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Waffle Street: The Confession and Rehabilitation of a Financier Paperback – 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • 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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As an economist, I feel specially qualified to rate this book (contrary to the opinion of this book, I do have a soul). This was a masterful job by Adams in explaining the big picture issues at the heart of the most recent economic crisis. The author gave enough technical details for professionals to be satisfied (and even edified!), but kept it simple enough for those unfamiliar with economics or finance to still follow along and learn.

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.
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I never would have guessed that reading a book about the economy could be so entertaining. James Adams' book is simultaneously educational, thought provoking and hilarious. I learned much about the workings of finance and it's history, while being thoroughly entertained by the priceless stories of the many real-life Waffle House personalities that Adams had the privilege (or perhaps at times, misfortune) of encountering. I highly recommended this book.
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By Mike on August 16, 2010
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Can a book that illuminates the workings and history of the country's banking system really be entertaining?

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.
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Any adult who takes up a hobby involving a uniform runs the risk of being confronted head-on by the often humbling realization that even one who feels well-established in their comfort zone of daily life has entered a situation in which the basics cannot be taken for granted -- in fact, that one must re-learn something as fundamental as how to dress oneself. One's peers and associates in this new endeavor may even evince the simple smile reserved for an infant who has, for the first time, donned his own pull-up diaper.

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.
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Who would have thought that one could explain economic theory and history while describing the bar close rush at Waffle House? James Adams explains what he learned by refusing to take unemployment after loosing a six figure income in the bond market after the meltdown in a way that is a careful balance of history, pathos and humor. If your 401K is now a 201K and you would like to know why this it the book for you. I have read a number of books on the history of money and economic theory this one uses the real world as example and emphasis. Thoughtful is not often so well mixed with laugh out loud funny.

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A fun and thought provoking book of a former financier impacted by the Great Recession re-examining the current American financial model. I'm guessing most people don't fully understand the complex web that is the American debt and finance structure, I certainly didn't. Mr. Adams did a great job of bringing it home with explanations on how a simple mortgage turns into a complex financial structure, surprising economic insights from a short order cook, and some amusing anecdotes and to boot. If you think your mortgage is as simple as paying the bank monthly, think again and read this book.

And for the record I like my hash browns all the way.
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