From Publishers Weekly
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.?
? 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.?
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