Worth a quick listen, but just to see what's wrong with the Friedman, Krugman, Brill school of criticism.
Not lumped U.S. education, medical, manufacturing, technical systems in with the rest of the world. We ain't China, for God's sake.
Maybe Johnny Heller or Alan Sklar.
Yes, but barely. A re-listen only to see the way it reflects the current media preoccupation with American difficulties. On the mark about Wall Street, but little else.
After all, who is going to say that the PISA educational scores place the U.S is at worst fourth in the world if you break out White (3rd) and Black (44th) rankings and recognize Shanghai is NOT a country & Singapore & Finland are not really good comparisons. Likewise, just knowing that a lot of references rely on a convicted felon and his self-interest brother (the Milkens===yes, the junk-bond swindlers).
His conclusions (or those quoted from non peer-reviewed
Get real, Dylan. Way too lame.
From its beginning with the surreal plane trip to the end, I find it impossible to believe most, if any, part of this fable is true. I plan to check many of the so-called "events" described in the book by looking into Mr. Frey's bio.. This is clearly fiction. Let's face it---being allowed on an airplane in the described state would be impossible even before 9-11. Two root canals while strapped in a dentist's chair at the onset of the rehab program. I find it impossible to believe that a local anesthetic would cause such a severe reaction that a rehab clinic couldn't allow it. And the cast of characers reads likes a bad Hollywood script. Judge, Mafiosa, Simon & Garfunkle's Boxer, the lovely little hooker, the "saved" who stay and work at the clinic.
The entire story is so preposterous that I cannot believe people would buy into it. And the blurb from Bret Easton Ellis makes me think that HE may have been the real author. It reads like one of his worst works, if we can say one is worse than another, but uses a style so imitative that one has no choice but to think that the author either copied his style or tried to update "Bright Lights..." and transpose in into an incredibly morose melodrama.
This book cries out: "Fact-checker needed."
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