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  • Who Stole the American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hedrick Smith
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

    jane says: "He ties it all together"
    "Essential Reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to Who Stole the American Dream? the most enjoyable?

    This is a thorough analysis of the consequences of deregulation of government carried too far. Deregulation started by Reagan and Thatcher was based on a misreading of Hayek's Road to Serfdom. Deregulation of the financial industry has led to unfettered white collar crime and a nullification of the good work of the Chicago School and Milton Friedman. This in turn has led to subversion of the democratic apparatus in America and the rise of fascist-like oligarchs and political superpacs.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Systematic and comprehensible description of the "Great Recession." and erosion of home equity value.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great voice, easy listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    White Collar Crime in America or Worse than the S&L Scandal


    Any additional comments?

    Essential reading to accompany the works of Robert Reich, Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz. It defines the problem of income inequality in America and the importance of resurrecting an affluent middle class. It also identifies the villains without suggesting how revanchism might be achieved.

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