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Okay. Good but not great.

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Reviewed: 02-11-18

The story might have been more effectively told in about half as many episodes. The background mood music was overdone and detracted from the story telling.

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What really happened to the American Dream?

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Reviewed: 05-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. There are a lot of books out there that seek to explain what hat happened to the white working class in the last half century. Many focus on free trade and globalization. Some blame white working class culture. This book focuses squarely on the primary culprit: the corporate raider culture unleashed during the Reagan Revolution. Many other prosperous nations weathered the transition to globalism without thoroughly eviscerating their working class. Alexander's book reveals that we did this to ourselves, and we continue to permit and even celebrate a particularly predatory version of capitalism that is sucking the blood out of the nation.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Alexander effectively explains how predatory raider culture works, in all its complexities. But he humanizes the story by introducing us to its real victims.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Souer’s performances?

Probably not. The narration was wooden, and was often jarringly disconnected from the journalistic style of Alexander's writings. The narrator's voice seemed especially at odds with those parts of the book when Alexander was depicting his working class subjects, and when we were hearing their words and viewpoints. The book deserved a livelier, earthier narration.

If you could give Glass House a new subtitle, what would it be?

How Corporate Raiders Killed the American Dream.

Any additional comments?

I wish this book received at least as much attention as Hillbilly Elegy has received. I think it is a truer portrayal of what has happened to the white working class.

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