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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400185368
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The current global financial crisis carries a "made in America" label. In this forthright and incisive book, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz explains how America exported bad economics, bad policies, and bad behavior to the rest of the world, only to cobble together a haphazard and ineffective response when the markets finally seized up. Drawing on his academic expertise, his years spent shaping policy in the Clinton administration and at the World Bank, and his more recent role as head of a UN commission charged with reforming the global financial system, Stiglitz outlines a way forward, building on ideas that he has championed his entire career: restoring the balance between markets and government, addressing the inequalities of the global financial system, and demanding more good ideas (and less ideology) from economists. Freefall is an instant classic, combining an enthralling whodunit account of the current crisis with a bracing discussion of the broader economic issues at stake. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A useful and timely book…. It is a powerful indictment of Wall Street, the United States financial sector and the Federal Reserve Board.”

    New York Times

  • “Dick Hill gives just the everyman kind of reading to make…Stiglitz’s analysis of financial collapse plainly comprehensible and a ripping good—if enraging—yarn.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • A useful and timely book.... It is a powerful indictment of Wall Street, the United States financial sector and the Federal Reserve Board. The New York Times
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moominboy | 2/11/2014

    " Excellent analysis of causes of and remedies to the recent crisis. I always considered myself a fan of monetarism and Greenspan but Stiglitz's analysis is surgical and crushing. And well-structured, you will enjoy it even if you don't have a degree in economics. A must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saugata Ghosh | 2/11/2014

    " Easily one of the most detailed explorations of the global financial crisis by a Keynesian economist. Stiglitz gives a blow-by blow account of the regime of deregulation, distorted incentives in the financial markets and shortsighted bail-outs that created and augmented the global crisis. What can be said in his favour is that he does not always seems to be preaching on hindsight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ridwan | 1/27/2014

    " lets find more about stiglitz's mind "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vance | 1/26/2014

    " a bit biased but extremely informative.Very much worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralph Orr | 1/15/2014

    " A must read for those seeking to understand the Great Recession, its causes and its cures, as well as for those concerned with developing an ethical less-selfish economic system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Clark | 1/12/2014

    " Brilliant analysis of the 2008 sub-prime crisis by a Nobel Prize winning economist. Stiglitz goes into a great deal of depth but still manages to be readable. A basic understanding of economic principles is helpful but not strictly necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 12/22/2013

    " Great. Wonderful. Stiglitz has made a Keynesian out of me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamil Salamah | 11/3/2013

    " OUTSTANDING. Mankind needs more of such thinkers to bring us back to basics: the "shared values" upon which all successful civil socities are built upon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CollinB | 8/15/2013

    " I have mixed feelings about this book. Stiglitz has some of the best economic critiques of the banking collapse I have ever read. However, the book is poorly written and edited. It feels very rushed and does not always make its point clearly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Korenak | 2/28/2013

    " Decent. Would've liked more solutions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaleb Tamiru | 10/22/2012

    " Incisive and illuminating; forceful and cogent; written with sustained perspicacity - as always, Joe Stiglitz's distinct traits.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uday | 7/25/2012

    " Not as much detail as Faultlines, Too Big to Fail or Confidence Men, but covers the same territory. The back end of the book goes into and interesting essay on our moral failing as a deeper cause for 2007-08 crash. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/1/2012

    " A very comprehensive and detailed look at our economy and how we got to where we are. Some realistic solutions were included throughout the book. If you want to have meaningful discussions about the economy read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chet | 11/17/2011

    " Just reading now. Will get back to you. Love Joseph E. Stiglitz intellect! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 4/26/2011

    " interesting view, but I think his distaste for big business taints his reality and weakens his arguments. he doesn't seem to have any view into the middle ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaworu | 4/20/2011

    " Very lucid and insightful explanation of the recent financial crisis, and what is to be done to recover from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 3/24/2011

    " It's hard for me to give an unbiased review, as I am naturally inclined to agree with a lot of his positions regarding the intellectual incoherence and duplicity of the finance industry and its free-market fetishist backers in government. Deeply depressing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deep | 2/16/2011

    " Highly readable "mainstream" account/analysis of the crisis. Even within the mainstream, Stiglitz probably regards himself as a contrarian but he is unable to look at the crisis through any lens other than that provided by modern macro theory, and that's a mild disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vance | 2/4/2011

    " a bit biased but extremely informative.Very much worth the effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/23/2011

    " A bit pedantic and overblown. Stiglitz spends most of the book telling us what went wrong, and whose fault it is, yet has little to offer in the way of solutions. I skimmed the last 1/3rd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 12/29/2010

    " The best play-by-play explaining the Great Recession of 2008. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, is the author of Making Globalization Work; Globalization and Its Discontents; and, with Linda Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War. He was chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and served as senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.