First, I disagree that the reader did not live up to expectations. So far he is one of my favorites. Alan Sklar has a warm resonant voice that soothes the listener.
Noam Chomsky is my all time favorite historian and political analyst. This is undoubtedly one of his best books, if not his best. This book has a bit for everyone, from the Iraq war to the Environment to Economics and beyond.
Chomsky fills the gap between the actual historical record and the normally stated record in public discourse and the mass media. Using a variety of sources, including released internal US documents, scholarship, human rights reports and public opinion polls, he documents the sheer hypocrisy of the US and also Great Britain in their stated policies and the actual real world policy both domestically and internationally.
I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned in the role of the US in the world. You will not be disappointed. I hope to see more books like this on Audible.
This book is a great listen. I read it 1 or 2 sittings and plan on listening to it many more times. Baker breaks down the causes of the two recent bubbles (the stock bubble of the late 90's and the recent housing bubble), and describes the fallout in detail. I am not very knowledge of this material (yet), but was able to grasp all of his concepts and learned a tremendous amount. For example, he talks about the dangers of an overvalued dollar and the ensuing trade deficit. Some of the concepts were foreign to me, but I was easily able to comprehend them, due to the concise language used by the author.
His critique of Fed Chairman Allan Greenspan was fascinating. He sites an article in the Washington Post where Greenspan implied he didn't know the dangers of the sub-prime mortgage market as he left the Fed in 2005, and didn't bother pass this knowledge on to incoming Fed Chair Ben Bernanke. As if this data was difficult to access for an economist of this stature. This is a reoccurring theme in the book, major economists across the board failed to recognize either bubble. Even though the data was staring them in the face.For anyone investing in the stock market and or housing, this book is a must read. Not to mention the price is right!
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