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David McWilliams
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The Generation Game

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As the BOTOX ECONOMY was laid bare and the financial filler of other people's money became evident, the JAGGERS, JUGGLERS and BONO BOOMERS struggled to maintain their slice of a diminished pie.

However the author saw a possible solution to Ireland's quandaries. Taking a trip around the globe from Shanghai to New York, from Latin America to Central Europe, he says we can lea
Unknown Binding, 306 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Gill & MacMillan (first published January 1st 2007)
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Conni Dawson
The book itself was quite interesting, especially reading it now in retrospect. The writing style, however, leaves an awful lot to be desired. The author is especially fond of writing out whole paragraphs of examples.

"No music shop can do without them. They are the ones who buy all the cds, those Cream back-catalogues, top-of-the-range ipods, corporate boxes as well as Mini Coopers. They are the people who made Reeling in the Years one of the bestselling cds ever. They know words to 'An Dearg Do
Frank Peters
The book is really very outstanding. It was eerie reading it in 2009, since we are now seeking much of what the author predicted in 2007. He is very astute yet blunt, sometimes ride and often very funny. I had planned to rate the book much more highly, however the author completely ran out of steam in the last few chapters. He started to pontificate and be much, much, much too repetitive. For the fist 80%, I didn’t want to put the book down, yet the last 20% was boring and dreary.
Considering when this was published (the inside of my edition says 2007 rather than 2008 on the page here), this bopk is not as bad as he rating suggests. I think this has the potential to be an important book for either economics or history sudents in a few years.
More of a social commentary than an economics book - but for us ex-pats in Ireland it gives a good compare/contrast with the present day Ireland (if a very jaded view) to what things were like in the 80's and 90's.
It's so scary to realize the game is applicable to any nation, what's even worse, the game is already on. Fantastic piece of study with an in-your-face attitude of the author. It's a keeper.
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