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This book sticks pretty closely to its knitting. It is here to tell us basic financial narratives of these particular stretches of time, with some supporting context. It tells (I think the most mainstream or popular) narratives, more detail-rich than one might find in a few simple news stories, in fairly non-technical language and straightforwardly, without wandering afield into alternative explanations or ideological tangents, and without attempting really wide-ranging commentary on what followed each crash. (Some patterns are noted from crash to crash.) There is enough context to understand each story in its times -- what the surrounding markets were like, what investors were popularly thinking, etc. Explanations are stripped down in the sense of, this caused that, without a lot of time spent speculating on alternative models or compound, complex causes. So, this is an ideal introduction to the topics covered. I appreciated the more detailed walk-throughs (than I have found in other audios) of 1987's so-called Black Monday, and 2010's Flash Crash. These are good introductory examples of a kind of accelerated and tech-driven crash we may expect to unfold (ever faster) in the future. The explanations got into good detail moment-to-moment to imagine how such things can go.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I highly recommend that every individual whether they have a financial background or a total communist, with a liberal arts background, must read this book, so that they understand the very mechanics that conspire and create the five Market crashes. That way, both the left, the right and the center have a valid understanding of how the stock market behaves, crests, and fails.
in so understanding, we have a common and understood platform from which, we can then begin a common discussion of how to resolve the current inequalities of wealth.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Narrator was good for listening but there were too many numbers and decimals to follow.
eg. this person caused this drop and the DOW closed at something something point something contrary to its close on this date which was something something point something something then opened the following trading day at something something point something, something percent lower than its 52 week high of something something point something that occurred the previous month.
Personally found it hard to follow in that sense but it was incredibly detailed.