Remember the TV commercials in which a brain surgeon would reveal he wasn't really a brain surgeon, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night? That was my reaction to "The Age of Turbulence". So no, I'm not an economist, but I did read Alan Greenspan's book last night.
Robertson Dean's narration was outstanding as he wove through a deeply detailed insider's history of the economy over the last 30 years. Not surprisingly, Greenspan shares his world view of macroeconomics by connecting many disparate dots to form a coherent view of the modern global economy. For me the book was filled with many "Ah-Ha" moments in which I finally understood the roots of some of the economic issues which shaped my own life. Many of the topics, particularly his predictions on the fate of disinflation were simply fascinating.
By the end of the book, I found almost all of my lay person-level macroeconomic questions answered. As I write this review, in the midst of the September 2008 Wall Street meltdown, I find myself compeltely at ease. Greenspan innoculates the reader with a long-range vision which puts the current irrational fears into perspective. After sitting through Greenspan's tutorial in "Age of Turbulence", you will see events like these for what they are: opportunities.
I was sad to come to the end of this story. I could have listened for twice as long and I hope the maestro thinks about doing another book.
I agree with other reviewers who have quipped OK if you have patience. By midway through the book it was drudgery to keep going. I hung in there and in the end, found it to be only barely worth my time. My biggest disappointment was that this is a book about Oppie's political trials and tribulations; not about science. Even in retrospect I find it astounding that someone can write such a detailed account of Oppenheimer's life and say so little about the heart of the man's life...which was science. What you do get in full measure is intricate descriptions of who was meeting whom during which FBI wiretap and who testified against whom to save their owns skins. Thus, this was a book about personalities; not about the world-changing events that marked Oppie's life. A non-scientist with an interest in the McCarthy era may well enjoy this book thoroughly. But I, alas, did not.
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