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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ECON Blogger Now in Book Form, March 3, 2010
This review is from: ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism (Hardcover)
I have been a huge fan of author Yves Smith's Naked Capitalism blog for years now, and this book is a major triumph, putting in one place and fully developing the major themes that Smith has explored on her blog over the course of the recent financial crisis. While this might appear to be well-plowed territory, Smith tells it as an economics story that is really a story of a failed democracy. The linchpin of her work is the ascendant power of Wall Street over Main Street during the Greenspan era and now the Bernanke era. Complicit with politicians, financial regulators, and the revolving door of government service, the big Wall Street firms and banks have, according to Smith, seized the political process to serve their narrow, financial interests instead of those interests that serve a well-functioning polity. However, despite the seemingly inflammatory thesis, this book is no rant. Smith, an industry insider, is one of the smartest and expert observers of the flawed process that we now have, and the book is loaded with incisive explanations that pull it all together for the average reader in clear and at times thrilling language. In the broadest sense, this is a moral tract as much as an economics and political one. The moral outrage, while controlled and polite, is palpable on every page. In essence, this is a deeply informed book that does what economics and political tracts almost never do: it tugs at the heart as well as at the mind.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2010 3:41:39 PM PST
Cross-posted to Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, where over 1,600 non-fiction book reviews in 98 categories are available, all leading back to their Amazon pages, but infinitely more accessible in a common-sense way.
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