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After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
by Alan S. Blinder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and readable book on the financial crisis, 3 Jan 2014
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This is the first book I have read on the recent "financial criss" and I found it to be easy to read, thorough and highly insightful. Without being an expert on the crisis, I found the book to be extremely thorough in its analysis and it covers very interesting areas from the background and causes of the crisis to the response of the government and private sector as well as outlining a "roadmap" on how future crisis can be avoided.

Mr Blinder's writing is jargon-free, explains concepts in easy terms, does not assign blame to one partilcular party and outlines balanced and sensible recommendations on the future of Finance.

I would highly recommend the book to anyone who wants an easy-to-read and thorough analysis of the last five years of economic turmoil that has savaged the world.


Finance and the Good Society
Finance and the Good Society
by Robert J. Shiller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.87

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview but lacks engagement, 20 July 2012
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This is the first book I read by Robert Schiller. The first half of the book provides a good overview of the aims of finance and the various actors (e.g. bankers, regulators, educators) and their roles in the world of finance. Good section, but I found that it did not manage to 'engage' me and it became quite long and descriptive. Second section focused more on the various topics facing finance (e.g. risk taking, income/wealth inequality, speculative bubbles) which was more interesting.

I was hoping the book would provide more details and be more 'provocative' on how finance can contribute to more equality, but I felt it did not properly manage this. Perhaps my expectations of the books were too high, considering Schiller's reputation.

Still worth a read (as I agree with many of Schiller's observations), but I felt the book mostly provides an overview and perspectives of the various actors in finance and the role of finance in society. Would have benefited from more depth and analysis.

Daniel


The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World
The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World
by Daniel Yergin
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece on the energy world, 29 Dec 2011
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This is the most comprehensive and comprehendable book on the world of energy I have read to date.

Whether you are experienced with the energy business or a newcomer, the book provides you with insight and knowledge on most aspects of the energy business. Mr Yergin takes the reader through both historical developments and modern-day dilemmas in the world of energy, and has an exceptional ability to provide high-level context combined with details knowledge on more technical aspects.

Ranging from geopolitical issues in the Middle East and increasing energy demand in China to the politics of climate change and the technical difficulties of commercialising solar powar, Yergin has written a clear and jargon-free book that is a true masterpiece in the the energy world's library. In short, a truly remarkable book.


The Watch
The Watch
by Gene Stone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the world of watches, 25 Dec 2010
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This review is from: The Watch (Hardcover)
As a newcomer to the world of watches, I found this book very good. It gave a brief history of watches, introduced 50 of the best-known brands (subjectively chosen, of course), and some very useful hints and tips on starting a collection. Good references for further information, including books and websites. I can recommend it if you are a newcomer like myself, but it may become a bit too superficial and lack depth for those already knowledgeable about world of watches.


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