This book, especially towards the end, put together a well reasoned practical way to end this depression. I in general lean toward smaller governments with less spending in normal times and appreciate how the author (when not making personal attacks on Republicans) lays out the reasoning and historical examples for his policy. It's best quality is that it does not assume that there is a simple solution to a simple problem for many of our current calamities and explains the problems in depth along with a reasonable sounding solution.
My problem with this book is that in the beginning it seems to just be a I hate republicans lets bash them book. An example is that he continues the myth that rich people and corporation give all their money to Republicans, sites like opensecrets tend to show that Politian in power get the lion's share of the money.
This is a shame, because the book is really good (so if you are an open-minded Right leaner like me keep listening). This book has the best detailed explanations of the 2007/8 mortgage crisis, European debt problems, unemployment and why the Bush/Obama economic stimulus package failed out there.
In general, the book seemed to be well written and document the pit falls of the personal finance industry well. In general I liked the criticisms of the financial gurus and have had similar feelings in my subconscious that she gelled into words.
I am conservative and bought this book because of a Piece that Helaine wrote on Dave Ramsey in Pacific Standard that I thought was BS, but needed to know more about her thought process to dismiss it. Personally, I think that he has done a great job of getting a bunch of people to pay attention to their situation and take steps to make it better. Her work in this book seemed to acknowledge that people can make choices to better and worse their individual situations, but most gurus miss the fact that a minimum wage worker is not going to make it no matter how well they budget.
I am glad that I took the time to listen to the book. While I don't agree with everything she stated, I do feel that I have learned some interesting things specifically about the mutual fund industry that is helpful.
Anyone who knew how to pronounce Suze Orman ... Being as it is critical of Suze's work, I feel that the publisher owes Suze the decency of pronouncing her name correctly in the audio.
The linking of the financial education movement to financial institutions was brilliant. I have never thought to think that why are the same people that are lobbying congress to make our financial future murky and impossible to understand the same ones that say financial literacy will save the day...
As she said if they believe that the solution to the financial problem is for consumers to understand what they are doing, then the most obvious thing to do is to write simple contracts and sales material that disclose the fees and risks in common English.
I hated the diatribe on women investors and wonder if she could have put that part in a separate book for readers that are interested in that stuff.
Mr. Le Put put a lot of effort into organizing this material in a way that makes it very helpful to listen to in the car. Very well done.
I have listened to a lot of sales books and this one gives insight and suggestions that are the best of the best. Worth the time and money to invest in the material.
It is a nice pick-me-up, short burst of enthusiasm... with lot's of name dropping and self-aggrandizement.
I was waiting for the meat, but it never came.
This update seemed to really clear up some of the fuzzy edges of the prevoius version and Is worth a listen.
Yes, but not possible due to the length.
This was an absolutely wonderful serious of stories of families and individuals in North Korea over the years since the Korean War. Both the Author words and the narrator's readings make this book so compelling that I could not stop listening. The insight into the brainwashing of the citizens was remarkable. I will listen to this book several times.
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