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Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed Paperback – 18 Oct 2010
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A page-turning account Mason is refreshingly clear-eyedand angry. --Will Hutton, Guardian
What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis Meltdown is the book they are looking for. --John Gray, New Statesman
Excellent. Evening Standard 'A lucid and sharply polemical account.' --Oliver Kamm, The Times
About the Author
PAUL MASON is the economics editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs program Newsnight and appears frequently on BBC World News America. He has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations around the world, including Latin America, Africa and China. His book Live Working, Die Fighting was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
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The history and the people involved also comes as a surprise.
Paul Mason's book is a book that every school kid should be made to read as an example of human stupidity and greed in the hope that the next generation will avoid the same mistakes.
I can't recomend this book enough.
Mason is a genisus he gets straight to the point, he states basically that the real cause of the meltdown was a combination of naive politicans, inept regualtors and a get rich quick screw the consquences Wall Street bankers.
It's a sophisticated analysis as well. History, social conflict, politics as well as economics and business play their role in Mason's work. This is a work of political economy and, as Mason says, political economy is back.
Recommended reading on the current crisis and then followed by David Harvey's 'The Enigma of Capital'.
Paul Mason tells it like a journalist ought to; letting events speak for themselves rather than using it as an opportunity to wax lyrical to show just how much he knows. He happened to be at the right place at the right time and his account is succinct and faithful. Brilliantly done.
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