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James

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  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson, Lawrence G. McDonald
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers - right from the belly of the beast.

    Susan says: "First take: Tale of the narcissist"
    "Fascinating Story, Pooly Delivered"
    Overall

    Seems that all of the reviews are accurate. The author is a narcissist, and parts of the book are very poorly written, comically so at times. Yes, there is rampant metaphor abuse; the narration is so amateur I thought is was read by the author. That said, the story is fascinating, and the message that Lehman's failure should not have happened and would not have happened had top management been more capable and responsible or heeded the alarm bells of 2006 is persuasive. I have never worked on Wall Street, and was riveted until the end, though often annoyed by the arrogance of the author and poor writing, I recommend this Audible offering, a nice compliment to William Cohan's better offering, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "Landmark, the best of many genres."
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    Where does The Power Broker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3. Quite simply the greatest combined work of public administration, urban planning, political biography, and big city politics ever. For any young man or woman who is considering a career in public service, read this first. It is superior to any single graduate course in public administration of political science, and provides an important tutorial on how the real world works. The audio version is wonderful


    What other book might you compare The Power Broker to and why?

    Caro's LBJ series is the only serious competitor in the field of 20th century political biography.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Spoiler alert; one example of the power of Robert Moses was how he was able to push around Governor and then President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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