Category: My Book Reviews

Time to Start Thinking – Book Review

In ‘Time to Start Thinking, America in the Age of Descent’ author Edward Luce, the Washington bureau chief for the British Financial Times, attempts to explain the economic and geopolitical decline of America. Luce is pretty pessimistic about our future and while critical of both parties he is obviously most critical of Republicans and especially Read More …

‘The Way the World Works’

I’ve been reading ‘The Way the World Works’ by Jude Wanniski. This book is an interesting ‘next step’ after reading ‘The Wealth of Nations’ by Adam Smith.  Both are written by non-professionals who use their power of observation to advance their thoughts on economics.  And both use a lot of examples to justify their conclusions. Read More …

Too Big to Fail

I’m reviewing some of the books related to the financial crisis and decided to return to ‘Too Big to Fail‘ by Andrew Ross Sorkin after recently reading books by Gasparino, Barofsky, Bair and Stockman that highlighted the cronyism involved in that crisis. While Sorkin seems generally sympathetic to the need for a bailout he clearly Read More …

Cronyism in the Bailout of Financial Institutions

My most recent ‘listen’: Sheila Bair served as the head of the FDIC from 2006 to 2011. As such she has intimate knowledge of the programs and personalities involved in trying to resolve the financial crisis. She presents her material from the view of the FDIC and her role there.  This may put off some Read More …

Bailout: – Book Review

Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street by Neil Barofsky An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests Read More …

White House Burning

This is my second attempt to find a ‘liberal’ answer to our problems.  It’s also the second failure to find realistic solutions. Mr. Johnson does a good job of tracing the history of debt and deficit in the United States.  He also clearly understands that Social Security and Medicare are key drivers of our current Read More …

Ignorance or Laziness?

  I’ve been reviewing the book ‘Who Stole the American Dream?‘ by Hedrick Smith and it prompted me to ask the question “Why do liberals almost always fall back on ‘re-distribution’ as a solution?”  Is it ignorance or are they just too lazy to seek ‘real’ solutions? Smith correctly identifies the concentration of wealth as Read More …

The Last Founding Father

James Monroe is the subject of this book and this was a true revelation to me! I had heard very little about our fifth president, but it turns out that he played an instrumental role in the creation of our country. From a key role in the Revolutionary War to his involvement with the Louisiana Read More …