While this work was loaded with useful and interesting facts regarding the Great Depression, it was too obviously written with the specific purpose of blaming the government for the entire problem. I found this a useful read for background information but, as a guide to actions to prevent a re-occurrence, the bias just oozed out and cast doubt over all of the conclusions.
Saw the movie. Read the book. Saw the movie again several times -- saw a lot of things I missed the first time. The book is more detailed than the movie but there were things done with "silent scenes" done in the movie that the book could not duplicate.
Very well written -- I literally could not put it down. It's a story of loyalty, love of family and love of fellow human beings, and courage in the face of tyranny. While the theme was killing, the story was very "Hitchcock" in that it was never explicit and it was never the focus. Instead, it was a story that pulls you in and explores the very depths of your soul. I'm not an emotional guy but this one gripped me and would not let me go.
When Katniss had to get into the tube for the start of the games. If felt like when I took a young man to the bus when he joined the US Army -- helpless but necessary.
When Rue died.
I would recommend this to all. I believe it has a lot to say to everyone.
It was a good summary of some ways to focus attention and the arrangement was good.
WAY too long. Reiterate the same point over and over again and do so in a way that almost insults the intelligence. Also, the fabled "7 habits" are never clearly articulated as a unit at any point -- only mentioned in the various chapters, almost in passing. Thus, if, for instance, the reader already practiced one or more of these suggestions, there is no "skipping around" to pick up the remainders. Instead, one has to wade though all the junk to get to one or two nuggets.
Narrated by the author. The "preachyness" came right thru. If I wanted a sermon, I'd have gone to church.
The 7 habits are good ideas if you can ever separate the wheat from the chaff. The Cliff Notes would be a LOT better.
It was quite long. Each character was exhaustively introduce which was a bit tedious at times but which subsequently helped the reader to understand how the thinking of each fed into the whole. So, a long book but worth the time to listen to. Really showed how complex the relationships were and are between all of the economies of the world. Eerily similar to 2008 showing how easy it would have been to have had a second great depression.
The explanation of how the economics works. How DOES a nation "fall out of the gold standard?" This book explains it in simple terms that anyone can understand.
How interconnected the world economy really is and always has been. While we talk about "globalism" today as if it is something new, this book shows that, even in the early 1900s, everything was connected even then...
Worth the time to go thru it if you want to understand what happened in 2008 and want to be able to understand what people like Ron Paul are talking about when they speak of "hard money". Will really give you a basis to make up your own mind...
Interesting at first but EXTREMELY repetitive. Personal Opinion: Simplistic view does not account for all of the problems an economy faces. Blames the government for all economic woes. Much of what is complained about is, in fact, inherent in human greed -- which is ever with us no matter WHAT economic system is chosen. No suggestions on how to handle THAT problem....
Since this man is running for president, it is a worthwhile read to understand his position. Then, YOU decide....
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