Compared to Lewis' other books this one is weak. Lewis chooses national and regional "character" to snark about (not explain) the meltdown. The tone and approach is flimsy. The real question is "where were the adults" (Government) and why didn't a single government throw a yellow flag and blow the whistle. AND most important where were the basic metrics ithat would illuminate a tipping point. In "The Big Short", Suskind's "Confidence Men" and Markopolis' "No One Would Listen," it is clear that many individuals have developed measures that define what is not sustainable. A more interesting book would be why, in the Age of Data, does the world economy still run on relationships, assumptions and conflict avoidance.
An Important Book
When I told people I was reading this book - they said, "Oh, that sounds like fun (not)." It has turned out to be an incredible piece of non-fiction - extremely well written - emphatic without being disingenuous. I would group it with Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men - maybe better.
This book is not about favorite characters. Rebecca Lowman's narration captures the ethos of this book brilliantly.
This is a perfect pairing of author and narrator
This is not a book - it is an advertisement for the author's company, Navigenics. It represents the a core problem with healthcare - physicians hawking BS under the guise of science. The cover should read "Advertisement" in large letters across the top, subtitled "will only enrich the author and do nothing for your health." The content is recycled news releases from various mass publications.
What is so disturbing about this book is Suskind's assessment that Obama is no task master and lacks courage and conviction. Further, Obama should have read Sutton's "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't " prior or forming his team - he would never hired Larry Summers.
This author was in desperate need of an editor who could have distilled it into one sentence: "It is all about ME ME ME!" Further, The sex in this book is thinly disguised rape - so if you like your sex violent and one-sided, you will like this book Finally, this is an opportunity for those who chronically take credit for the collective work of many people to bathe in shallow, repetitive, self-righteous delusion.
This is a required read. It is a brutal example how the old and powerful take advantage of the young and dedicated. That being said, I am in awe of these guys.
This book is filled with interesting ideas.
Among the many interesting ideas here is the notion that "strength is weakness" - We are genetically programmed to have a sense of right and wrong. Consequently power should be used to create fairness and harmony and when it is used tyrannically, the weak and the helpless rise up bite holes in the scrotum of the tyrant, squeeze out his testicles then do him in. Got to love ape justice - no rehab centers for them.
At the end of the day, Foote is a Southerner, who is trying to put the best face on a bad cause and a horrendous defeat. Foote neglects the genocide of The Southern military leadership, who were relentlessly sent into dubious battles until their was no one left to lead, He belittles Chamberlain's work at Gettysburg, accuses the North of abusing blacks - omitting any serious mention of their treatment in the South, describes one southern victory after another until, wholly crap, the South is defeated. Foote's story takes volumes to obscure and bury in detail the stupidity of the event.
Required reading for anyone who is constantly looking to better understand their world
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