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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1802)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1503)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Left me wanting closure"
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    What disappointed you about Boomerang?

    I was very much expecting Boomerang to tie the failures in the global economy back to the activities in the United States in a more meaningful way. The cover has a picture of George Washington with a black eye, and I figured this would be a reasonable assumption. I felt as if the global economic failure was described as a series of separate events rather than an integrated failure that was in many ways causted by our interconnectedness and our globalized economy.


    What could Michael Lewis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Michael Lewis should have connected the dots rather than painting a scattergram of financial chaos.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine.


    What character would you cut from Boomerang?

    I would probably not have included the information about Iceland. They seemed somewhat irrelevant to the overall story.


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