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Easy Money, Book 3

The Greatest Ponzi Scheme Ever and How It Threatens to Destroy the Global Financial System
Written by: Vivek Kaul
Narrated by: Kaushik Ramachandran
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins

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This is the third book in the Easy Money trilogy which discusses how what the world now calls the global financial crisis evolved in the aftermath of the real estate bubble bursting in the United States and other parts of the world. In this book, we will try to understand the various reasons behind the financial crisis, and also identify the different villains behind it.

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  • 2019-06-14

OK rehash, nothing new, but I like books 1,2

I read the print versions of books 1 and 2 of this series. I think them among the best and most plain-spoken, straight-forward walk-throughs of western (read: Anglo-American) financial history. They stand above others for useful simplicity and clarity. I strongly recommend them to newcomers to this field, or any reader seeking a review.

As for this one (book 3): it may be the glut of titles on this recent financial history (since 2000), but this one, though similar to the earlier ones (also being largely a collection of quotes of other books and sources, most of which I've read), adds essentially nothing new for me. If you are brand new to this recent history, this one might be a good start. Except:

The narrator has not merely a very pronounced accent of the author's apparent country India (fine and good in itself, and I'm used to that), but uses very over-dramatized inflections and accents that I find extremely distracting. There is a particular voice he uses for quotes that, to my ears, sounds strained and as if mocking. Ben Bernanke quoted in this manner sounds like a hysterical teenager giving a parody of a book report. I am sure the intentions are innocent. This may be a custom in some markets. I'm sorry to put it this strongly, and I wish this narrator the best, but this method, for this subject, just does not work. So, this issue might affect the audio versions of volumes 1 and 2 as well.