informative, jaundiced, and still incomplete
You find out how spineless Ike was at times.
No. You have to take it in bites
I am an anti-communist. I am very informed and the topic interested. Koster makes the case that Soviet agents - one in particular Henry Dexter White was responsible for Pearl Harbor. Henry Dexter White served as an agent of influence for Stalin. He is a very evil man, but who dropped those bombs on Pearl Harbor? Who took those pictures of Japanese atrocity in Nanking? Who starved those boys in Bataan? This book informs us of the Japanese perspective, miscalculations and exposes the racism of Americans vis a vis the Japanese. The Soviets did benefit greatly by the war and Henry Dexter White influenced FDR through Morganthau. But the vary evidence Koster lays before us in his book convicts the Japanese more than anyone else. Koster states that Japan was unstable, wanted peace with China and America. The decision to use war as a means to create stability inside Japan was a Japanese one. Efforts to make peace with China and the United States had to come from Japan. As much as I hate the Soviets and admire Japanese culture, the decision to go to war was a Japanese one.
I like Greene as an author. I just felt this book didn't have much to say and the plot was confused
Greene is dead - Rest in peace. There is very little he can do now to make this book more enjoyable.
This story needed a more youthful and compelling narrator
Read Stambol Train instead
In the interests of full disclosure, I am a conservative tea bagger Republican. I have never voted for a democrat and probably never will.
This informative book details how large Wall Street firms like Goldman, Bear Sterns, et. al. have turned away from financing businesses and have exclusively underwritten debts of several governments. That is a rather devastating realization. As a republican, I defend business - even big business like Wall Street. Gasparino's testimony is very damning. He impeaches some of the myths about the Clinton prosperity as well. It tells a different story than that propagandist HBO mini-series Too Big Too Fail.
It is not an enjoyable book the way that listening to the Olympics is, but it is a necessary book and yes I would recommend it.
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