Other professional historians might appreciate this book.
If the book meandered less, and was less soporific, it might have been more enjoyable.
If the performance could have kept me awake in spite of the poor material, it might have been better.
I would have shortened the sentences, and tried to bring some thematic coherence to the book.
The author's meandering and soporific prose, and the narrator's soothing performance, managed to make Balkan history actually boring - a remarkable achievement.
Not having heard of Thomas Sowell, I chose this book hoping for an objective analysis of the housing boom and bust. I wanted to learn more about what happened. Instead, it became clear at the outset that Sowell was emphasizing the facts that best would support his libertarian opinions.
Change the title to make it clear this was a polemic, not an objective analysis.
Narrator was excellent - wonderfully clear, baritone voice.
It was clearly well researched, and the author's points were well documented. Unfortunately, all the facts were selected to support the author's opinions, not to provide a total picture.
From what I have read elsewhere, the crisis was caused by a combination of misguided government incentives (maybe 25%) and wild, unregulated greed on the part of financial institutions (maybe 75%). Sowell would have us believe the ratio is more like 95% to 5%. This is just not believable, and it leads us to the dangerously false conclusion that we need less bank regulation, not more. It makes you wonder if Sowell has a side business as a banking consultant.
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