After reading the book I think I felt dumber, less confident, and less aware, but then I thought maybe my memory was wrong and I'm smarter, more confident, and more aware. Either way I know I really enjoyed this book and keep the list of everyday illusions printed in front of me to keep me aware of what I may be missing.
Holy cow! This is the first book about the mortgage meltdown that one without a financial background can truly appreciate the complexity of CDOs, MBSs, and all the other alphabet-soup financial products that nearly destroyed our economy. It is expertly read by narrator and hard to stop listening. It is exciting and painfully devastating to get a sense of how effed up some of the "experts" really were in thinking what they were doing was sustainable. Definitely worth a credit.
I liked the book and the topic, but the narration is really annoying and hard to get past. If you can keep your focus off the narration and on the substance of the text, it is an interesting book.
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