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The Good Room: Why we ended up in a debtors' prison - and how we can break free [Kindle Edition]

David McWilliams
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Book Description

A forensic, entertaining polemic from the author of The Pope's Children.



Ireland is deeply in debt, beholden to the IMF, the EU and the bond markets. Its economy is frozen, and years of austerity are ahead.



It didn't have to be this way - and it doesn't have to be this way. In The Good Room, David McWilliams, who spotted the dangers of the Irish property bubble and imbalances within the eurozone at a time when other commentators were cheerleading the boom, explains the bizarre economics behind Ireland's current predicament, and illuminates a different path for the country. He illustrates the consequences of debt and austerity for ordinary Irish people and explains why austerity can't work. And he shows that history offers numerous useful models for Irish recovery - provided we open our eyes to them.



Economics is about people like you. The Pope's Children was the book that connected the dots between economics and daily life in Ireland during the boom years. The Good Room does the same for the Ireland of the bust, and is - in its call for a completely different approach - an even more urgent and necessary work.



'McWilliams has a great knack for bringing a complex economics story to life. He is also funny. In economics, that's a rare and persuasive combination.' Stephanie Flanders, Irish Times



'A gifted and often courageous polemicist who has done more to popularize the debate about economics in Ireland than anyone else' Irish Independent



'McWilliams makes a compelling argument for the need for a different approach to Irish and European economic management ... [A] realistic, pragmatic call for innovative policies that take account of proven economic theory' Sunday Business Post



David McWilliams is Ireland's leading popular economist, and a columnist for the Irish Independent and the Sunday Business Post. He is the author of the bestsellers The Pope's Children, The Generation Game, and Follow the Money.



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McWilliams has a great knack for bringing a complex economics story to life. He is also funny. In economics, that's a rare and persuasive combination. -- Stephanie Flanders Irish Times A gifted and often courageous polemicist who has done more to popularize the debate about economics in Ireland than anyone else Irish Independent McWilliams makes a compelling argument for the need for a different approach to Irish and European economic management ... [A] realistic, pragmatic call for innovative policies that take account of proven economic theory Sunday Business Post

About the Author

David McWilliams is Ireland's leading popular economist, and a columnist for the Irish Independent and the Sunday Business Post. He is the author of the bestsellers The Pope's Children, The Generation Game, and Follow the Money.

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (October 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00936RTME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight November 1, 2012
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David McWilliams book: The Good Room is a well researched and well written book. This is the latest in a series of books which McWilliams has written about Ireland's fiscal plight. It explores the origin of Ireland's economic problems, the effects they are having on mortgage holders and how Ireland could work it's way out of the control of the Troika and back into the international bond markets. In his earlier books, McWilliams accurately predicted the Irish property market crash and the effects it would have on Irish society. I would heartily recommend The Good Room. I find McWilliams to be an astute and perceptive analyst whose writing style is easily understood.
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David writes very well however the story is either a story or a good insight into the economic meltdown of Ireland. I preferred God's Children but still he is largely ignored by the establishment as a economist which is strange to me since he was the one predicting this meltdown before it happened. We actually need him more than he needs us and I wish him continued success.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative May 10, 2014
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Another entertaining and brilliantly simple explanation of some very complex issues. David McWilliams is always worth listening to (and reading).
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