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Points on a Line Hardcover – May 10, 2012
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About the Author
D. L. Gentsch is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. A student of economics and history, he has keen interest in the political and economic events that shaped the past century. Gentsch lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his daughter, and --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unlike hokey "thrillers" that depend endlessly on fictionalized advanced war machinery, Gentsch's writing rides on the forces of economic gain and economic injustice - as do the real forces of our world.
His characters start as youths and progress through a lifetime of adventures traversing paths across the modern day economic jungles, international coups, and political entanglements that are spot-on in describing the way things really work. And yet, Gentsch does this with a disarming and engaging style brought to life by charming characters, which as we know, may be either good or evil, or - as is so often true - caught somewhere in the middle.
His tale culminates in the present day's recent economic catastrophes which are still rocking our system's foundations while his characters set in motion solutions that few have dared to consider.
Aside from the brilliant expose of the economics of the world, his writing is smooth like fine Scotch, thoughtful as a philosopher's, morally complex as a Le Carre intrigue, and lively as Maria's Pico de Gallo.
This is an intriguing and thought provoking mystery with characters that you will care about and Gentsch is able to put a human scale on global events and trends. This is a great choice if you are looking for a good summer read! However, the book should come with a warning that, like global economic tyranny, once you start it is very difficult to stop.
Besides being an easy to follow chronicle, "Points On A Line" teaches the reader about economics in action. Gentsch's ability to spin a story around complex concepts shows that he not only knows history, he also knows how to develop characters, frame a narrative, and educate his reader -- all the while spinning a good story.
The only unrealistic concept presented in this book is that Jude Anders, a Scotch drinker, ends up in Greece liking Ouzo. Not likely to happen.