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Why Wheel Estate is the Millenial's Future

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Reviewed: 2019-09-03

Eye-opening and blood-boiling, this is a devastating exposure of the Real Estate State & the collusion between big finance, big developers & urban planners.

Eye Opening

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Reviewed: 2019-08-12

Yanis employs a host of ingenious analogies to demystify the inscrutable gobbledygook of Phd economists. The narrator strikes the perfect tone of a patient, inspirational teacher. Highly recommended.

Well-Written, Enlightening and Disturbing

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Reviewed: 2019-01-18

Makers and Takers is an eye-opening examination of the corruptive forces of the financial sector, our lapdog government completely captured by lobbyists, and the devastating cost of privatizing bank profits and socializing losses. Well-written and well-narrated.

A Short Tale with Lavish Production

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Reviewed: 2019-01-13

Bart Wolffe's wonderful narration, accompanied by fantastic classic music, has resulted in a majestic rendition of Lamb's retelling of Midsummer Night's Dream.

Revealing but Flawed

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Reviewed: 2018-12-18

Fed Up is occasionally rich with insight into the inner workings of the Fed. But with the author embedded in its inner circle for a decade, the book frequently suffers from a lack of objectivity, reading at times like an exculpation of the banking system, and a glorification of the so-called financial wizards who brought the world back from the brink, with whom Booth is far too enamoured. In her world, the collapse of 2008 was rooted in shadow banking, a New York Fed captured by Goldman Sachs, and mostly irresponsible borrowers. Lehman's Dick Fuld and JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon receive a thick coat of revisionist paint that not only whitewashes their crimes, but seem to transform them (Fuld, in particular) into victims - martyrs to the cause of global economic salvation. In fact, Booth completely omits Fuld's Repo 105s from the narrative, an accounting trick that amounted to massive fraud. The writing is often self-absorbed, egotistical, and ham-fisted, with "phew!" and "gulp!" punctuating dramatic moments. Bankers and hedge fund managers, along with their fictitious capital, are held up as the great infallible engines of capitalism, and as such, should remain immune to debt monetizing and government meddling. Booth never explains how this would work when capitalists invariably flee to the Nanny State when bubbles burst, but she does take the time to deliver a snide potshot at Bernie Sanders, "an avowed socialist," in her words. If you want a deeper, non-varnished look at what really happened in 2008, I suggest reading the works of Matt Taibbi or Nomi Prins.