The book details U.S. generalship from WWII to the present. The basic idea was that the army, in World War II, under Gen. Marshall, quickly relieved poor performing generals and that style of management has slowly gone out of favor. Poor performing officers are either rotated to other positions or even promoted.
Even as a history and foreign affairs buff (and someone who works in foreign policy), I thought this book was too much of an niche for me. It got into the weeds of the behavior and policies of certain generals I had never heard off. Also, the author seems to be gratuitous in his Monday-morning quarterbacking of Generals’ actions.
I would not recommend this anyone outside currently serving Army officers.
A meandering story with profiles of some people who have a very tangential relationship to finance
I tried to like this audiobook, but couldn’t find a reason to. The author goes back and forth between profiling people and scientific ideas. But he does a very poor job in relating both topics back to Wall Street. For example, author spent quite a few minutes talking about Robert Oppenheimer’s brother, Frank, who was blacklisted for several years because of his association with the communist party. And the author will go on discussing the academic atmosphere back when the McCarthy era purges were going on. But Frank never worked on Wall Street.
I would avoid.
One of the audiobooks I truly enjoyed listening to, and one that I recommend. I live in DC so l liked the salacious gossip about personalities. It also disappointed me to here how many people in this city (politicians, media personalities, lobbyists) are getting rich by sucking at the government teat.
The most basic of explanations on how economies work and grow. This book definitely has a pro free-market/libertarian bias (which I completely agree with), but it was hard for even me to get through. Very, very basic. If you have ever taken a class on economics, pass. If you are a socialist, schooled in Lenin/Marxism, get this book.
No. If you're read any other material on behavioral economics, and how our biases make us less than 100% rational, skip this book. It basically goes over the works (very simplistically) of Dan Kaheman ("Thinking Fast and Slow"), Dan Ariely ("Predictably Irrational") and a slew of other well-known experiments. If you have been exposed before to the ideas of confirmation bias, bystander paradox, etc, you'll gain nothing new.
The nitty gritty of the 2008 presidential campaign.
I'm a political junkie, and was excited when this title was on sale. I have been spending way too much time listening to it the past few days. It unfolds like a thriller. Fascinating information about the inner-workings of the Obama and Clinton campaigns. Most memorable was the story of Edwards and his wife.
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