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I am always interested in books that challenge the norm or show the other side of what we read in history at school. I am not saying that RM is right, just that I like hearing the other side.
It is scary to hear how much Bush and Hoover are alike and how much Obama and Roosevelt are alike. How close the policies of each of these presidents mirror each other.
We are reminded that this was a global depression and that other countries who did not have spend spend policies got out of it a lot faster then we did. We are also reminded that we had depressions in the past that averaged only two years, mostly because we did not try to correct the problem through government.
It is very hard for the US to do nothing when faced with a problem. This attitude of do something no matter what is what usually gets us into trouble.
In the Intro we are told we are only going to get facts. I felt we got lots of unsupported opinions with are facts. At times the author talked over my head and at times I never could figure out his reasoning.
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Where does The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?
I think it is scary that all of that brilliant analysis by the greatest minds in history and economics still cannot even come to a basic decision as to what went wrong in the great Depression and what solutions if any worked. How could we possibly know today when we are right in the middle of it. Did the Tarp and the stimulus work or would it have all panned out being left alone?
What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
I would never have just sat down and read such a heavy book but in audio form it was easier to get into and understand the flow. In just one year with Audible.com I have listened to 10 times more books than I read in previous years.
If you could give The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal a new subtitle, what would it be?
Myths surrounding the New Deal and what really happened to the economy in the 30's.
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