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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, but the writing style is annoying, 26 Jun 2013
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I won't go into the merits of the content of the book here, but the writing style is littered with sloppiness and cliches which irritate me as a reader and distract from the message.

The author throws numbers at the reader constantly, without sources, graphs and sometimes without appropriate context. So what if something increased 10% one year and 13% the year after that, reaching a 10 year high? Statistics do not speak for themselves. Without knowledge of the subject matter, I can't know if what he's quoting is relevant, abnormal, or proves the point it's supposed to.

The author misuses the word "literally" all the time when he means "figuratively" e.g. "Merc's S& P pits literally scorched the earth" and "During the second quarter of 2003, mortgage financings literally shot the moon". It's the exact opposite of what he means and it's absurd.

By referring to the "old-time fiscal religion" or "gospel of free markets", it sounds like he's describing laissez-faire as faith-based nonsense with no intellectual underpinning. Some people might think that, but the rest of the book suggests the author does not, so he does himself a disservice.

The author endlessly repeats the phrase "self-evidently", but almost always when making a political inference or interpretation that may be reasonable, but is far from self-evident. The phrase can be seen to be an excuse for not justifying an opinion properly.

"Needless to say" appears on almost every page. If it were truly needless to say, he should not say it.
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2013 22:40:55 BDT
Rene Chang says:
I am glad that you found this book difficult to follow. You can read my findings of this book in the review section. Rene
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