Bootle s book deserves attention because he has been broadly right about his cycle: he warned of the dangers of the asset bubble and the likelihood of the downturn being much more serious than forecasters predicted, but equally he was not one of the depressionists ... where Bootle is helpful is in his tone of moderation.
Roger Bootle is one of the best interpreters of modern capitalism around. This account of the crisis and what it means is as important as it is accessible.
Will Hutton, Executive Vice Chair, The Work Foundation and author of the bestselling The State We re In
Compelling prescriptions from an economist unusually able to speak with authority because unlike most of his peers, Bootle spotted that the boom was unsustainable.
Robert Peston, BBC Business Editor and author of Who Runs Britain?
This book will stand out in the explosion of financial crisis literature. Roger Bootle is one of the top, practical economists in the financial world but he is not afraid to tackle the bigger, deeper questions around the future of capitalism, the role of markets and government.
Vince Cable, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and author of The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What It Means
Without any equations but with many challenging ideas, The Trouble with Markets is an excellent introduction to the big questions that surround what Bootle calls the Great Implosion of the last few years... He expresses his own views succinctly and presents opposing arguments fairly...the book is about as good as it gets.
The Business Economist
Ultimately, Bootle offers a way out of this mess that could tame the markets and make them work for the benefit of all. Capitalism, he thinks, can be saved from itself but only if policymakers respond to the challenge.
In his last book, Money for Nothing, Roger Bootle predicted with great accuracy the property crash and subsequent financial crisis. In The Trouble with Markets, he offers us a way out of the almighty mess that excessive debt created. It should be made compulsory reading for all policymakers.
Jeff Randall, Sky News business presenter
A brilliant book that puts markets in stunning perspective. Once again, Roger Bootle tackles, head on, some of the toughest economic questions of our time. An extraordinarily penetrating and absorbing analysis.
The late Sir Brian Pitman, former Chairman, Lloyds TSB Group, and senior adviser to Morgan Stanley
This book has a fair claim to the status of must read . Clearly and compellingly written, provocative in its critique and with many suggestions for reform, The Trouble with Markets will command attention from practitioners and lay readers alike.
A short, reliable analysis of the crisis in language that the intelligent general reader can understand.
Robert Skidelsky, author of Keynes: The Return of the Master
A good run across the desolate battlefield of financial markets after two years of meltdown. Bootle writes fluently, his instincts are sound and his criticisms mainly well-based.
Roger Bootle knows how markets work, and also when they don't work. Everyone who wants a real understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy should read this book. --John Kay, leading economist, Financial Times columnist and author of The Long and The Short of It