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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Brancaccio Narrator: David Brancaccio Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2000 ISBN: 9780743518840
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David Brancaccio, host of public radio's rambunctious and eclectic business program Marketplace, took an irreverant jaunt around the country to investigate what Americans do with their money. His travels took him from Minnesota's Mall of America to Wall Street. He encountered entrepreneurs in California, homeowners in New York, retirees in Arizona, and some folks following their lifelong dreams in Texas. A drifter in the desert offered advice. So did a U.S. secretary of the treasury.

Along the way, Brancaccio was challenged by a cascade of practical issues: If consumption drives the economy, is there something wrong with saving? Is there such a thing as a socially responsible investment? Is charity an investment? If you can't beat a Las Vegas casino, can you beat the stock market?

Although Brancaccio's financial pilgrimage was a personal one, his eye-opening adventures reveal a great deal about American attitudes toward money at the dawn of the new century -- and they provide entertaining lessons about how best to spend, invest, and save. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Unpretentious…humorous, light-handed…By the end, you’ll have a firmer grasp of real-world economics.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “David Brancaccio’s Squandering Aimlessly is a rare treat—an insightful look at economic matters that is also a terrific read.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Brancaccio writes like the public radio broadcaster he is (on the show Marketplace), in slow, even tones, savoring every detail of his stories, in firm control of where he is going but in no hurry to get there. This is not a book you attack, but one you surrender to.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A smart and engaging book about money and the American ways with it.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JA | 1/15/2013

    " I am reading this book very, very slowly... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JA | 11/14/2008

    " I am reading this book very, very slowly... "

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About the Author

David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of Marketplace, the business and finance magazine program produced by the University of Southern California. It became the fastest-growing public radio program in America, quadrupling its audience in the years Brancaccio has hosted. In 1998 it won broadcast journalism’s top honor, the Dumont-Columbia Award for Excellence. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and African studies from Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University, where he also taught a graduate level course in broadcast news writing.