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What disappointed you about The Euro?
This is a treatment free of data, analysis, theory, or anything other than vacuous polemics.
Almost the first hour of this thing is taken up by the author citing the many commissions on which he has served on, the many important people he has met, the books he has written, the schools he has taught at, etc., etc., ad nauseum. This must qualify as the most pompous, tedious introduction in the history of "literature" (to abuse that term in the present case).
Following the introduction there is a torrent of abuse aimed at free market economics, and
at Germany, endlessly and tirelessly repeated, but without anything substantive to back it up. The author must think that if he repeats the same assertions enough times that translates into an argument.
If I were a professor at Columbia, where this fellow says he teaches, and a student handed in this thing, I would flunk him.
Don't waste your time.
What character would you cut from The Euro?
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His view on the Euro and its failings is first rate, especially the highlights on Greece e.g. 80% of the Greek bail out went to repay German banks on Greece's nickel. .
The book however is inter-spaced with anti free market propaganda which doesn't actually stack up; and which the listener needs to put in brackets as they listen
If he had left his Marxist soapbox oratory out and stuck to facts concerning the Euro it would be a briefer and better listen.
Again in the last chapters his basic premise on the having a regional Euro system, make great deal of sense then he throws in a completely unworkable system of his own devices that take away from the impact of his good ideas.
The final takeaway from this book however is a warning as to Germany's clear ambition to conquer Europe by financial means, after failing twice in the last century by militarily means.
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