If you are not very familiar with macroeconomics and would like to know Alan Greenspan's take on economic forces, principals and issues of modern times, this is a great book. You will find plenty of historical examples, future projections as well as eloquently explained economic and political relationships and trends that shape our world as we know today. Just as interesting is the authors' opinion of many prominent public figures he met during his career.
The book is intended to be an "easy read" for an average reader, so do not expect it to be of much academic value or any in-depth research/analysis that can be used for, say, investment purposes.
The narration is excellent, arguments are persuasive and easy to follow, the amount of material covered is also quite substantial.
Ideally, I would suggest this book to an average voter who wants to understand the economic impact of various public policies. Policies like "more taxes for the rich", "more power to the unions", "deport immigrants", "erect a trade barrier with China", "freeze gasoline prices" not only have a profound economic impact (mostly negative) on everybody, but also have a long history of prior attempts that we can learn a lot from.
Lastly, as much as Greenspan tried not to come across this way, but he surely seems to be riding a rather high horse. His opinion of self-importance and self-righteousness could use a trim..
This book easily gets on my top ten list. I have been listening for a long time with over 300 books downloaded from various sources.
I am not sure whether it's better than "Pillars of the Earth", but it's irrelevant because I'd recommend to get them both.
Great story, great narration. Kids absolutely loved it. Can't beat the price, but I'd still get it if it wasn't free.
There are way better books than this one. For starters, the plot is boring and predictable. The characters are either extremely bad or just as extremely angelic to such a degree that they come across as fake cartoons. I listened to the end, but only because I had nothing else to listen to at the moment.
The whole idea of existence of multiple parallel world created by people's choices is presented a bit out of place to be the central theme of the story.
The author also attempted to involve a number of racial and religious issues. These do not seem to fit in a fictional novel.
Some books are written to get a point of view across, some are written strictly for entertainment value. This book... is worthless.
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