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However, the book seems to have been published without troubling the editor as it is about twice as long as it need be and the second section, on "solutions", is a kind of projectile vomit of "all the ideas I've ever had". They come thick and fast, resulting in this reader loosing the will to live as solution follows solution, an ill-digested regurgitation of everything he's previously written.
Some stylistic editing would have been beneficial, as his use of the term "worse" to start a sentence becomes, well, "worse" as the book proceeds.
It could have been an excellent contribution, but spoiled by wordiness and some idiosyncratic notions and prejudices. Worse, too many of his ideas and opinions are presented uncritically.
Despite these reservations, worth a read.
For those of us who are sceptical about the case for austerity following the 2008 financial crisis there is plenty of ammunition here. Mr Legrain tells us how the Conversative-led Government hitched the UK to the austerity bandwagon which had started up in the eurozone and is in no doubt that this was unnecessary and economically damaging for us. There is plenty of data about UK and eurozone economic growth after 2008 comparing unfavourably with the US which did not go down the austerity route but followed a fiscal stimulus path instead. Also he provides strong evidence that the UK would have had a stronger recovery and be in a better position now had austerity not been pursued so religiously.Read more ›
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It's a pretty good book that explains well the european crisis.Published on 9 Feb. 2015 by Mark Alexandre Vaz
I purchased this book for my boss and he was delighted with it - it contains extremely useful information and is very well writtenPublished on 5 Dec. 2014 by Hazelle White
Philippe Legrain is about as far from an anti-European as it is possible to get, but like a true friend he is also not afraid to dispense some really quite brutal advice. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2014 by Mr. Adrian Mcmenamin
very good .even at this remove ie 2014 good to remind ourselves of how we got to a stage where austerity rules and economics as homoeopathy is proselytised........ . Read morePublished on 31 July 2014 by Amazon Customer