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Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

What you Measure is What you Value and...Vice Versa (from book - pg.283)

This header sentence captures the book's message for me. I read slowly because I found it hard to deal with sadness and anger at what my boomer action has helped to perpetrate. I do not include my parent's generation in this mess.

Joseph Stiglitz presents a thought...
This header sentence captures the book's message for me. I read slowly because I found it hard to deal with sadness and anger at what my boomer action has helped to perpetrate. I do not include my parent's generation in this mess.

Joseph Stiglitz presents a thoughtful refreshing message for those willing to reflect and, possibly, change course.

The book may be dismissed as LIBERAL pandering by flippant conservatives, (there are good conservative thinkers out there by the way). They might point to weak minded socialist-oriented thinking. Idea: think about educating yourself about socialism and then speak.

Their basic plan is to simply move on - pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and, with help from above, do just what we have been doing because it's the BEST way to prevail and because free markets with minimal regulation correct themselves! Why listen to anyone else? Done! Ah, remember there were those who suggested the world was round!

Alternative: Ask yourselves why B companies, established with the intent of combining growth and profit with a compassionate hand to environmental and world citizen support are prospering and maybe change course. If you don't know about these companies - read about them!

As a late 60's 3rd world traveling hippie teenager turned MBA work grinder and top "spin" producing executive, I have been both involved in the corporate, (BANKING!), world and I have also traveled throughout third world countries, both as the child of an immigrated WWII European father and as an adult. I have perspective and I'm a right leaning Centrist politically.

Read this book with the headline phrase in mind and think about the last 40 years - especially if you have lived through all of it. I've lived and worked both sides of the equation. I've done everything a good capitalist might do but no longer question why I'm disengaged with my surroundings and work. I'm relieved to see a few others in this chaos have a voice to speak publicly about this latest "Emperor's New Clothes" wardrobe. I'm changing clothes because they no longer fit.

Many of us have no time and take no time to do anything but drop exhausted from debt slavery and TV-PC world - not really listening to what the rest of the world has to say. We comfort ourselves with individual coping strategies. It's going to be OKAY.

We just always assume that we have the ultimate answers - akin to the elder, controlling, aged, but not wiser, Grandfather at the head of the table gesturing and stabbing the air with dictums while everyone else rolls their eyes and moves on - no longer respecting this individual's presence or experience mainly because Grandpa doesn't listen to anyone and simply demands what he has always believed and won't change. What might we think if he would, instead, listen and ask questions - or, change places with someone else at the table and become the wise elder mentor? I'm looking for a mentor ... and this author has caught my eye and my respect.

Well, it's time for some of us to get a grip. I believe that, as a nation, we too, believe that we are TOO BIG TO FAIL. We still talk too much and dictate too much - time to start observing and and taking stock.

Think about it.

posted by No_Starch_for_Me on March 9, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A socialist viewpoint of the greed of the large banks.

If you take away the authors attempts to sell the need for big government and socialism it is a excellent book on present problems in the financial markets.
He shows how we are living beyond our means and that in the future our living standard will probably go down. H...
If you take away the authors attempts to sell the need for big government and socialism it is a excellent book on present problems in the financial markets.
He shows how we are living beyond our means and that in the future our living standard will probably go down. He does a excellent job at examining the large banks failures and the need for regulations to protect the public from the large banks greed.

posted by william2049 on February 1, 2010

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Totally worthless

    This book has so many inaccurate statements that it is embarrassing.

    1 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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