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The World Is Curved

Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy
Narrated by: Jim Bond
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Economics
3.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Smick keeps a low profile, but experts consider him one of the most insightful financial market strategists in the world. For more than two decades, he has conferred with central bankers and advised top Wall Street executives and investors.

The World Is Curved picks up where Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat left off, taking listeners on an insider's tour through the private offices of central bankers, finance ministers, even prime ministers.

Smick reveals how today's risky environment came to be - and why the mortgage mess is a symptom of potentially far more devastating trouble. He wrestles with the two questions on everyone's mind: How bad could things really get in today's volatile economy? And what can we do about it?

The World Is Curved is that rare work that speaks simultaneously to the Wall Street, Washington, and London elites, yet its apt storytelling shows Main Street readers how to survive in these turbulent times.

©2008 David M. Smick (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The World Is Curved is essential for those who wish to understand the workings, politics, and distresses of the global financial system...insightful and entertaining." (Alan Greenspan)
"David Smick's probing insights in The World Is Curved stem from an extraordinary vantage point few observers can match." (George Soros)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

I found this to be one of the most interesting books I've read on historical economics, written by someone who was there during the hay day of corporate greed and economic bubbles. The chapter on China alone is worth the price of the book

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • South Beloit, IL, USA
  • 03-29-09

Disappointment

This book is pure laissez-faire/free-market rhetoric. I am a big fan of economic history, and I would recommend "The Ascent of Money" by Ferguson, "The Great Depression Ahead" by Dent, and "The New Golden Age" by Batra instead of this book.

This book was a waste of a credit.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful