explain it. If you already know what CDSs and CDOs are, you'll still find this fascinating because it's a retelling from the ground by people who watched it happen and participated in it while it happened. Third, if you like to read Lewis, you won't be disappointed.
Primarily a history of WWII, with extra emphasis on what happened to financial markets and wealth. The end has his suggestions for keeping wealth through major crisis times (buy farmland). But his comments about how stock markets magically predicted everything are silly, 20-20 hindsight: 'notwithstanding the news coming from the front lines, the stock market somehow sensed that...'
Ok, the subject matter is dry, but this book is so important that it should be required reading for every citizen. If you can't bring yourself to read it, then at least watch the documentary film I.O.U.S.A., which prominently features the author and at least reveals the basic financial problems facing all of us. The book gives some possible solutions. He tackles every sacred cow in government.
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