The book begins with great promise as it takes a new look at how FDR's policies did more to prolong the Great Depression than bring about recovery. However, it quickly gets lost among art collections, boat trips, government photography programs and the life stories of a cast of thousands that is impossible to follow in an audio book. I personally would have preferred a smaller cast and more focus on the economic principles that are all but glossed over. By the end, there are too many storylines to follow and they are not brought back together to form a coherent or satisfying conclusion.
A long-time fan of Dr. Sowell's articles, I greatly enjoyed the way he presents economics principles in such a practical and understandable way. Subjects like commodities markets and the federal reserve that seemed beyond the realm of understanding for mere mortals become almost simple to grasp as the basic principles are presented in a logical and uncomplicated fashion. Wish it was required reading for more public officials, espcially senators running for president who confess not knowing much about the economy.
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