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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250011736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250011732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom and Margo Helot have a large home in the suburbs, two fancy cars, two girls in private school, and daily deliveries from online stores. Tom works in finance, Margo stays home, and their social calendar is so full, they have to make plans months in advance. They are living the American Dream, but when Tom loses his job just before the 2007 onset of the financial crisis, they are plunged into a cliché of a different kind. While Tom bounces from company to company in the unstable job market, they go from their spacious home to a small townhouse to small apartments. But just when there seems to be no hope left, they find one more card to play. With a conversational tone and ironic humor, Easterbrook, who also writes nonfiction books about the economy, weaves a cautionary essay between the lines of this topical tale of love and sacrifice that will have readers nodding their heads in recognition. Heavy on the social and political commentary, Easterbrook’s novel will especially resonate with those of a liberal persuasion. --Cortney Ophoff

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Praise for The Leading Indicators

"This is the first great novel of the Great Recession."  --Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group

“A new kind of ‘non-fiction novel’ that brilliantly personifies the challenges of this moment in our national life.” –Jonathan Alter, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise

“With a conversational tone and ironic humor, Easterbrook, who also writes nonfiction books about the economy, weaves a cautionary essay between the lines of this topical tale of love and sacrifice that will have readers nodding their heads in recognition.” --Booklist

Praise for Sonic Boom

“A pleasure to read and a welcome counter to the pessimism that surrounds us.” --The Wall Street Journal

 

Sonic Boom is the business book you must read.” —Eric Schmidt, Chairman/CEO of Google Inc.

 

“Better than any other, this book explains why the future of our world is still a globalized future, one in which the increasing speed of change will directly affect us all. If you read Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat, you must read Sonic Boom, because this book is the next step.” —Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-founder, Marginalrevolution.com

 

Sonic Boom is the thinking person’s Future Shock.” —Carl Schramm, President, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

 

“I strongly recommend this book to everyone who wants deep insights into the future without either excessive optimism or pessimism.” —Gary Becker, University of Chicago economist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

 

Praise for The Here and Now

 

“Moving.” — The New York Times Book Review

 

“Exceptionally moving.” — The Los Angeles Times

 

"Thought provoking... The novel's moral message might seem heavy-handed if its observations didn't ring so true." -Wall Street Journal

"Well, what a sermon! But that's what Easterbrook has written, a thought-provoking sermon [which] deserves an evangelical 'enthusiastic', tent-meeting review." Carolyn See, Washington Post

"[Easterbrook's]engagement with social and spiritual causes comes through clearly in this satisfying tale of disillusionment and redemption." -San Francisco Chronicle


More About the Author

I was born in Buffalo, New York, to parents who were naturalized Canadians. I'm a graduate of Colorado College and a lover of the Rocky Mountains region throughout North America. Because my wife was until recently as U.S. foreign service officer, I've lived in countries including Pakistan and Belgium. I wish there was still a little family-owned patisserie in walking distance from my house like there was in Brussels. My character flaw is that I watch too much football.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2012
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I enjoy this authors ESPN writings so I thought I would check out this book. It was an interesting commentary on the 2008 recession and what the author feels is going wrong in politics and business environment today. It was worth the quick read to get this point of view but the writing itself was poorly constructed and choppy. All in all thought provoking.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reamington on November 20, 2012
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As always, Easterbrook is able to take concepts that are traditionally complicated and full of detail and explain them in such a way that a layman can easily and completely understand. This book deserves to be read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janderbing on January 21, 2013
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There were a few very good points made in this commentary on our times. Some were ideas or observations that I have thought privately, but found articulated in this book. The author's ideas are cynical - for instance, his thoughts about the medical system and how the flow of money seems to push toward finding disease and reasons to operate on people. However, somewhere in there is a grain of truth. I found lots of cynicism, but these times we live in are full of quick change - I like to see the good changes, but this book exists to point out the flaws. The family's downward spiral reminded me of The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. The ending was only OK, no surprises. This gets three stars from me because it seemed the plot was a thin disguise for a political point of view. It could have had a much better story and cast of characters with which to persuade the reader. Maybe Edith Wharton did the same in her time, but her point was well integrated into a richly developed plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on December 31, 2012
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Gregg Easterbrook has taken the hard to grasp and put it into a real life spin that is sure to hit home. As a high school teacher of Personal Finance, I find many of my students struggle with the concepts of how the government and corporate America directly relate to their lives. In class, we watch the movie Inside Job and many of the students still do not understand how it has any direct impact on them. The Leading Indicators gives us a great narrative on just how much we are affected by what goes on in Capitol Hill and Wall Street. I highly recommend the book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawtyro on November 18, 2012
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I've always been a fan of the another on ESPN and so when he mentioned his new book I thought I'd give it a spin. After finishing it today, I can honestly said I enjoyed it. It is definitely a genre all to itself but it made me think and I enjoyed it.
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Excellent book! Well written. Couldn't put it down the way the writing just flowed. An intelligent portrayal of all that is wrong with the world as far as Corporations, Housing, Banking, the Economy, Morals, Betrayal of friends...and more. All done in an interesting Novel! I don't want to spoil the ending...so I will stop here. But you will nod your head, tell a friend, and understand a few more things about how the world works. This book is under rated and valued. I think in the future, or to try to tell someone about these recession years...there is no better book!
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By Kathy Mccullough on January 12, 2013
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Couldn't stop thinking about it after done reading. Glad I read this first, and then read Sonic Boom (by same author) afterwards --- felt less depressed. His writing is powerful and rememberable (is that a word?) :) FAST read.
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By dude on January 4, 2013
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great book by a great author. check out his other offerings. You will be very happy. TMQ on espn rules!
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