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Would you consider the audio edition of Money for Nothing to be better than the print version?
my retention is always better in print, but overall this was a good non-fiction book for audio presentation
Who was your favorite character and why?
The overall presentation of the material was excellent although there were a few occasions where the authors went off on a tangent -- e.g., some non-board related financial/housing crisis details. When the book stuck to its thesis about just how worthless and dangerous so many of today's board members are, the book was great. Too many times you find yourself shaking your head in disgust by the lack of director independence. Most of the author's conclusions are probably consistent with those of someone who would buy this book. I ordered this book because I believe so many corporate failures and so much corporate mediocrity could be averted by a truly strong independent board. What was most frustrating for me was that you're left believing nothing will actually change. The system is broken (rigged) and, sadly, there is no incentive for anyone with true power to change it. Therefore, poor to mediocre CEO performance will continue earning outsized pay packages. CEOs will continue to use shareholder money to take giant risks that if successful will pay even more outsized returns while failure will be showered with golden parachutes that any executive would be overjoyed to earn in a two year window. Shareholders matter very little in this world. The boards are more concerned with covering their ass than protecting the shareholders they allegedly represent. When failure/crisis/scandal arises board members spend their time and energy covering their tracks instead of fixing systemic problems.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The movie America's power elite don't want you to see...
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