- Publisher: Sourced Media Books (2010)
- ISBN-10: 0984106855
- ISBN-13: 978-0984106851
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,619,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Waffle Street successfully accomplishes its aim at correcting the publication bias in economic thought by reminding everyone why Say's Law is called a law. It was refreshing to hear economics explained by someone who wasn't already tainted by the ideas of the Keynsians.
The Waffle House anecdotes were humorous, and their use as teaching tools was the main draw to this book. Anyone wanting to be entertained should read this book. You'll certainly get your money's worth.
As shocking as it may seem, yes--in spades. Adams' cogently organized and educated narrative on the American economy is illuminated by his bright, quick-witted prose and anecdotal tales of work at a Southern institution.
Whether you consider its humorous, bawdy, self-depricating, real-life, and first-hand tales of a "second career" at the Waffle House following a successful run as a financier, or its conclusions about finance, banking, and macroeconomics, Waffle Street stands alone.
It's a must read. In fact, it's good enough that it may even be a must read, twice.
Hidden behind the humorous anecdotes which permeate this oeuvre (word chosen particularly because it resembles both the french "oeufs" and their common, though currently dangerous preparation style "over-easy") lies a serious meditation on economic theory, a comparative analysis of academic vs. street "cred," and a variety of ruminations ranging from the questionable existence of Corinthian waffles to the long-term psychological effects of sensitively-placed tattoo art on one's progeny.
Adams tells a compelling story, and he manages to challenge the reader and ask some difficult questions in the process. If one is unfamiliar with trends in economic thought, this book is an excellent introduction to the tenets, and possibly the limitations, of the theories of Keynes, Friedman, and, of course, Jean-Baptiste Say (whom the author hopes to redeem). If the higher-order combinatorics involved in the ordering of famous Waffle House hash-browns eludes one's mathematical grasp, one may remediate this through the brief analysis and framework found within. (Though "sluthered" is revealed not to fall into canonical hash brown orthodoxy, I'll appropriate it here to state that indeed, Adams' book is "sluthered" with goodness, laughter, and honest personal reflection.Read more ›
Waffle Street: The Confession and Rehabilitation of a Financier
And for the record I like my hash browns all the way.
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An ex-finance guy takes up a position at Waffle House after the 2008 financial crisis....a great read with a 50-50 split between his new job and his past on Wall Street. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Joyce
James Adams chose to work at the Waffle House instead of collecting unemployment after the Great Recession ate his job in 2009. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron Vincent
I highly recommend the book for a lighter way to get insight into economics. The humor overrides the economics, but if you have a yearn for both, you can't go wrong.... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eliot Langsam
I was able to relate to this book, coming from the financial industry and losing my job. Dropping back twenty and punting, taking time to figure out what to do, is no easy task. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chicago Gold
Great story. Walks the right line between technical and entertainment.Published 12 months ago by Adam Budnick
I didn't enjoy this book very much. It had way too much information on finance calculations in it. However, the human interest side of the story was pretty goodPublished 18 months ago by Juanette Hewitt
This is not only an amazingly informative read for those still wondering what really happened in the meltdown of 2008-2009, but an hillarious read as well. Well done Mr Adams! Read morePublished 23 months ago by James C. Von Stetten
The most practical and funny book about life and economics I ever read. Every economics class or book I read was boring. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Karen Hassel
I read this book right after getting my own pink slip from my corporate job at Fort Benning. It cheered me up and kept me entertained through all of its almost 300 pages. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Robert T. Meacham