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After the Music Stopped

9780143124481_p0_v2_s260x420-1If you were to pick one book on the recent crisis, which would it be? There are of course the fine narratives by the likes of Gillian Tett and the excellent overviews by Paul Krugman for instance but for me the stand out has been this gripping read by Alan Blinder Aside from the excellence, wit and clarity of his writing, his explanations of some of the more tricky to follow aspects of the saga are as concise and illuminating as you could hope to find. it is far from a dry read too. His opinions are strong but well balanced. By explaining in an often exasperated fashion the political angles to much of the decision making, the human element is very much to the fore. But that is balanced with a clear an illustration of QE2 as you could hope to find He was a former advisor to Bill Clinton and his views certainly veer towards Keynesian solutions but there is a genuine political balance Even if you feel that you have read quite enough on the crisis, I would certainly not pass this by.

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