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Crashed

De : Adam Tooze
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Crashed by Adam Tooze, read by Simon Vance, with an introduction read by the author.  

In September 2008 the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade later its spectre still haunts us. As the appalling scope and scale of the crash was revealed, the financial institutions that had symbolised the West's triumph since the end of the Cold War seemed - through greed, malice and incompetence - to be about to bring the entire system to its knees.  

Crashed is a brilliantly original and assured analysis of what happened and how we were rescued from something even worse - but at a price which continues to undermine democracy across Europe and the United States. Gnawing away at our institutions are the many billions of dollars which were conjured up to prevent complete collapse. Over and over again, the end of the crisis has been announced, but it continues to hound us - whether in Greece or Ukraine, whether through Brexit or Trump. Adam Tooze follows the trail like no previous writer and has written a book compelling as history, as economic analysis and as political horror story.

©2018 Adam Tooze (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Actions can change the course of history

Very interesting book that gives a detailed and comprehensive account of the last decade of crisis triggered by the Lehman moment.

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  • Juuso
  • 13/12/2019

A mere repeat of recent events

The book is merely a review of recent events with no academic vigor for the underlying motivitations. At times, the author inserts his own views to provide a colored account. If you we’re born before 2004, you have experienced the contents of this book by merely following main stream media.

Could be that my expectations for this book were more towards a more in depth about recent events, while the content was something that will appreciate in value as decades pass.

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  • Dimitri Doublidis
  • 16/10/2019

Hugely informative yet enjoyable

Tooze has become quite the influential/popular figure, and one can tell why from this book. He covers a huge amount of ground in this volume, discussing not only the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008, but also the following sovereign debt crisis in Europe, the east European political crisis between the EU and Russia regarding Ukraine, the political upheavals in the US, etc. Despite covering so much ground, he does not just brush over these issues, but goes into great depth on them, also illuminating links between these seemingly distinct events. This focus on connectedness is what makes me prefer his account to the others I have read so far. The crucial thing to understand about the crisis is that it was not an isolated event in one country, but that it had international origins and consequences. Granted, there are some parts missing in the story, such as Japan, but I don’t think one can seriously fault him for such an omission given the scope of the analysis that one gets. The rest of the story will have to wait for another volume.

What is lovely about Tooze is his style. He manages to pack a ton of information into his prose without making it into a history textbook. It is written in an engaging way, which really makes him stand out from the crowd I find.

A caveat is that his perspective permeates the book. Do not expect an uninterested, unopinionated observer. Tooze has a left-Keynesian perspective and that can be felt throughout the book. I don’t mind it myself, and I find it makes the tone more lively, but it should be mentioned.

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  • Ed
  • 18/10/2018

Insightful Analysis

loved the book, puts in context the experience I had of the European crisis while I was living in Germany. I will be listening this book again.

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  • Kalle Grabowski
  • 09/04/2019

Great book, must read

Great book, must read or hear. it goes into great detail, though the author structured it extremely well, so that one never loses the connection. very pleasant narrator as well.