I have been looking for this book for a long time. I have read many books looking for the answer to how we got here (in this economical mess) and why are we stuck. Each book seemed only to deal with a small part of the problem. Hedrick Smith puts the puzzle together for us. He explains the legislation, motivation behind it, and the players responsible for it. He deals with each sector of the economy, because there is no one culprit. He debunks many of the "sound bite" reasons given by our politicians for our lack of progress out of the woods.
Read it before you step into the voter booth!
I was expecting some insight to the political workings of Washington DC. What he delivers is old news. We know that most politicians that go to Washington stay in Washington and become power brokers.
I gave up listening about half way through
I did not like the format. The story was told in letters back and forth between the characters. It was a nice little love story with historical background, but had no "punch".
This a must read. We all need to educate ourselves. There is too much conflicting noise on the airways. Mr Krugman has done an excellent job explaining how we got into this economical mess. And his voice is one of sanity on the road out of the mess. Do yourself a favor and listen.
I agree with him in that we have been lead down this path by greed and ignorance.
Ken Follett has a wonderful way of combining history and fiction. His characters are well developed and John Lee excels at bringing them to life.
The plot has many twist and turns which captures the imagination, but is predictible. I don't look to Mr Follett for suprise endings, but rather to be carried back to the times and places in which he sets his stories.
Baldacci needs a pulpit. Too much preaching, not enough plot. The narrator adds nothing. Don't waste your time.
Dan Brown is more interested in educating the listener on the history of the Masons than developing his storyline. I was very disappointed and often bored by his rambling.
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