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Michael

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Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Plan of Attack

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

    Michael says: "Rorschach Test"
    "Rorschach Test"
    Overall

    This is a well written and interesting book, well worth the read. I was amazed at the books subtle tone which allows neo-conservatives to see a strong president taking charge and knee-jerk liberals to see a detached simple-minded bumbler. As I read, I was astounded that the Bush reelection site would be pushing this book (it seemed to present Bush in such a poor light). So I would read the passage again and find that, with a neo-conservative mind set, the same passage could be read as a ringing endorsement of the President. Amazing writing. The down sides are the book is way too short and covers way to little. It barely gets going, and it is over.

    63 of 71 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4317)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1815)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Entertaining, Educational and FUN"
    Overall

    This is fun and funny, interesting and educational. It did everything I was hoping for and more. It delved into both the technical details and personalities of the sub-prime meltdown. It reads like a history but is kept interesting by interweaving finance, personalities, politics and humanity. Anyone who is interested in the meltdown or just interested in the stories of the very few people that saw it coming, this is a must read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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