- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571254683
- ISBN-13: 978-0571254682
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Power of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks to Understand the Financial Crisis Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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About the Author
David Hare is a playwright and filmmaker. His stage plays include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton) Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy's View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, South Downs, The Absence of War and The Judas Kiss. His films for cinema and television include Wetherby, The Hours, Damage, The Reader and the Worricker trilogy: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield. He has written English adaptations of plays by Pirandello, Chekhov, Brecht, Schnitzler, Lorca, Gorky and Ibsen. For fifteen years he was an Associate Director of the National Theatre.
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Ultimately the image of Hare interviewing the billionare who met with Alan Greenspan both before and after the financial crisis will stay with you:
Soros: When we met...it was before the crisis, and...he said, 'Markets are imperfect but they bring such benefits that you have to live with the fact that from time to time they collapse, so you just pick up the bits.' But then I saw him again recently--after the crisis...He said 'What I said in June no longer applies.' Yes, but even at the first lunch,...when he said, 'The benefits of the market are so great that you have to live with the price,' even then I had an answer...I said, 'Yes, but Alan, the people who end up paying the price are never the people who get the benefits.'
Since reading 'The Power of Yes' I have bought 'The Habit if Art' and 'Enron' before seeing the productions. I think this will make the experience even more worthwhile.The Power of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks to Understand the Financial Crisis
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November 30, 2010
After 32 years of the practice of law, the
bulk of which was in the areas of large-scale
syndicated loan faciilties, State and Local
and Municipal public finance (both tax-exempt
and taxable), large-scale project infrastructure
finance, and structured financial products,
I can only say that the playwright David Hare
has somehow - and almost miraculously, for a
layman - "hit the nail squarely on the head"
with regard to the origins of the current
On a par with the great Ms. Gillian Tett's
recent work, "Fool's Gold," (Ms. Tett is currently
the Financial Affairs editor of The Financial Times
of London), this book is - or should be - mandatory
reading for anyone who wishes to see exactly what
happened to "the 'genius' of 'laissez-faire' economics"
when it was allowed to run amok in an ideologically
based 'perfect storm' of deregulation.
We are back, as it were, in late 1933 - having not
remembered history, and having been condemned to
Three cheers for David Hare! He richly deserved
his KBE honors.
J. B. Hudson, Jr., Esq.
United States of America
Soros: When we met...it was before the crisis, and...he said, 'Markets are imperfect but they bring such benefits that you have to live with the fact that from time to time they collapse, so you just pick up the bits.' But then I saw him again recently--after the crisis...He said 'What I said in June no longer applis.' Yes, but even at the first lunch,...when he said, 'The benefits of the market are so great that you have to live with the price,' even then I had an answer...I said, 'Yes, but Alan, the people who end up paying the price are never the people who get the benefits.'
Read them, discuss them, try to learn from them, and end up mired in a quicksand of details that dishearten and diminish.
Not this play by David Hare.
Read this play; let the ideas settle in your mind.
The gritty detail is embedded in a lucid intelligence that communicates with such clarity it is like a pearl.
The final words of the Power of Yes are filled with the kind of wisdom we need to speak truth to the beneficiaries of the financial disarray that continues to mire us all.