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Greenspan offers a revealing yet monotonous look at the inner workings of the Federal Reserve and his career. Beginning with his childhood in Manhattan, where he learned percentages by memorizing Yankee batting statistics, Greenspan relates his tremendous passion for economics and politics that propelled him to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve for nearly 20 years. While various tales about his often-troubled relationships with former presidents and their administrations will appeal to history buffs, the material is presented in a manner that makes the narration long-winded and dreary. As a biographical work, narrator Dean has little room for lyrical improvisation, and his solitary voice drones. An endless spew of facts and figures takes away from the more interesting aspects of the book, such as Greenspan's criticisms of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. While his pitch and clarity is perfect, Dean's voice becomes nagging and repetitive. It's disappointing that the author-read introduction included in the abridged audio version is not used here to provide a brief change in tone. The uninspired text and dialogue makes listening a tedious exercise by the halfway point. Simultaneous release with the Penguin Press hardcover.
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?The most unexpectedly charming Washington insider memoir since Katharine Graham's a decade ago.? ?Michael Kinsley, "The New York Times Book Review" ? Entertaining and insightful . . . [Greenspan] is an oracle smart enough to know what he doesn?t know. . . . Such humility, coming from someone as powerful as Alan Greenspan, is disarmingly refreshing, as is this interesting and edifying book.? ?"The Boston Globe" ? [Readers] will find that Greenspan's well-informed musings offer much more food for thought than the usual Washington memoir.? ?"BusinessWeek" ? With his book, [Greenspan] finally lets us know what he's thinking. . . . surprisingly frank . . . downright entertaining.? ?David Leonhardt, "The New York Times" ? First rate . . . ["The Age of Turbulence"] is intelligent in a way that few popular books on economics manage or even try to be . . . An enjoyable read.? ?"The Economist" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Pleasure to read, although at times quite dense, so to be savoured in small doses. Not a page turner for the beach. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Canuck2004
Greenspan's story is far more interesting than ever I thought it would be. In a word: FASCINATING.
An extremely well written book, by an extremely intelligent... Read more
A must-read for anyone who followed the markets under the Greenspan Fed.
Although he isn't very tough on himself, and never mentions "Greenspeak" (instead referring to... Read more
Although there seems to be much controversy aimed at Mr. Greenspan, due to the current state of the US financial crisis, I found this book quite fascinating. Read morePublished on March 10 2009 by James DiCenzo
When I started listening to the CD version of "Age of Turbulence" I expected to learn some incredible things from one of the legendary great economic minds of all times. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2008 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
While I started to read "Age of Turbulence" with the expectation of learning what makes Greenspan tick as one of the great economic minds of the times, I came away with a less... Read morePublished on July 27 2008 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
This book is a mixture of economic and political history of the past in the United States of America. The political view begins with his beginning in the Ford Administration. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2008 by Bernd Kotz
This is a great read even if you are not a student of economics. Greenspan writes in a manner that is easy to follow, while allowing the reader to learn about economic policy... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2007 by Burgess K. Dastur