As the financial crisis/Great Recession is shaping of to be the defining event of our time (post-9/11 at least), there will no doubt continue to be books trying to make sense of it. As someone who has never taken an economics or business class (Thanks liberal arts education.), I don't have a great grasp of the subject, but Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind's detailed look at the financial crisis through the lens of the Obama administration is an often illuminating and engaging book on a very complex topic. Even fans of Obama will come away feeling that some of his economic advisers (Tim Geitner, Larry Summers, Hank Paulson) were maybe not the best choices, that he was too close to Wall Street, and that the bailouts where mishandled. Also see, Paul Krugman's "End This Depression Now!," George Packer's "The Unwinding," Michael Lewis's "The Big Short," and the documentaries "Inside Job" and "Inequality for All."
The length of this book makes it something of a slog. It's worth it, though. The author humanizes the many players in the early years of Obama's presidency with names, personalities, and anecdotes about events, building a picture with small strokes.
I thought this was interesting and well-written. I will definitely be reading more by Suskind and more on this topic.
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