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The Housing Boom and Bust, Revised Edition
     

The Housing Boom and Bust, Revised Edition

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by Thomas Sowell
 

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Scary headlines and scarier statistics tell the story of a financial crisis on a scale not seen in decades—certainly not within the lifetime of most Americans. Moreover, this is a worldwide financial crisis. Financial institutions on both sides of the Atlantic have either collapsed or have been saved from collapse by government bailouts, as a result of buying

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Scary headlines and scarier statistics tell the story of a financial crisis on a scale not seen in decades—certainly not within the lifetime of most Americans. Moreover, this is a worldwide financial crisis. Financial institutions on both sides of the Atlantic have either collapsed or have been saved from collapse by government bailouts, as a result of buying securities based on American housing values that eroded or evaporated.

Now completely revised in paperback, The Housing Boom and Bust is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story. It also attempts to determine whether what is being done to deal with the problem is more likely to make things better or worse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465019861
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
378,291
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in both academic journals and in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, and Fortune, and he writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

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Housing Boom and Bust: Revised Edition (Large Print 16pt) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the usual "blame the previous administration" here. This author goes looking for unintended economic consequences in all his books. Finds some chilling ones for this books conclusion. If you want a different viewpoint, a different opinion from the "liberal press consensus" view, here it is. Don't look for flattering opinions of Chris Dodd or Barney Frank . Apparently they pressed hard to lower credit standards BEFORE the housing collapse. Denied all afterwards. Only one reporter asked then about it and she got the bluster treatment. Don't ask me, READ THE BOOK. I had to put it down several times because I got so upset. Have been unemployed for 2 years and I am 63 years old.
avidreader73 More than 1 year ago
If you really need the truth, Thomas Sowell has it. Great read.
trentk269 More than 1 year ago
Sowell provides a glimpse into the wonderful world of redistributive politics. You'll be amazed, confused and angry at what your politicians, media, and lenders have done. Sadly, the ultimate fault lies within ourselves: the public swallowed the false promise of free money, cheap housing and endless prosperity hook, line, and sinker. Don't be fooled by pseudo-intellectuals peddling personal attacks on this website and others. This is a book you should read, especially in light of the various Ponzi-like boondoggles that our government has pursued since the sub-prime meltdown. Our economy and banking system are still in grave danger. The hour is late, but read this for the sake of your children and grandchildren.
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247jjw More than 1 year ago
" This book explains the housing boom/bust more clearly & accurately than you're likely to find elsewhere. An easier read than some of Sowell's other work (That's not meant as a criticism... the man is truly brilliant)."
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Thomas Sowell encourages the reader to evaluate the actual results of adopted governmental policy. He highlights the lack of incentive on the part of politicians to take responsibility for the unanticipated adverse consequences of previously adopted policies. He describes how political incentives lead those in government to incorrectly publicly blame others outside of government, often successfully. This leads to calls for "more regulation," resulting in misplaced expectations that government could, in some way, solve a crisis for which it was responsible, and which it did not have the insight or desire to prevent.
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Lv2ReadNC More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read and I've recommended it to many others. It should be on the MUST reading list for every member of the Senate and Congress. Thomas Sowell clearly defines the path to the housing bust. He meticulously shows who all the players were and the role each played in the build-up of the housing fantasy. It is particularly important to note the role of government in this fiasco. While many want to blame the banks and mortgage companies for bad lending practices, and they were guilty, don't overlook that our government used strong arm tactics to insist that just about any breathing sole who asked for a loan could get one. Take a close look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the shape they're now in. Mr. Sowell makes a good case for what happens when we stop using common sense and move away from sound lending/business practices.
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