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The Trouble with Markets: Saving Capitalism from Itself

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In the spirit of John Kenneth Galbraith and Paul Krugman, Roger Bootle challenges readers to look at the deep causes of the current financial crisis in his trenchant, topical, and thought-provoking exploration of both our economic future and the future of the market system itself. The latest financial crisis is explained in a historical context and supplemented with fascin ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published November 16th 2009 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing (first published November 1st 2009)
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David Roberts
May 30, 2014 David Roberts rated it it was amazing
The book I read to research this post was The Trouble With Markets by Roger Bootle which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book won the 2012 Wolfsson Prize For Economics Books & I think quite rightly. Many people think the current free market economy and the search for wealth is as old as mankind. This book addresses this and apparently the Pilgrim Fathers for example would have thought it was the work of the devil. In times past there was very limited opportunities for p ...more
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Apr 19, 2010 E rated it it was amazing
Revealing insider’s guide on how to fix the broken financial markets

You could call Roger Bootle a self-hating economist. In this trenchant study, he takes ruthless aim at fellow economists and financial professionals for allowing the financial markets to run amok. Despite his status as a City of London insider, Bootle mauls bankers for collecting overly rich paychecks and bashes investment advisers for their general cluelessness. While Bootle isn’t the only observer to arrive at the conclusion t
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Dele Cooke
Apr 16, 2013 Dele Cooke rated it really liked it
Great way to learn about real world economics.
Two flaws though - fails to mention the USA deliberately caused the run on Malaysian currency that started the Far East financial crisis, and that leads to the second - blaming China in particular for hording foreign reserves. China and the other Far East countries in surplus horde money to protect themselves from USA.
He also claims that one country in surplus always means that another country is in deficit - that would only be true if there were a f
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Theo Kokonas
May 12, 2015 Theo Kokonas rated it liked it
I did like the book - the author knows his stuff and he's put some good thinking in this tome. I found it a little hard-going in various places, and I don't think it's written for an armchair economist/beginner investor. I still recommend it as a worthy read because there's some great bits in it - the history of capitalism as he sees it is very illuminating, the summing up of 2007 financial crisis is equally a great commentary of why things happened the way they did.
In summary: If you're not in
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