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The crash and Great Depression are of course iconic stories. This book starts in the late teens and follows various threads through the 1920s, culminating in the crash. It is more about the "rainbow" than its end. It adds a lot of telling detail to the more familiar overall story. This is fine business and financial history, with several mini-biographies of key characters.
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The topic sparked my interest about a dozen years ago after reading Karen Blumenthal's "Six Days in October - The Stock Market crash of 1929" Her book, was children's book believe it or not and is quite good! I actually got that recommendation from the Wall Street Journal as I recall. It's about 150 pages and you can read it in an afternoon. And do so before you listen to this one because it'll be a good primer for what actually happened. People often get confused and lost in the Stock Market stuff relating to that time frame but Blumenthal's book bridges that gap.
Then pick this one up. "Rainbow's End" does an excellent job of explaining all the events that lead up to the crash including the sentiment of the average American, how spirits were on the rise, marketing was making a big push into every residential home in the country, and people were spending money (often money they didn't have), on having good time and entertaining themselves. That piece is really quite interesting. The book will then take you thru every aspect of the crash and how it came to be, who the major players were, and how they fared.
And the narration was quite good too. The reader did an excellent job of keeping the listener engaged while maintaining a steady voice with good annunciation, and inflection. I'd listen to him again.
This title is worth your time and at just under 12 hours, you get thru it in record time!
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Would you try another book written by Maury Klein or narrated by Sean Crisden?
Writer yes, narrator no.
Would you recommend Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929 to your friends? Why or why not?
If the pace of the narration was slower.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Definitely. Does the narrator draw breath? I found the listen physically tiring as the narration just ran on and on with barely a pause.
Where does Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The book is wonderful. Most companies on the Stock market do share buybacks and dividends in terms of real business growth. Also the book explains well how science, technology, knowledge and construction techniques have improved. In real terms of modern economic growth buildings have not doubled in size every 30 years going back 100 years or more. Also the average salary is still only able to only to afford 1 adult + 2 children + living expenses.