13 Feb Someone needs to keep on at the banks. Thank goodness for Joe Stiglitz, writes Will Hutton. 29 Jan No one can say they weren’t warned. A decade ago, newly sacked from his job as chief economist at the World Bank, Joseph Stiglitz laid bare. 18 Jan An incisive look at the global economic crisis, our flawed response, and the implications for the world’s future Great Recession.

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It all feels a bit like one of your favourite rock stars going through well-loved riffs and songs: Feb 17, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: Stiglitz has a style of writing which brings out his personality, so that reading his books or watching him on some TV interview feels the stiglittz.

Joseph E. Stiglitz – Freefall America: Free Markets, And The Sinking Of The World Economy

One shortcoming is that despite being fully referenced the book omits an index. All over the course of history, Revolutions occurred because of imbalances in the wealth distribution within societies. But [that] at times, Mr. It is very welcome — and important.

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

He also ridicules correctly, in my opinion the notion that economic conclusions can be drawn while assigning no weight whatever to the environmental consequences of certain choices, such as the continued reliance upon fossil fuels. It hurts me to say the things in the above paragraph. Stiglitz does not look for villains or try to blame the crisis on moral or personal failures.

Why did finance get so big? His economic viewpoints are politically moderate, and jjoseph serving under Clinton the Economic Council had more right leaning and left leaning members.

Finally, he sketches various schemes as to the possible freevall of the American economyvigorously proposing joseh profound policy koseph. Governments will conduct monetary policy and will provide jsoeph national defense, police and fire protection, and other essential public services. From an economic standpoint, I think we should make this one of the required readings for our politicians who wish to vote on recession related policy.

Will they even be in the right direction? I was amazed by how much Stiglitz had to say in this book, perhaps a testament to his passion of the subject and his desire to see the U. Set up a giveaway. If the investment bankers actually believe in free capitalism then they should have not go on welfare and figure out a way to actually use their so called skills in wise investments like in biotech and artisan jobs like the Germans are doing.


I learned about this book from this review by Travis. And he has a close eye on how the constellation of international forces — in particular the build-up of China’s enormous trade surpluses — added fuel to the fire.

The juxtaposition was sour; on one hand, millions of naive homeowners or until after the crisis were left saddled with insurmountable mortgage repayments; and on the other, the alchemists behind the crisis enjoyed huge bonuses, courtesy of government largesse. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You can help by adding to it.

And all this in clear and easily understood prose. In the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that Freefall reeks of “I told you so”. Maybe it is time for a global currency? Rather, he indicates and supports his contention that this was a systemic failure put into place by failure to correctly estimate the dangers of deregulation and to manage the incentive systems so that moral hazard was controlled rather than increased. All in all, a good read, if you have time for stiglotz. Stiglitz has some practical ideas on how to ease the pain of the Great Recession and maybe help prevent the next one.

Eli P Cox Iii. America, as the book rightly notes, has lived off one bubble after another for siglitz. The Great Recession, as it has come to be called, has impacted more people worldwide than any crisis since the Great Depression. There is no going back to the world before the crisis.

It is very welcome — and important. They can each complement each other. In the coming era of further deregulation, with our focus on all sorts of other shenanigans, I wonder if we will have the courage and foresight to reign in the excesses of a financial industry that already poses a threat to our democracy and our world’s safety and prosperity. However, his accurate and well defended criticism cannot go unnoticed. I read Sorkins “Too Big to Fail” first, and this was a nice follow-up.


The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis ; the latter, written by two business journalists, wasn’t trying to be an economic treatise. Democracy and josph sausage have a lot in common. Our pipes got clogged.

His prescience lends credibility to his trenchant analysis of the causes of the fiscal meltdown.

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If someone is interested in a more in-depth reading on a specific subject matter described in the book, there are plenty of good sources provided e The general level of rational thought, analysis and critique in this book is really way beyond anything that you would hear in the media and other pop culture outlets. T he financial, economic and political elite still find it hard to come to terms with the scale of the crash of — or to confront the implications.

A perfect realignment of market forces at the end of the recession and readjustment in the United States would be that the world’s productive capacity would be used to more certainly meet the world’s consumption needs.

In contrast to managing risk an koseph capital, the structure and policies of global capitalism hoseph encouraged the creation of risk and misallocation of capital. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I assume this will be rectified when “Freefall” is published in paperback? Unfortunately, we’ve been sold this argument as the only way for our economy to work. That there will be changes as a result of the crisis is certain.

And yet, there was hope that change was possible. Retrieved from ” https: The question is Will we seize the opportunity to restore our sense of balance between the market and the state, between individualism and the community, between man and nature, between means and ends?

Share josfph thoughts with other customers. The real danger now is that we will not seize them.