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The Mess We're In: Why Politicians Can't Fix Financial Crises by [Fraser-Sampson, Guy]
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'A brilliant account of the shambles our politicians have led us into ... Gloomy, depressing and dead accurate' - Jon Moulton, Chairman, Better Capital

'An incisive explanation of the challenges facing the British economy. I recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of where we might find solutions' - Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners

'Controversial and challenging' --Tim Congdon, CEO, International Monetary Research

'An entertaining prescription for Britain's ills.' --The Irish Times

'Controversial and challenging' --Tim Congdon, CEO, International Monetary Research

About the Author

Guy Fraser-Sampson is a bestselling finance and economics author whose recent titles include 'No Fear Finance' (Kogan Page) and 'Private Equity as an Asset Class' (Wiley). A lecturer at the renowned Cass Business School, he is a regular media commentator on numerous aspects of the current economic climate. An eloquent and in-demand speaker, he specialises in presenting complex economic issues in a serious yet eminently understandably fashion. He lives in London, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908739061
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (26 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OIV8EM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm an old unreconstructed leftie so please take all my comments with that in mind.

I bought this because I was interested in another perspective on the financial melt down & Mr Fraser-Sampson explains the crash from an avowedly right wing point of view. I don't agree with his analysis but it is well argued with a reasonably in-depth overview of the conservative/ 'orange book liberal' economic view.

Strangely his recipe for future success seems to look with considerable envy to the Chinese 'top down' model & his analysis of the banks fails to explain why reduced legal oversight would make them more rather than less risk averse.

Therefore I would recommend this book, but suggest that a wider range of opinion be read (for example; for bank risk taking- 'Whoops' by John Lanchester) before coming to any well reasoned conclusion.
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This book reminded me of why I enjoyed economics at college. Good historical background put the whole mess in context. A good read for anyone interested in the subject, controversial in parts but ultimately a hard truth.
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Despite the awful cover (like a bad Andy Warhol painting) and the even worse title, this a is not a bad book.

It covers much of the post-war economic landscape in the UK and the USA and takes a look at the economic policies of both countries, especially the UK. Having said that, much of the information could have been condensed. Anyone who has studied economics (or similar subjects) should know much of the stuff off by heart.

The book would make an excellent introduction for anyone studying economics at just before university level (secondary and sixth form) and even at undergraduate level. Unfortunately, given the slight right-wing bias, some parents may not want their children being taught such things. Look at the reaction the death of Margaret Thatcher caused. The author of the book has some admiration for the now deceased grocer's daughter from Grantham.

Further, I suspect a book that teaches that most politicians cannot be trusted is not likely to go down well with any minister for education (especially the current one, Michael Gove).

Can you imagine the average sixteen-year-old suddenly putting his (or her)hand up in the air and and asking, "Why can't our pensions be linked in the same way as those of the politicians and those that work in the Bank of England?"

The truth? "Because they think you're NOTHING compared to them. Even the Queen thinks you're nothing."

The main problem is that the last chapter "Getting Ourselves Out of This Mess" doesn't really address the issues. Real freedom (as proposed by the economist the author most admires in the book,Hayek) involves real responsibilities and if people started to take real responsibility for their lives they wouldn't bother voting for politicians; there would be no point.
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To anyone interested in how we have got into the current economic crisis, and who isn't; and wants an understanding of how we are, if possible, going to get out of it, then this brilliantly written book is a must. I am no economist, but, take a keen interest in politics and current affairs. Economics is the bedrock on which a nation or society is founded. It encompasses every aspect of our lives. Yet we, as a people, have allowed the politicians and central bankers to march us inexorably into a crisis that is quite frankly of their making.

The author takes us through an analysis of economic history of the 20th century and brings us up to date with a clear description of the causes of the current economic disaster. He concludes with a clear, precise and radical five point plan that could save our economy from the otherwise inevitable total collapse of the near future. Sadly, as the author admits, one that is unlikely to be achieved due to the need to change and indeed chain our politicians.

The subject matter of this book has the potential to make for a very stuffy and hard read. However, Mr Fraser-Sampson's style of writing is interesting, informative and very easy going on those of us not blessed with academic minds and ultra high IQ's. A fascinating study and a must for anyone remotely interested in the economics and politics of everyday survival.
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There are a good many books dealing with the present economic crisis facing the UK and Europe but I have not read anything that places the mess in the context of post war history, economics, philosophy and, perhaps most importantly, politics. In essence, the political system is the root cause, not of the economic cycle, but the total mismanagement of its effects. The cardinal rule is that short term good = long term bad and visa-versa. It seems that since 1918 politicians have never missed the chance to take the easy short-term option with predictable results.

The description of the current mess is brilliant and an easy (if disturbing) read. The end of the book is a recipe for recovery but even the author realizes that none of his recommendations are likely to be taken up. The inevitable end of the mess will be horrible but the book does not discuss how this will unfold.

In short, this is a good shocking book but it could have been a tiny bit better.
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